Eugene Volokh has some advice to law students (that I probably never would have thought about) after relating the troubling experience of a successful but passive law student:
So, first, make efforts to talk in class. Don’t talk just for the sake of talking, but surely you’ll have some interesting questions — ask them. You’ll also have some interesting answers that others in the class aren’t coming up with — give them. Don’t be afraid of sounding stupid to your classmates. Very few of the questions and comments that I’ve heard in class are at all stupid or embarrassing (yes, a few are, but really very few); and if you aren’t a frequent talker, your classmates will be glad to hear a new voice, instead of listening to the usual suspects.
I was always under the impression that most people in law school are going to be those types who think they’re awesome and want everybody to know it by talking a lot. I guess I’m wrong. I have tendency to be passive if the material is uninteresting, but if it’s something that gets my blood flowing I have no problems butting heads with people, even with professors.
[Ed. note: What a messy original post . . .]