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Friday, September 14, 2012

Bar Review, the Other One

So my students have been regaling me with stories with their experiences and observations after the Thursday night "Bar Review." If you don't have this event at your school, students gather each Thursday night at a different bar and  . . . well, among other things, drink. And it sounds like one after-burn is that Friday classes are given the short shrift in attendance and participation. Drinking on college campuses is widely reported and problematic - but I don't think we hear as much about it at the law school level.  I'm interested in your comments and observations if you have this event at your law school and whether you feel that it impacts either your students work or your Friday (or other day) classroom.

Posted by DBorman on September 14, 2012 at 06:31 PM | Permalink


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It was pretty fun back in the mid 1990s: I have many find recollections of the bars of the Boston area.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Sep 14, 2012 7:25:44 PM

It was also fun in the mid 1970s, although the custom at Stanford then was a Thursday evening affair called "Pub Night" in the so-called Pub in the basement of the Crothers dorm. (I guess the benefit was that many of us could stagger to bed without taking to the streets or highways.) I don't remember missing many Friday classes.

I recall Pub Night as one of the best things about my experience (except for the night I poured a pitcher of beer over Peter Farranto's head). There was the foosball group, and the somewhat nerdier bridge foursome, and my station, the hearts table, where I could be guaranteed to get stuck with the Maggie.

I've raised three children to adulthood and, trust me, had very little patience with parents who seemed to condone underage drinking even at the high school level ("if we don't let them drink in the house, they will just do it somewhere else"). We're in loco parentis for most undergrads as well.

But law students are adults, undergoing a strange socializing experience, and adult beverages are part of our culture. As the commercials say, law students ought to drink responsibly. But whether it affects their performance on Friday is their problem, not mine.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Sep 14, 2012 11:03:05 PM

I always tell students that November 1st and March 18th classes deliver the most frequently tested material.

Posted by: David Friedman | Sep 15, 2012 1:15:58 PM

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