Friday, August 30, 2013

Is the third year of law school like watching paint dry?

Several 3Ls believe it is according to this story from the Business Insider.  They'd rather use the third year to learn practical legal skills than take electives like "law and literature" or "lawyering and biography."

'Like Watching Paint Dry:' Why The Third Year Of Law School Is A Waste

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A recent graduate of the University of Missouri law school, Rita Flórez says a third year of classes is "like watching paint dry" after two years of course work. "You get to 3L and you're just like, why I am here?" she said. "I had a lot of classmates who skipped frequently."

During the first two years, law students take meaty courses like CivPro (the rules lawyers have to follow during civil lawsuits), contracts, and legal ethics.

By the time she got to the third year, Flórez says, she wanted to continue developing her legal skills instead of taking electives, like law and literature and lawyering and biography that third year. Many of the students in her cohort developed senioritis, she says.

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But many professors defend electives on the grounds that that is the coursework where students hone the analytical skills that will make them better lawyers in practice.  Students will have plenty of time after they graduate to learn the perfunctory aspects of law practice like how many pages the brief is supposed to be and where to file a motion.


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