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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Classes for next year... or other random observations

In an attempt to resurrect the blog and provide our summer associates across the globe (hi Matt) with hours of needed diversion, I thought our first thread for the summer could be for class recommendations for next year. Of course posts & threads of any variety are welcome... especially controversial ones that will bring the JReubs flocking.


  • Lookin' at Fed Tax w/ Chirelstein, Antitrust w/ Hemphill, Deals w/ Gilson and Goldberg, and the Private Investment Funds Seminar.

    I figure that I'll occassionally attend Fed Tax, rarely attend Antitrust, and generally attend Deals and Private Investment.

    Any reasons why I should avoid these classes (like too much work or strict attendance requirements)?


    By Blogger Jon, at 2:00 PM  

  • Private Investment Funds is taught by the a Private Equity fund formation partner at Debevoise who is really nice. I would imagine that would be a fun class, but I am not sure about the work...

    By Blogger lauda, at 11:32 AM  

  • My bipolar fall semester:
    Fed Courts redux w/ Monaghan,
    S. Contemporary issues in federalism w/ Metzger, Antitrust w/ Hemphill, S. Comparative Antitrust w/ Mavroidis.

    After that, I'm thinking of either a finance class from the B. School or an economic sociology class. Or maybe Hamburger's Am. legal history class. Cliff, how was your experience with him?

    Does anyone have anything good/bad to say about Mavroidis?


    By Blogger jennejohn, at 1:34 PM  

  • Chirelstein is a treat... Just buy his little tax book.

    By Blogger Me, at 3:58 PM  

  • Some of my prospects:

    Patents w/ Edgar
    Copyright w/ Wu
    Fed Courts w/ Stone
    Fed Income Tax w/ Raskolnikov
    Evidence w/ Feinberg
    S Big Case: Tactics and Strategy w/ Kessler
    S Life, Lib& Liab in the Dig Millennium w/ Parness
    S. Trial Practice w/ Topkis

    Also, a couple of questions:
    1) How do you sign up for the intensive Prof Responsibility class?
    2) What is the legal practice workshop, and how would you sign up for it?

    By Blogger Scottypancakes, at 6:32 AM  

  • Jon,

    You aren't going to join me in Corporate Transactional Taxation? Here is what I am thinking:

    S. Corp Transactional Tax
    S. Ethical Issues in Tax
    Administrative Law
    Criminal Investigations

    or alternatively, I may substitute the seminar on nonprofits for ethics.

    By Blogger Aaron, at 7:18 PM  

  • By the way Matt, maybe you can tell me why Fed Courts is only 2 credit hours in the Fall.

    By Blogger Aaron, at 7:19 PM  

  • What's the workload like in corporate transactional tax?

    By Blogger Jon, at 9:30 AM  

  • The backstory regarding fed courts of which I am familiar: Monaghan is getting old -- doesn't want to teach the full class anymore. So, he's just teaching what he wants this fall -- a course on the separation of powers. The nice thing for a person like me, who really just wants to take a class from Monaghan but also needs to take Fed Courts for a clerkship: Monaghan's class has the words "Fed Courts" in the title.

    The other nice thing is that it's 3 credits instead of 4.

    My guess is that Prof. Stone (visiting), who is teaching the 2 credit option in fall, thinks the four credit Fed Courts class is a bit much. That's not unreasonable. It also doesn't seem unimaginable to me that this is also part of a greater effort to get more CLS grads into clerkships: some of the fence sitters might take Fed Courts now because it's not a 4 credit slog.

    For the gonzo Fed Courts student, there is still a four credit option with Prof. Dorf, who will undoubtedly be up to the task, in spring.

    Cliff, Phil, and/or Derrick might know more, having taken Fed Courts last year.


    By Blogger jennejohn, at 11:54 PM  

  • I think I have my schedule for next year set, as follows:

    Deals workshop (Kirman and Norwitz)
    Securities and Capital Markets (Coffee)
    Ideas of the First Amendment (Blasi)
    Law & Legal Insitutions of China (Liebman)

    If anyone has taken any of these courses and cares to comment, please do.

    By Blogger Ben James, at 8:50 PM  

  • And by the way, the best part about going to Dallas: VIP suite seats for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals!! Who cares if it is 95 degrees every freaking day!?

    By Blogger Ben James, at 8:53 PM  

  • Here are my lottery selections, in random order:

    1. Evidence with Feinberg.
    2. Criminal Investigations with Livingston
    3. Fed Courts/Separation of Powers with Monaghan (He was so much fun the first time around, I feel compelled to join in again)
    4. Antitrust with Hemphill
    5. First Amendment w/Blasi (though I may decide to take Monaghan's First Amendment class in the spring, since one can never get too much of Monaghan, and as I recall he has some very salty stories to tell about his experience defending the First Amendment)
    6. Environmental Law with Merrill

    If my feelings about Monaghan aren't clear enough yet, I'll put in another plug for him. Everyone should take a class from him before graduating from Columbia. It should be a curricular requirement. And he's teaching three classes this year, so there's plenty of opportunity.

    By Blogger Phil, at 6:03 PM  

  • I ended up applying to be a moot court editor and also a TA for Professor Scott, though I'm not so sure if either will end up happening. I'm looking at the following possibilities:

    1. Fed Tax w/ either Chirelstein or Raskolnikov (depending on Moot Court)
    2. Ethical Issues in Tax w/ Diana Wollman
    3. Trusts, Estates, and Estate Planning w/ Newman
    4. Corporations w/ Goldschmid or Pistor - any recommendations either way?

    I might also throw Copyright with Wu on as a backup class...

    Any thoughts, comments, or criticisms?


    By Blogger Jeff, at 8:41 PM  

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    By Blogger Jeff, at 8:41 PM  

  • I've heard Corporations with Pistor is dreadful. I had her for a seminar, and she was ok there. But I can see how a large class format is not for her: she's a bit hard to follow at times (her English is passable but not great). I would go for either Goldschmid or Goshen, frankly.


    By Blogger jennejohn, at 12:02 AM  

  • I would avoid Trusts and Estates. It is not that complicated of a subject that you couldn't learn everything the class teaches in a bar review class, the teacher is boring as anything, and the final is horrible.

    By Blogger Ben James, at 6:52 PM  

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    By Blogger Jon, at 9:08 AM  

  • Other than that, the class was great...

    By Blogger Jon, at 9:10 AM  

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