Friday, September 18, 2009

Core classes are stretching my brain

As a first-year student, the classes I'm taking here in Louisville are very similar to the introductory classes at almost every law school in the nation. I have essentially no choice but to accept the four pillars of being a 1L: Torts, Contracts, Civil Procedure and Property. Added to this mix is Basic Legal Skills, and Legal Research. But while the schedule is set in stone, the instruction in the four core classes so far has been nothing less than stellar. Here's a breakdown of my instructors and the classes they teach:

  • Property: the ins and outs of real estate, including landlord/tenant law, adverse possession and estates. Laura Rothstein is a 30-year veteran of legal scholarship, and the class has been great so far (As a landlord, perhaps I'm biased)
  • Torts: this may be my favorite class so far. Professor David Leibson has been at our law school since 1971 and has an LLM from Harvard. His cryptic drawings on the whiteboard are a source of much amusement for the class, and he offers fantastic real-life stories to teach us about assault, battery, false imprisonment, conversion and more.
  • Contracts: this can be an incredibly detailed subject. Professor Grace Giesel, a graduate of Yale and Emory, helps to untangle it, sometimes using analogies from movies. She recently has pointed out contract issues in current events, such as the dispute involving former University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie.
  • Civil Procedure: every week we are introduced to dozens of new rules that govern where, when and how a lawsuit can be filed. Professor Leslie Abramson keeps us on our toes with the Socratic method (also used in the other three core classes) and a quirky sense of humor that challenges us to constantly question the material and how we perceive it.

Not all of us have the same instructors, but these four professors are giving me a fantastic introduction to the law, and in my opinion, they're worth every penny that they make.

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