Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

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Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

Postby McChicken » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:36 am

Describe the worst law professor you have ever had, and how you overcame his/her lazinesness, incompetence, hide-the-ballness, assholeness, or bullshit gradeing-ness.

Looking for comforting anecdotes as I deal with my own nightmare.

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Re: Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

Postby North » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:17 am

Had a dude who would read the parts of the casebook to us, then go around the room having everyone answer the note questions in the casebook.

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Re: Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

Postby rcharter1978 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:42 am

My civ pro professor was the absolute worst. I assumed civ pro must not be important because there is no way you would have this incompent lady teaching an important subject.

She was constantly just lost, she didn't seem to know what we were doing on a particular day, she would routinely misstate the holding in a case....as someone else said "she sounds like a drunk trying to explain this shit in a bar"

It was bizarre.

A year after our class she was retired.

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Re: Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

Postby rdawkins28 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:48 am

Appellate Procedure. Guy literally sits up there and reads the Rules of Appellate Procedure and other related rules the entire semester. No discussion or nothing. Everyone was on a computer doing something else. Can't remember what his final was like.

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Re: Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

Postby anonanonny » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:09 am

The phrase that catches my attention in your post is "hide-the-ballness" because I 100% had a professor who hid the ball for Property--on the exam that is (the worst time to hide the ball!). He would repeatedly say throughout the semester how he's very "fair" and "all of my past students would agree." Come exam time, the majority of the thing was dedicated to issues we learned the very last week. Most professors usually like to give "even" exams where they equally cover material throughout the semester--not the case here.

Of course, I didn't know until the exam that he hid the ball. I liked him in class, but after the exam I wasn't so thrilled. The good thing is that I managed to do well. I think with these types of professors, most people end up being shocked at how the exam is written and so for purposes of the curve it doesn't matter all that much (if anything, it might help those who study extra hard). I am sure to always closely study every single issue as if it will show up on a closed-book essay exam.

As for dealing with a professor you can't stand, I think it's best to just play along with their BS and realize it won't last forever. Also be sure to teach yourself the material if it isn't adequately covered in class because even professors who suck will expect you to know the material come exam time.

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Re: Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

Postby RaceJudicata » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:15 am

Admin law. Nice prof, just an incredibly frustrating style. Would cold call on someone at the beginning of class and have them discuss the case while asking abstract questions to them. This would continue for 45 minutes or so -- to the same person. The vast majority of the class were 3L's, so people were just b/s'ing their answers (nobody had read). What made this prof the worst is that after questioning students for 45 min, the professor NEVEr summarized the answers or explained the info that she wanted to get out of the case/material. It was an elongated session of the hide the ball. Very pleasant woman though...not sure she even knew how horrendous her methods were.

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Re: Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

Postby andythefir » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:58 am

Pie in the sky subject for a seminar with a professor everyone knew made the calls that got people clerkships. He'd noodle on his iPad for ¾ of the class, then dramatically snap the cover over and say "ok, here's the thing about today's topic" and say virtually verbatim what the class had been saying the whole time. He "graded" 15 10,000 word papers in 6 hours and everyone got a B+. Except for the 2 people he had already made calls for, who shared the CALI award.

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Re: Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

Postby jbagelboy » Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:41 pm

jody kraus at CLS. didn't do anything about it: just did poorly and moved on; until the bar, that is, where I had to learn the entire subject from scratch because he'd taught me nothing. Sometimes there's just no solution but making it out alive.

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Re: Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

Postby dabigchina » Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:51 pm

jbagelboy wrote:jody kraus at CLS. didn't do anything about it: just did poorly and moved on; until the bar, that is, where I had to learn the entire subject from scratch because he'd taught me nothing. Sometimes there's just no solution but making it out alive.

Ironic because Bob Scott is the man. Makes me think their casebook was 99% Scott and 1% Kraus.

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Re: Describe the Worst Law Professor You have Ever Had

Postby jbagelboy » Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:06 pm

dabigchina wrote:
jbagelboy wrote:jody kraus at CLS. didn't do anything about it: just did poorly and moved on; until the bar, that is, where I had to learn the entire subject from scratch because he'd taught me nothing. Sometimes there's just no solution but making it out alive.

Ironic because Bob Scott is the man. Makes me think their casebook was 99% Scott and 1% Kraus.


Bob Scott is awesome. Agreed.




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