GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona Law School
The time has arrived my fellow 1Ls. We finally have some freedom, and we get to pick our 2L classes for the Fall semester! I cannot believe how fast this year flew by. My class registration day is just around the corner, and I am sure yours is quickly approaching too. So here are a few tips to help you as you pick your 2L classes.
Talk to current 2Ls and 3Ls
Sometimes multiple sections of a class are offered, sometimes in the same semester, but usually in Fall and Spring. As you are aware teachers often take a very different approach not only in teaching styles but also in grading. For instance, at my school, one section of a class has a multiple choice exam as the final, and the other has the option of a paper instead of taking a final. Depending on which you prefer this could be a deal breaker.
You have to take this into account as you plan your schedule and the BEST resource for this information is the people who have gone before you. They can provide you insight to class structure, professor demeanor and more. You don’t want to look back and wish you’d known, so now is the time to ask!
Take 2L classes related to your focus
One of my professors talked about how if you’re interested in Immigration law, in addition to that you should also consider taking administrative law, which may seem obvious. However, they also said you should consider related classes like family law and employment law since they share similar elements. This will help you be a well round attorney in your field.
Plan beyond the Fall Semester
I am very excited to be participating in the very first Phoenix Externship program offered by UofA in Spring of 2020, so I need to be really focused on completing as many of the business litigation certificate courses I can in the Fall. Maybe you plan on doing a study abroad or will be participating in an externship in another city as a 2L or 3L. You have to keep that in mind as you select your classes for Fall; otherwise, you might discover that you come up short. You also need to make sure you keep track of graduation requirements especially if you plan on taking the February Bar exam.
Plus…Talk to the Registrar
In addition to planning ahead, you should also stop by the law school registrar, to find out when certain classes are offered. For instance, if a professor is visiting and hosting a special seminar class, it might be your only chance to take that class.
Bar Focused Classes
Some people plan their entire class load based on if the class is tested on the exam. For some, this might be a great approach, but for others, they might be taking a class they have to relearn during bar prep anyway and perhaps those credits could have been spent elsewhere. It really depends on your personal preference.
I hope you get all of the classes you want next semester and if you have any other suggestions let me know over at @The1Life on Instagram and Twitter!