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“But for the most part, I feel like I’m going to be thrown into this big ring to fight this gladiator that I have no idea what he looks like and how strong he is and I could feasibly die.”

And so, Ms. Iachan, how did your first semester go?
I made it through and I’ll be fine.
Very well, tonight I want you to read pages 23 to 38 in your casebook.

 

DID YOU CALL ON ME?
That first time can overwhelm. You're fresh to law school, trying to get your bearings when an imperious professor scans a class list and calls your name at random. Uh oh, you think, now I'm on the spot. We asked some alumni how they responded the first time they were called on in class. Those who didn't blank out the experience told us how they reacted or the strategy they employed to avoid it.

"I don’t remember that. What I do remember is that one time, in Paul Bender’s first-year class on Criminal Procedure, there was a very tense moment when Prof. Bender called on one person who passed, then a second and then a third said “Pass.” As the tension mounted, the fourth person, who also was unprepared, responded: “Two Clubs.” Fortunately, Prof. Bender saw the humor — whether or not he was a bridge player, I cannot say — but the tension was defused.” PAMELA F. CRAVEN L’77

"I don’t have a vivid memory of the first time I was called upon in class. I was sufficiently concerned, however, that I raised my hand to speak when I thought I knew what I was talking about to lessen the probability of being called upon randomly. That strategy generally served me well.”– RICK SCHIFTER L’78

"In the early days, I was always terrified I was about to be called on. So each time a professor would say expectantly “Miss . . .”, I would cringe inwardly until the name of his next victim was announced. I survived several weeks until one day in Contracts, Professor Frug said, “Miss . . . .” Hearing a name other than my own, I immediately relaxed, happy I’d dodged another bullet. Then I realized that everyone in the class, including Professor Frug, was looking expectantly at me. In that instant, I remembered I was recently married and had a new last name!” – PAMELA DALEY L’79

"I always volunteered when I did the reading. Then when I didn’t, the professors were so sick of hearing from me, they left me alone.” – LISA SCOTTOLINE L’81

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