Class Series Part 1: Contracts

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Ok, ok, I know I'm a day late, but I'm going to back-date this post to make it all better. Plus, I'm hoping to do two posts today to make it up.

I should also mention that I'm basing all of these on personal observations except where otherwise noted. I don't take too much stock in things that people say unless a) they can prove empirically; or b) that's pretty much it.

Today, we'll discuss contracts class. I think the majority of law students since 1973 go in with serious trepidation of contracts class. I blame the Paper Chase. Professor Kingsfield is exactly what we all have come to expect from law professors in general and contracts professors specifically.

Thankfully, that's not true in most law schools. Not that there are no professors who could play Kingsfield with their eyes closed, but that I don't know that they're all in contracts.

Thankfully, we don't have anyone like that here at our school. Some may differ, however, about our contracts professor, Prof. Welle. The confusion is reasonable, because she is visibly one of the toughest 1L professors at the school. Keep in mind that we don't know if she really is, of course, because we haven't actually had a real assignment (graded) yet.

One thing that is true, she will drill you in class. When you get called on, you should be ready to perform to your best ability. This results in some intimidation of the class. Having been called on a time or two, I can say that the adrenaline does indeed rush, but when it's over, as long as one doesn't flall flat on one's face, one feels pretty good.

Truth be told, contracts is one of my favorite classes, though another truth be told I only have one which I don't care for, and even that one is interesting when we get to cases. One reason I like it is that I get a feeling that Prof. Welle is genuinely excited about the subject and about the prospect of getting us to know all there is to know. I can even see some frustration if she feels like we're not getting something. We're behind in class now, and having designed and presented a curriculum, I know what it's like to get behind.

Another quality is that she is very plain-spoken. One never needs to wonder where one stands with Prof. Welle, and that's pretty cool. She really pushes us to make sure that we know everything, and I think that I'll be extremely prepared to go on in my legal career after this class.

So that's contract class. One more note: Guess who my faculty advisor is? Yep.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that my favorite quote from a law professor comes from Prof. Welle: "If you're not working harder than you've ever worked in your life, you're not working hard enough."

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Travis said:

Professor Welle's passion is indeed apparent. I, however, am never going to forget her ability to make me tell her I didn't know the answer when it was right in front of my face. I don't think anyone even believes me when I tell that story, but that is honest to goodness what happened. She called on me, I had my finger on the answer, I opened my mouth, and the words "I just don't have that in front of me" came out of my mouth. Embarassing MAJOR! But then again, it is going to pay off when I am in practice and the judge is breathing down my neck for an answer, YESTERDAY!

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