Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Most contracts profs would probably prefer to teach the course over two semesters as a six-credit course. When I was a law student, my contracts course was 3/2, but the law school I attended has since eliminated one credit and made it a four-credit course. My own contracts professor applauded this change, explaining that it was hard to get students' attention during the two-credit spring course, as most of their energies were focused on their five-credit property course. I teach a four-credit contracts course and, given that I have always taught it as a four-credit course, I don't experience any hardship in being so limited. Still, I understand that most law schools still retain the six-hour approach to contracts.
We have heard the professors' perspective on this issue, but I wonder if any law students or practitioners would like to weigh in on the merits of four versus six-credit first-year contracts courses.