Question of the Week
Do You Recall Any Creative Hypotheticals From Law School? Did They Cross the Line?
Posted Feb 16, 2011 2:40 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough
We learned this week that a veteran law professor is on the hot seat after students complained his criminal law class hypotheticals involving the school's dean were too violent, sexist and racist.
In the scenarios, the Widener Law dean was a shooting victim in 10 cases and a drug dealer in another.
Hypothetical scenarios, the professor's lawyer maintains, are a common teaching tool. And one of our colleagues remembers her evidence professor regularly featured students in exams, hypothetically committing all sorts of unsavory crimes.
She observed that the ridiculous crime-laden storylines kept her three-hour exams interesting. It wasn't uncommon for her to hear a nervous laugh and guess that another student had just read a particularly out-there fact pattern involving a classmate.
On Twitter, another lawyer called the Widener controversy "absurd," adding, "We had professors knocking off students in CrimLaw and Wills, and putting us on death row in ConLaw."
This made us wonder whether you recall any hypotheticals from your law school days. Did your profs use students, fellow profs or administrators in the scenarios? And did any of the hypotheticals cross the line?
Answer in the comments.