Jim's Polka

The life of a former software engineer, now a law student

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The New Schedule

So, I'm done with Torts, Contracts and Civpro. (Still no grades, though.) Property is a two quarter class, so that's picked up again. To go with that, we have Constitutional Law and Criminal Law. The two couldn't be more different from each other. Prof CrimLaw is the most socratic prof we've had so far. He's not as bad as bad as some, of course, but it's still a little rough. It's getting easier now that we've figured out a few things about him. For one thing, nobody's ever right. Since everybody's wrong, it's not embarassing when he tells you so. It's only embarassing when you try to come back and prove that you weren't actually wrong. He also has a weird system for calling on people. It's by row, but somehow some people get called on a lot more than others. I just got called on for the first time today, but the people who sit in front of me have been called on 4 times.

Prof ConLaw, on the other hand, is all about the lecture. It's been almost all historical stuff so far, with brief interludes to talk about Marbury v. Madison and Martin v. Hunter's Lessee. He'll show us Powerpoint slides and talk for most of class. I don't really mind that much yet, since he has a pleasant voice and the slides are pretty well-done. On the other hand, I'm not thrilled with the writing assignment, even though it's only 5 pages.

Prof Property is still super-cool. He really seems to be enjoying teaching us the rule against perpetuities. The best part is that he really seems to appreciate the absurd arbitrariness of it.