The battle over the first-year curriculum will unlikely ever end so long as there is a diversity of views as to what ought to be taught there. Because first-year courses are both a requirement (for the most part) and an initiation, most would probably agree that their subject matter should tend to emphasize the fundamental and general, not the esoteric or the highly specialized areas of legal knowledge. Nevertheless, first year subject matter should not be so abstractly "general" that it is too far removed from the real issues which a practical lawyer is likely to face. Beyond this, agreement becomes much more tenuous.
John A. Humbach, What is Taught in the First Year Property Course?, 29 J. Legal Educ. 459 (1978), http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/100/.