In our continuing series of posts by members of the class of 2007, we bring you 1L Christopher Trendler. Chris chose to focus on what classes are like here at the Law School: "Even though I've only been a student for a couple of months, I can definitely see that there is something different in studying law at the University of Chicago. Ideas are everywhere. From classes to the Green Lounge, from meetings of the many different student organizations to sitting with the dean and chatting at coffee mess, every idea is welcome. Especially innovative ideas. One of the most interesting classes Chicago has is called Elements of the Law - a class idea that originated at the Law School. Professor David Strauss is teaching us the different methods of reasoning judges use in making decisions, and how the law relates to other academic disciplines, like psychology, economics, business, political science, etc. In this class, the professor will often ask us about the different ideas we might have about a particular judicial decision and encourage us to draw on our knowledge we might have from studying a subject in undergrad or working in a field for a couple of years. It's so interesting to hear my classmates' perspective, and many times, the discussion will continue in the hallway after class. The idea dialogue also continues openly with professors. I've thoroughly enjoyed attending the Law School's "Best Ideas" lectures during lunch, where we can hear and debate a professor's ideas and cutting edge research. For instance, last week Dean Levmore talked to us about single subject rules in state laws and how these relate to the legislature, as well as in litigation. We were able to hear his arguments, and then respond with questions and other ideas we might have. This free and open exchange of thought that is so prevalent here is one of the many reasons my first two months at Chicago have been incredibly rewarding."