At least he got his point across...
School is tough enough without having to deal with poor teachers. I feel your pain.
Those were the classes that I used to bring newspapers to read. After a few crackling page turnings, most instructors got the hint. And, if you're as good a student as you sound, you can get away with it. At least I did..
2003-08-28 08:44 am (UTC)
He is deaf, and oblivious. We'll struggle through....
Which was not as bad, I'm sure, as the poor schmuck who politely stood there until he stopped speaking.
I was curious... Are you studying to be a laywer or legal assistant. I can follow some of this (kind of, almost) because my Aunt Kay is going to college with me in the LAP program and your classes sound similar to what she has taken.
2003-08-28 08:45 am (UTC)
Re: I feel your pain....
Law school, to be a lawyer. I am currently working as a paralegal.
Some people did stay. [shudder]
2003-08-28 06:36 am (UTC)
It happens everywhere
Sadly enough it is not just law school. Those teacher's abound and always teach the late in the afternoon or night classes.
One of my engineering professors kept us almost half an hour late at 8:30 at night because we had to get to the end of his notes for that day's session. The reason we were so far behind is he arrived fifteen minutes late.
2003-08-28 08:50 am (UTC)
Re: It happens everywhere
Keeping us over is cause for mutiny with this bunch - all working people with tight schedules. And not many who are shy about their feelings.
2003-08-28 06:53 am (UTC)
Reminds me of a math professor I had in college, he was a raging alcoholic.
You may have to hook up with some other students in the class and resolve to plod through the material on your own. Heres to hoping you pass in spite of the instruction your receiving.
We'll probably arrange a study group soon. We could hold it during class time - gods know we wouldn't be missing anything.
CrimLaw seems to be one of those subjects that you either hate or adore, and it always comes down to the prof. I learned more in one day of CrimLaw lectures of BarBri than I did in an entire semester of class. My prof loved talking about the theory of everything, so we spent weeks on the damned canibalistic sailors and I learned what mens rea meant by watching "Legally Blonde". *hugs* You'll get through it.
BarBri is my only hope of getting past this on the bar. I relly wanted to like it, too.
It's a really neat subject, but I only learned that on the bar. :\ Silly profs.
"It's a good thing intent isn't enough for a criminal charge, because the whole class would be in jail now."
The old coot is asking to get lynched at this rate!!!
Any chance of finding any of his students from last and getting an idea of what his exams are like??
He sounds like the walking definition of "those who can't do teach!"
Fortunately, the school makes a policy of making old exams available for review, so I will be able to get ahold of his and get an idea of what he's looking for.
I think you used to "do" quite well. But now he can neither do nor teach. Law school shouldn't be the repository of retirees.
My personal frustrations are usually with my fellow students - there's one in particular who manages to ask a "look how smart I am" question at least once a week - but there have been lectures where I desperately wanted a fast-forward button.
I will say that my Crim Law Prof (who was my Constution & Criminal Investigation prof) was the kind of guy who knew where we would be at 8 PM on the sixteenth class meeting, and he spent a lot of time on actus reus. Some people cannot grasp it.
Still, I bet it truly sucked.
Stay strong, sister.
2003-08-29 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: I feel your pain
I wouldn't have minded a long time on reus actus if he had been explaining inchoate action and the subtlties of attempted crime.
He just kept repeating himself, with slight variations on the theme.
Last night in Property we spent better than half an hour getting it through people's heads that even if the oil is under your land it doesn't belong to you unless you capture it and someone else can come along and take it all, and that's perfectly all right. But it was a lively dicussion, various aspects discussed, and I didn't mind at all.
Hammering something home only works if you're bringing substance to it. All I know from him is that I don't know enough about actus reus.
Oh, you started with the fox. I love the fox.
Your textbook wouldn't happen to be "Property Law and the Public Interest" with one of the authors being Hylton, would it?
2003-08-30 05:58 am (UTC)
Re: I feel your pain
Yes, we started with the fox, but the book is by Singer. Pierson v. Post, however, appears to be a classic place to start. My prof said that one time she was going through stuff in her mother's basement and came across her grandfather's Proprty Law notes from 1924 and they started out with Pierson v. Post.
And I love the fox, too.
Jay, I love 'beginning of term' stories! Gimme more!
I'm starting to look forward to it myself :)
*feeling decidedly 'Willow-ish'*