Posts Tagged ‘Thoughts’


September 8, 2009

I am tired. Recovering from Labor Day weekend and struggling with my first legal writing assignment, today has been busy. But I promised a post sooner rather than later, so here it is.

First week thoughts:

  • The sheer volume of law school neuroses boggles me. People need different color pens, people have to have their books arranged just so, folks all seem to struggle with a lack of routine all the while assuring everyone around them that they most definitely have theirs all figured out. Its interesting to watch law students. Its like sitting in an airport. An airport full of nerds.
  • Reading is no longer greek to me. Breifing is going faster. I know a number of my classmates have already given up on briefing proper, but I feel that it really helps me to process the material. I am not sure that I will ever look at them again though.
  • My professors (Civ Pro, Torts, Crim Law) are ridiculously accomplished and each are unique in their pedagogy. Crim law is the liberal arts, philosophical bent (my bread and butter). Torts is sharp and passionate; a great class to have early in the morning. Civ Pro is definitely the old school, brilliant, extract the nuggets of law school goodness from an awesome lecture kind of guy. He has been doing this forever and just knows his stuff. I love civ pro. The idea that the rules of the game are less a measuring stick and more of a force that binds the universe together gets me wet. Truly.
  • Continuing with the Jedi metaphor, I feel that law school is really just a glimpse into the legal world. There seems to be so much to know, so much that can change and so many ways to discover/process/analyze information. In that sense it is totally overwhelming. At the same time, however, never before in my formal education have I felt that I was truly being given a set of tools or, if you’ll allow it–NERD ALERT–building  a light saber. I don’t yet know much about the law, but I know that I am loving what I think I can use all this for.
  • Finally, I am certain that I am in the right place. It’s not something I could have said a week ago, honestly. The economy is hurting the legal profession and I know that I am not in a school that will magically open doors for me. Doesn’t matter. I feel our generation of law grads are going to be forced to be a lot more creative than previous generations. That excites me. If you want big law, more power to you. I never did. I am here for damn sport of it. My train of thought on this subject does not yet have a caboose.

OK Mad Man Encore is starting and I begin a diet/work regiment tomorrow. Be well Gentle Readers.