Yuko Sin is an instructor and blogger for Blueprint LSAT Prep. He just started at Columbia Law School, and is writing a series of law school-related posts about his experiences.
I’ve been at Columbia Law School for just over three weeks. It’s been rough going. I’ve lost about 20 pounds off my bench press. The body can only take so much free pizza and booze.
Law school classes are in something less than a full swing. Columbia gently eases us in with a three-week class called Legal Methods. This is a pass-pass course; no one in the history of the school has failed Legal Methods. One brave 1L spent all of 5 minutes on her Legal Methods final. The professor gave her a stern talk (read: free lunch) and made her retake the exam.
But some aren’t taking it easy. There have been rumors of a “gunner.” As it was explained to me, a gunner is a law student high on confidence, low on competence, and mystified by social cues. The kind of attention-whore we will all love to hate.
A day after inappropriately arguing with his Legal Methods professors, Gunner kept putting his hand up in class without any prompt. The professor points at him and goes, “Mr. Gunner, two things. First, if you’re wrong you’ll have to shut up for the rest of the day. Second, you’re wrong.” You would expect a law professor’s burn to come in the form of a syllogism.
I love my Legal Methods TAs. They are brilliant. I wonder if I’ll be that smart after only one year of law school? At least my first cold-call went well. “Scalia prefers ‘common meaning’.” Four words. Done.
Anyway, I have to go now. I hear pepperoni and Sam Adams calling my name (hopefully it’s not my Legal Methods professor). Wish me luck.
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