Which 1L Class Are You?

Have you ever wanted to know which first-year law school class epitomizes your personality?  (I bet you do now.)  Take this quiz and find out.

  1. Your favorite genre of television series is:
    1. Gritty crime series
    2. Reality TV
    3. Businessperson intrigue shows
    4. Feel-good human dramas
    5. Quiz game shows
    6. Westerns
  1. Your favorite subject in school growing up was:
    1. Philosophy
    2. English literature
    3. Math
    4. History
    5. Foreign languages
    6. Biology
  1. For fun, you like to:
    1. Write dark poetry about justice
    2. Play pranks on friends
    3. Negotiate at flea markets
    4. Debate unanswerable questions
    5. Play strategy games
    6. Browse real estate rentals
  1. Which of the following sounds like the most interesting topic to discuss:
    1. Does free will exist?
    2. How much would someone have to pay you to cut off a finger?
    3. Should we legalize the sale of organs like kidneys?
    4. Should language evolve to incorporate incorrect uses of words?
    5. Does every hero need a villain? Does that make the Joker less evil?
    6. What does it mean to own something?
  1. Which line from a song most resonates with you?
    1. I fought the law, and, the law won.
    2. I didn’t mean to hurt you…I’m sorry that I made you cry.
    3. If you can make a promise, if it’s one that you can keep, I vow to come for you, if you will wait for me.
    4. Bring me a higher love. Where’s that higher love I keep thinking of?
    5. I am not throwing away my shot. I’m just like my country; I’m young, scrappy and hungry, and I’m not throwing away my shot.
    6. Ah, home, let me go home. Home is wherever I’m with you.
  1. One of your weirdest qualities is:
    1. Obsession with serial killers.
    2. Laughing at inappropriate times.
    3. Loving to make charts and graphs, or quantify everything.
    4. Perennially indecisive.
    5. Fascination with very specific details.
    6. You love obscure terms that have almost no relevant usage today.
  2. How do you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
    1. Depends where I am.
    2. However is most efficient and fair.
    3. According to the specs I decided beforehand.
    4. However I want!
    5. The optimal way to get me motivated for the day.
    6. The way my family has done for generations.


Results are below the jump.


The 1L Class that is Your Spirit Animal is:

Mostly 1s:  Criminal Law.  This class explores the methods and purposes of punishment for those who commit the most intentional, and most serious, crimes.  Murder, all forms of assault, theft, and conspiracy will all be covered.  You’ll be more capable of weighing in on current events, but you’ll realize how much of the criminal law is more complex (and more beautiful) than is represented in popular culture.

Mostly 2s: Torts.  This is the 1L class I teach.  Something dreadful happens every case, but we have to keep our wits (and often our senses of humor) about us to decide who is accountable for the cost of the harm.  Individual responsibility and larger social trends are covered, and interests must be balanced.  This class involves classic common law development, so get ready to use your analogical reasoning skills.  Also get ready to read some beautiful prose, Justice Cardozo style.

Mostly 3s: Contracts.  This class is for the freedom lovers, as it covers rules people choose to bind themselves to.  Alternatively, this class is for people worried about those exploited by contracts they don’t understand.  This class explores the human condition – what can we decide for ourselves – and there are actual right and wrong answers for calculating damages.

Mostly 4s: Constitutional Law.  The weightiest questions get asked here, but never answered.  This class deals with the Constitution, the supreme law of the land, and will make you incredibly cynical, a bit arrogant in your own views, or excited to try to bring law to a field where policy is impossible to escape.  Personal tidbits about the Justices and philosophies of constitutional interpretation are only some of the virtues of this class, but warning – it may be a bit fuzzy for some.

Mostly 5s: Civil Procedure.  I have also loved teaching this class, because it’s about balancing (1) the fairness of rules that apply equally to everyone with (2) the justice of standards that account for individual circumstances.  Civil Procedure is the law for how to administer the law.  It is meta and abstract, yet involves lots of specific rules for each side to try to optimize.  There is a whole new language removed from everyday life that you’ll have to learn, but it’s time to win.

Mostly 6s:  Property.  If Suzie gives a fee simple determinable to Roger, who leases it to Jerry, how much joy will you get trying to trace through who has what ownership interest?  A life estate’s worth of joy!