What makes Communication Law so difficult? In the beginning, Communication Law (more often referred too as Comm. Law) doesn’t seem so hard. The material is interesting; the content is relatable and exciting. But somewhere along the excitement of the class gets flipped. Analyses are due; Tests approach, and soon, you find yourself overwhelmed. It doesn’t help when you lose track of when a case brief becomes due. I’ve heard the cries (sometimes literally) of many students saying, “I don’t understand these cases” or “What is he even looking for?”
Students are given a scenario and instructions that read to apply other cases to it and argue how you would dispute the case. At first, it would seem that the case is largely opinion based, but that is far from the truth. Each case is filled with minute details that make for a single correct answer that, if not discovered, destroy your whole case and can cause a bad grade.
What could make the tests easier? What if it wasn’t a writing intensive course? While learning facts and blurting out answers may seem like a good method of learning, at times, I feel like this would be ineffective in Comm. Law. The essays required in all of the tests and case briefings cause you to think critically and practically about each case in order to make sure you truly understand what you are discussing.
While sometimes this class is challenging and, at times, achieving an A may seem impossible, any time you receive a good grade on assignment you are filled with a sense of accomplishment. You feel as if you could walk into court and argue a case (although I would not recommended it). So even though Comm. Law is extremely hard, the thing that makes common law such a difficult class is the same thing that makes it such a rewarding experience. Honestly, I would not change a thing.