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Friday, March 08, 2013

Student Humor-Civ Pro Edition

My in-semester essay for Civ Pro was to be due on the Tuesday after spring break. On Tuesday, several students filed a Complaint and served it (by another faculty member) in class; the students alleged an Eighth Amendment violation and sought an injunction giving them an extra two days to complete the essay. I submitted an Answer later that day. In class yesterday, another colleague came in as judge (complete with gavel and robe) and announced her decision from the bench (includes video).

I admit to not being thrilled to have moved the assignment. But creativity counts for a lot. It was nice to see them being very creative and funny, while also showing they are learning something (their complaint shows an OK basic level of understanding of how to structure and write a pleading) and even having some fun in law school. And as you can hear, they appreciate humor from us in response.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on March 8, 2013 at 09:23 AM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


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Why were you "not thrilled" to give them the two day extension? In my experience, professors are very happy to make work due immediately after a school break (such that the students have to sacrifice some or all of their vacation to the assignment) but not willing to assign work due right before break (such that they may be expected to grade over their own vacation.

Breaks are meant to be breaks, and should be respected as such.

Posted by: Andrew MacKie-Mason | Mar 17, 2013 5:21:14 PM

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