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The 2L Year (How not to Succeed in Law School)

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As I’ve been mercilessly flogging to death, more from James D. Gordon’s now jaded How not to Succeed in Law School (.pdf)

The second- and third-years are about the same as the first year, except that you are a cool second or third year student, and you get to choose your teachers (this is called forum shopping) based on the difficulty of their grading curve. The professors believe that you choose their class based on their teaching ability and the centrality of their course to your future career, so it’s wisest not to reveal this little secret. The professors describe their courses in a list called, appropriately enough, “Course Descriptions.” They try to make the courses sound like interesting and important educational opportunities that no person who calls herself a lawyer would dare overlook. They do this because if no one attends their classes, the dean might fire them. Or worse, make them teach Property.

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