Friday, March 08, 2013
Briefing a Sigh of Relief
I survived my first rite of passage as a law student: I briefed my first case. This means I was called on in class to stand up and give a short synopsis of a case from our reading assignment. This was in my Contracts class, and the case was Hamer v. Sidway where the issue was to determine whether or not an uncle made a gratuitous promise to his nephew, or whether a contract had been formed. As you stand and give the facts, the professor then puts you on the spot and interrogates you, asks your opinions, and leads a discussion that other classmates can chime in. The entire time you stand (with your butt to your classmates - a downside to sitting on the front row), and the conversation is directed towards you, so you had better know the answers! At one point I felt a little light headed and thought, oh my gosh, I'm going to pass out right here! I guess it was just the adrenaline. The whole ordeal lasted maybe 10 minutes or less before we moved on to the next case and some other poor soul got called on and I could sit back down and allow my heart rate to return to normal.