Freedom! Time to Pick our 2L Classes!!

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!

 2L Classes

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!

#The2Llife: Planning for Spring Classes

GUEST BLOG by Dani Gies,
2L at UCLA School of Law

It may seem way too early to write a post about this, but actually, it may be late.

I planned the spring schedule I thought I wanted during the summer, when I was signing up for fall classes. Well, to be honest, I planned the rest of law school to make sure that I would be fulfilling all of the requirements for my program and specialization, as well as taking the electives I want to take. I will personally be taking Civil Rights, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and an Immigrant Rights Policy Clinic. I was going to take Professional Responsibility, but I may decide to work or volunteer at a local nonprofit or immigration firm instead. As I’m trying to solidify my schedule, here’s what some of my classmates have said about some of the classes they’re taking:

Advanced Legal Research: You don’t get a lot of opportunities to do research outside of the first-year required course, so this is a great way to supplement your legal education with practical skills.

Business Associations: Take it, even if you’re not interested in corporate law. First of all, it’s a bar class, and second, it’s useful knowledge. 

Constitutional Criminal Procedure: Bar class. Definitely take it if you’re interested in criminal law. Focuses primarily on the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.

Evidence: Another bar class. Take Evidence if you want to be certified as a law student to appear in court. (Sidenote: one of my friends is certified now, as a 2L in the fall! In California, must have completed the first year of law school and taken Civil Procedure, in addition to completing or being enrolled in Evidence.)

Professional Responsibility: This is required, so definitely take it. When you take it doesn’t really matter, but be sure you take the right amount of credits for the state you want to practice in, because different states have different requirements.

What classes would you recommend 2Ls and 3Ls take? Let me know on Twitter @The2Llife!