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August 25, 2004

First Week in Review

Now that I can relax for a night, I can reflect on what transpired in the first week of my 2L year. One thing that's quite gratifying is watching the new 1L's wandering the halls, wondering whether they should sit in certain places in the lounge where they knew 2L or 3L's might sit, clutching their brand new torts books (the new edition of Epstein looks way smaller than mine, by the way). I guess this is why I've been told to stop acting so sophomoric.

Yes, law school is high school all over again. I knew that from the day I first set foot in the building a year ago, but it seems so much more so now. The only difference is I use my car as my locker since I usually pull into the parking lot at around 7:40 a.m. and always get a prime spot. I knew that was the reason I took the 8 o'clock Con Law. I feel sorry for all those people coming to their 10 a.m. classes who see me walking towards my very up-front vehicle and ask if I'm leaving. "No," says I. "I'm just exchanging Con Law and Evidence for Admin Law and Unfair Competition."

The classes, well, I'm not sure how I feel in that area yet. Con Law, with Prof Visiting, is quite good so far. He said he's been accused in the past of spending ten weeks on Marbury. I hope that's not true even though he's done a tremendous job of teaching it, including a good analysis of the relationships between all the monumental persons involved and their motives.

Evidence has been about what I expected. I've read enough cop novels and lawyer novels to know the basic concepts. The wireless network at the top row of the classroom is very touch and go, so I've learned a good bit of detail. I was disappointed to discover that the case I read yesterday involving the man in the plane crash who said, "I'm alive" was fictional. Opposing counsel objected to that testimony from the rescue worker as hearsay only to get smacked by the appellate judge who said "even if he said, 'I'm dead' we'd still know he was alive."

Admin Law, I admit, has me totally lost. I understand what we're talking about, regulatory agencies, but the concepts involved have me somewhat lost so far. I'm guessing as I progess in Con Law I'll feel more acclimated in Admin Law.

I never really appreciated Prof Contracts last year but now I'm thankful that I have him for Unfair Competition. He has a sardonic wit that was lost on me as I sat in the front row under the cold gaze of his mustache last year. I chose the back row this year, right under his favorite painting of Dean Pound, and the new perspective is doing wonders. The class is fairly small by UNL standards so it's much more laid back than any of my earlier classes. I don't have any problems staying awake even if it is at 1:30.

Crim Pro so far has been interesting but as it's my last class of the day, I end up doing the reading last. That leaves me somewhat puzzled by what's being discussed in class as I'm usually completely wiped by the time I read it. This has led me to reassess my reading schedule. Prof Crim Pro calls on one person each class, and each class is 75 minutes. I don't want to be the guy to leave the class in dead silence for 70 minutes.

I kind of regret taking these classes all together, but I think the conjunction of Con Law, Admin Law, and Crim Pro will help me down the line. I'm going to take Eric H's advice (he knows from kicking ass in law school) and try to get some reading in on Thursday and Friday, although I'll probably only get drunk on Fridays.

Posted by Half-Cocked at August 25, 2004 05:34 PM


Sounds like a good class load. The bunch up on Monday - Wednesday will be something of a bitch. You will have days where you haven't read for 2 of your classes. S'ok.

My experience is that admin law is really key. I think you are correct that as you progress through the con law of governmental powers, you will feel more comfortable in admin law. I always thought of admin as con law III (we had to take two semesters of con law). Anyway, pay attention in admin. Chances are it will play a more significant role in your practice than you expect. I don't know why admin isn't required.

Posted by: Eric H at August 25, 2004 09:25 PM

Hey man I would like to invite you to my blog at Connealy4Nebraska. Check it out there will be more to come. My interest is having a fair (non fanatical) discussion of the First Congressional District Race, though clearly it is Connealy biased.


Posted by: Two at August 26, 2004 08:34 PM

hey Two, what's the url?

Posted by: julee at August 27, 2004 12:12 PM

The 1Ls' wide-eyed look of nervous anticipation is sort of funny as a 2L, in a sadistic sort of way.

I did hear a 1L bragging to his peers about his uncle at Miller Canfield, and that next summer he'll be working as a MC associate making $1800/week. Not only should he wait until grades come out to think about where to work next summer, but he's not building much rapport with his peers ...

Posted by: tom at August 28, 2004 12:02 PM