Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ms Vogt?

UGH. It finally happened. I was called on in Civil Procedure…and got dominated. 20 minutes of answering question after question.
The Socratic method ate me alive.
But I went down with a fight.
I knew it was coming…tried to brace myself…but left the class shaking and sweating bullets.
П is from NE, Δ is from IA
1st claim is about the truth and lending act for $75,000
2nd claim is about NE law, for $20,000
Can they be combined? Should claim one be in federal court? Can claim two be in federal court? What if it was for $75,000? What if instead the Δ was from NE? What if the first claim was for $30,000? Why could it still be brought?
What makes Rule 18(a) different then Rule 20. What is the most important word in Rule 18(a). No Ms Vogt just 1 word. (the word turned out to be “has” WHAT THE HECK?! Of all words in the rule…why “has”?!)
Oh and my favorite part… Change of hypo- П is suing Δ in federal court, under NE law, for $50,000.
Will this be dismissed Ms. Vogt?
Yes.
(extremely dirty look)
Um…okay No.
(still giving me the dirty look)
Uh, I don’t know
What haven’t I told you Ms. Vogt
(silence) um citizenship
What if I said one was from NE and the other from OR
Then yes
Under what?
Diversity claim                                                                          

Could I have prepared for any of this. No! Want to know why? Because it was one of the infamous law school “hypos” that the professor spun off the case, and ended up actually covering every single thing we’ve ever talked about this semester.
If you want to watch a video of what the socratic method is like....check this video out (it is very poorly made...but SO ACCURATE!)
Sorry for my little rant. Some days I seriously wish there was a video camera in that class.
On a brighter note- I shouldn’t be called on EVER AGAIN in that class! He usually catches people once a semester. Oh also, I had two students tell me after class that even though he totally dominated me, that I handled it well.
Either they were being serious….or thought “goodness, this poor girl does not need to know the truth”

6 comments:

Em

П is prosecution, Δ is defense, right? Also, love this post. Good to know what I am getting myself into.

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

It sucks to be called on... to be honest I didnt get it at all too much law jargon!!! :D
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Kitty

Em- Yes, you've got it!
П= plaintiff
Δ= defendant

now you are way ahead of any other incoming first years :)

Ashley

Wow, I have NO idea what you are talking about! haha I am glad you handled it well though!

Emily Heizer Photography

Ugh! YOU SUCK! When I was in law school (I went to law school... twice... two different schools, total of 18 months of education and I'm paying down $10k worth of debt; I had a big scholarship, I was lucky that number isn't way higher but it sucks considering IM NOT A LAWYER) Anyway, when I was in law school, I got called in, in each class, once a month or so, moreso as the semester/year went on and people flunked out or dropped out. YOU SUCK! ONCE?! ONCE?! You got called on ONCE?! AHHH! You are so going down for that one! lol

Jessica Hartman

haha I just read this post (again) and as I'm (finally) nearing the end of law school and you are VERY near the end of law school this makes me smile and laugh, because I definitely got nailed several times during Civ Pro my first year and took it so so personally. Now, I could care less and I'm afraid it can only get worse next year. Hope you're enjoying the last few weeks of law school!

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