June 07, 2004

In Case I Go to Georgetown...

by PG

... I need to figure out if I want to take Curriculum A or Curriculum B. For those not in the know -- as I was not, prior to last week -- Georgetown Law Center offers both a traditional first year courseload (A) and a revised set of classes based on the recommendations of their professors (B). Most students take A, but one section of 115 students is enrolled in B.

The best way I can describe B in brief is that it is "integrated." Instead of splitting up learning into traditional areas of Property, Torts, Contracts etc., B appears to be trying to teach them in an almost holistic manner, grounding students in the ideas underlying all of these aspects of common law.

This sounds attractive, but I'm oddly conservative about major revisions to educational curricula, and I want to be sure that I'm not too much of a guinea pig. I'd appreciate any advice De Novo readers might be willing to dispense about the virtues of attempting this alternative to the traditional first year.

June 7, 2004 04:43 PM | TrackBack

I'm taking A.

1) It's straight applicable to other schools, if for whatever reason I wish to transfer.

2) The Curriculum allows for an elective.

3) A familiar curriculum (plus elective) will allow me to describe what I learned and what I"m interested in (good at) to prospective summer employers.

4) Curriculum B is renowned for having too much reading.

Scope the Gtown admitted students web board for more discussion.

Posted by: Neo Tokyo Times at June 8, 2004 06:00 PM

Not that I can offer intelligent advice, but there might be a risk in B that employers would be a bit uncomfortable interpreting grades in untraditional classes.

Posted by: Nick Morgan at June 9, 2004 03:34 AM

I'm a GULC grad. DON'T take B. It's twice as much reading. You can't buy commercial outlines, b/c those courses don't exist at any other school. You'll spend the rest of your life (or the next three years) explaining to people at job interviews why you're not taking CivPro, Contracts, Torts, etc. It's an all-around bad idea.

Posted by: Sticky at June 9, 2004 12:05 PM

Sounds like a recipe for failing the bar exam.

Posted by: centrist at June 12, 2004 11:14 PM
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