Law students traumatized by grand jury decisions

Oh, you poor delicate little flowers, OF COURSE you can skip your finals.

http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/12/08/columbia-law-school-allowing-students-traumatized-grand-jury-verdicts-postpone-finals/

Law students can Postpone Exams for "Trauma" over Grand Jury verdicts

As we watch the ongoing outrage over two recent grand jury decisions, in which some have chosen to combat perceived injustice with criminal violence, surely we all had the same prevailing concern: how will this make Columbia law students feel?

The next generation of lawyers is apparently so "disturbed" (by the outcome of the legal process) that Columbia Law School is allowing students to postpone taking their final exams if they’ve been "significantly impaired" by the "trauma."

Power Line Blog published the text of this message from interim dean Robert Scott to the law school community:

The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally. For some law students, particularly, though not only, students of color, this chain of events is all the more profound as it threatens to undermine a sense that the law is a fundamental pillar of society designed to protect fairness, due process and equality.

- The law school has a policy and set of procedures for students who experience trauma during exam period. In accordance with these procedures and policy, students who feel that their performance on examinations will be sufficiently impaired due to the effects of these recent events may petition Dean Alice Rigas to have an examination rescheduled.

The school will also offer sessions with a trauma specialist "to discuss the trauma that recent events may have caused."

that is the lamest crap I've ever read.

That seems rather silly.

This can't be serious. That's ridiculous, could you imagine an actual traumatizing event happening in this country. This fucking generation of young people would be paralyzed. Phone Post 3.0

Sagiv Lapkin -


That seems rather silly.

When the dog ate my homework just doesn't cut it anymore. Phone Post 3.0

Law students are such assholes

- Former law student

I actually saw the reverse of this back on 9/11 - I was helping a professor administer a neuroanatomy exam, and the reports had just started coming in about a plane crashing into one of the towers, and someone asked him right when the exam started if they could put it off a day or so. He hadn't even handed out the papers yet.

Dude stopped what he was doing and announced loudly to the class in no uncertain terms that they were to stay in their fucking seats and take the fucking exam unless they wanted a fucking zero. He seemed offended that people might not feel up to taking his test.

Dude was/is absolutely brilliant, and believe it or not is one of the most popular teachers in the entire med school, but he really shit the bed on that one. To be fair, I think it was so early on, it wasn't clear how awful it was just yet...

Z NEDCMK1 -


They should be more traumatized by their student loans and the dismal state of the law industry job market.

This. Phone Post 3.0

Good luck being a lawyer.

-a lawyer Phone Post

Can't wait to see how they react when a ruling doesn't go their way.

Geez. Bunch of pussies. Phone Post 3.0

what a load of silliness.

If they do it make it go on their permanent record so when they are lawyers looking for a job some real lawyer can call them a bitch and think how that's the last person he wants on his team.

You want to be a lawyer but you go mental due to some law shit you don't agree with. Phone Post 3.0

How have they had such a profound reaction to something that ultimately doesn't affect them in any way? You would think they would use this as a LEARNING opportunity and look at why/how those decisions were reached. That way if they are ever happen to be a prosecutor they can try and prevent that from happening. Isn't that what a good student should do? Bunch of pussies running one of the most respected institutes of higher learning into mediocrity.

It's hard to read case law through the eyeholes in your Guy Fawkes mask.

Sofa King Cool - This should be an important lesson from the students. "Decisions are not always going to go like you think they should. So get up, dust off, move forward, and do something to change the things that you disagree with."

Instead, the lesson is: 'Oh you poor baby, take the day off and here's a counselor because you disagree with those mean old court people." Phone Post 3.0


THIS! So everytime they lose a case are they going to have to take time off?

How is this real life Phone Post 3.0

None So Blind - I actually saw the reverse of this back on 9/11 - I was helping a professor administer a neuroanatomy exam, and the reports had just started coming in about a plane crashing into one of the towers, and someone asked him right when the exam started if they could put it off a day or so. He hadn't even handed out the papers yet.

Dude stopped what he was doing and announced loudly to the class in no uncertain terms that they were to stay in their fucking seats and take the fucking exam unless they wanted a fucking zero. He seemed offended that people might not feel up to taking his test.

Dude was/is absolutely brilliant, and believe it or not is one of the most popular teachers in the entire med school, but he really shit the bed on that one. To be fair, I think it was so early on, it wasn't clear how awful it was just yet...

Me too! I was also studying neuroanatomy in preparation for an exam around that time. Wow, you know that saying about brilliant minds.?.





Hides comic book under couch....along with AA degree

I bet many of them will go into corporate law, estate planning, insurance, divorce, etc. as specialities and never see a day in court.

do medical students quit because obamacare isn't as great as they hoped? Did mining students collapse in a heap during the last oil spill?

lawyers are supposed to understand the real world and it's harsh realities and have the ability to persevere.

i'd be ashamed if i used that excuse to get out of an exam.

Guys I think we lost,America is done! Im gonna go get a sex change and join in on the faggotry.

IP - 
None So Blind - I actually saw the reverse of this back on 9/11 - I was helping a professor administer a neuroanatomy exam, and the reports had just started coming in about a plane crashing into one of the towers, and someone asked him right when the exam started if they could put it off a day or so. He hadn't even handed out the papers yet.

Dude stopped what he was doing and announced loudly to the class in no uncertain terms that they were to stay in their fucking seats and take the fucking exam unless they wanted a fucking zero. He seemed offended that people might not feel up to taking his test.

Dude was/is absolutely brilliant, and believe it or not is one of the most popular teachers in the entire med school, but he really shit the bed on that one. To be fair, I think it was so early on, it wasn't clear how awful it was just yet...

Me too! I was also studying neuroanatomy in preparation for an exam around that time. Wow, you know that saying about brilliant minds.?.





Hides comic book under couch....along with AA degree

LOL - didn't mean for it to sound that way, but I did think it was relevant that it was med school, as it is fairly comparable to law school.

And yeah, I'm a med school professor now, and I'm willing to bet I have more comics than anyone on this thread. No shame in that :-)

Back on topic - apparently it's spread from Columbia to Harvard now:

http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202678451011/Harvard-Law-Students-Join-Drive-to-Delay-Final-Exams#ixzz3LQDZIlvl

"The push to delay law school final examinations in light of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases has spread to Harvard Law School, as administrators at Georgetown University Law Center said students could seek delays on a case-by-case basis.

Those Harvard students have produced an open letter in which they demand that their examinations be delayed. "Like many across the country," its authors claim, students “are traumatized" and "visibly distressed" — to the extent that there is now a "palpable anguish looming over campus. The "national crisis" that has been provoked by the cases of Garner and Brown, they argue, has left them with no choice but to "stand for justice rather than sit and prepare for exams."

And, like their brethren at Columbia, they contend that their "being asked to prepare for and take our exams in this moment" amounts to their "being asked to perform incredible acts of disassociation" — requests, which taken together, have led them "to question our place in this school community and the legal community at large."