Paul L. Caron

Monday, March 15, 2010

Law Prof Hitler Is Forced to Teach on Fridays

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This is incredibly funny but it's also somewhat galling to think that by watching it and finding it funny we are perpetuating the false image people (especially students) have of us. Do they really do think tax professors have such an easy life?! Was it ever that way, or has the academic life actually always involved enormous amounts of mindless administration, updating of notes, teaching of matters outside our area of expertise, and insufficient time to devote to research? Whoever decided that academics would be suited to managing and running their own faculties was sadly misguided.

Posted by: Rebecca Millar | Mar 24, 2010 9:30:21 PM

Is there someplace that has a bunch of the Hitler videos? Or do you just have to search Youtube for "Hitler" and sort them out yourself?

Posted by: Chester White | Mar 17, 2010 4:55:31 AM

In an alternate universe I had Saturday classes in all but my first quarter. One fall it was three Saturday classes: 8-9, 9-10, and 11-12. It was virtually impossible to avoid Saturday classes, what with labs and an 18 hour load. Plus the administration planned that way.

Posted by: WD Kebschull | Mar 16, 2010 8:38:13 PM

my kid starts this Fall.
she loved this one and then found more--
The Admissions Cycle:

Hitler Angry About Smart 1Ls

Posted by: Jim,MtnViewCA,USA | Mar 16, 2010 3:41:06 AM the iPad thing was a mis-translation?

Posted by: David | Mar 16, 2010 1:17:12 AM

... but isn't the TaxProf also an Associate Dean? Perhaps there is some subtle humor going on with a dose of oneupsmanship (sic) tit-for-tat against a junior professor

Posted by: RM3 Frisker FTN | Mar 15, 2010 10:39:33 PM

Who's the Dean at that law school, Satan?

Posted by: MasterThief | Mar 15, 2010 9:52:42 PM

I have to send this one off to my kid who will be attending law school in the Fall. She'll need to be forewarned about Fridays and Professor Crank Curmudgeon.

Posted by: mcnorman | Mar 15, 2010 8:29:47 PM

Ok, ok.. maybe we can talk to the Dean..

Posted by: CrypticGuise | Mar 15, 2010 7:24:04 PM

Hell, I ain't a law professor, I ain't a full-time prof at all. I'm a "full-time part-time" college prof. First I was teaching....uh....8 classes a week. Then a full-timer had an accident, and they needed a quick replacement. I took one of his classes: now I got nine.

Here's my schedule:

Monday: 10 to noon; 1 to 3
Tuesday: 8 to 9:15; 12:30 to 3:15; 6:30 to 9 pm
Wednesday: 10 to noon; 1 to 3; 6:30 to 9 pm
Thursday: 8 to 9:15; 12:30 to 3:15
Friday: 10 to noon; 1 to 3

Videos? Blogs? fuggetaboutit

So to all Hitlerian law professors: shut the eff up.

But thanks for the humor. I roared throughout the whole thing.

Posted by: David | Mar 15, 2010 6:41:08 PM

I suspect that if I knew a single word of German, this clip would cease working for me. But whether its the Dallas Cowboys, parking, or Xbox, this Hitler clip is classic.

Posted by: John | Mar 15, 2010 6:19:43 PM

May all your Fridays be free!

Posted by: Punkindrublic | Mar 15, 2010 5:18:55 PM

Sweet! There have to be some contemporaries of you and Glen Reynolds that absolutely hate you for this kind of humor!

By the way, the actor who played General Burgdorf (the one who tugs at his collar during Hitler's rant) is the son of longtime Cleveland Orchestra conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi and the grandson of Hans von Dohnanyi, legal counsel for the Abwehr (German military intelligence) who was one of the main plotters against Hitler. He was friends with and married the sister of Dietrich Bonhoffer. Von Dohnanyi and Bonhoffer were both executed along with many others in early 1945 by the SS.

Posted by: Larry Patty | Mar 15, 2010 5:06:04 PM

Pretty...indicting of the law profs at elite schools.

Posted by: Jeff | Mar 15, 2010 5:02:39 PM