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?
(extremely dirty look)
(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
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”