Sunday, October 28, 2012

Justice Scalia says his "single best advice" to law students is stick with "bread and butter" courses

Speaking recently at U. of Wyoming Law School, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told students to avoid "law and [fill-in-the-blank]" courses and instead focus on the fundamental subjects to best prepare themselves for practice. As reported by the Casper Star Tribune:

In response to [a] question about the single best piece of advice Scalia would give to law students, he advised them not to waste their time taking “frill courses.”

“Professors like certain subjects that they’re writing a book on, so they teach a course in that subject,” he said, adding that students who take the course get to do the research for the book.

“Because there are so many professors teaching their hobbies, the rudimentary courses are not taught with the frequency necessary for everybody to take them,” Scalia said.

“The only time you’re going to have an opportunity to study a whole area of the law systematically is in law school,” Scalia said. “You should not waste that opportunity. Take the bread and butter courses. Do not take, ‘law and women,’ do not take ‘law and poverty,’ do not take ‘law and anything,’” he said.

You can read full cover of his recent speaking engagement here.

Hat tip to ATL.

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