Monday, June 13, 2011

Laws and Law School in the First Year

In the first year of law school, students don’t learn that many “laws.” When I say “laws”, I mean statutes. Sure, 1L’s will have a heap of common law and caselaw thrown on them, but black-letter laws are somewhat sparse.

I saw a few statutes in civpro and intellectual property. We also saw a bit of the UCC in contracts, but technically, the UCC is not “law”, but it is the foundation for many state laws.

I suppose law professors find it more important to teach us critical thinking skills and “how to think like a lawyer” as opposed to remembering black-letter law.

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