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August 20, 2004

The Free Beer Flows

One thing I thought was really cool about law school when I started a year ago was all the free beer. I don't know how it is at other schools, but here the first month of school is filled with free beer events (I think they're called mixers at more genteel schools) courtesy of groups like Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)and the SBA. They rein it in during the rest of the year. Free beer is only available once a month until the last night after exams, when there's enough free beer to make it seem like you'd been drunk all semester (if you weren't already).

I just got back from the first PAD party of the year at a downtown bar. All the free Bud Lite you can stand (I can't stand much) until it runs out. There was a good turnout and it was at a martini bar with lots of couches and comfy chairs so it was quite enjoyable.

I also had a short chat with Matt Connealy, the Democratic candidate for the first district house seat. His son is in my class so he wasn't there trying to collect campaign contributions from poor law students. A Crown Royal on the rocks guy is a good guy to vote for.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind when attending your first law school free beer event.

  1. If you're a 1L go ahead and get hammered at the first party of the year. You won't see any of the 2 or 3L's until the next party anyway, so if you get drunk at the next one, they'll just assume you're always overly friendly and touchy-feely, rather than a drunk.

  2. The professors that show up aren't necessarily cool or great people to have in class. They just like free beer, same as you.

  3. 2L's: Don't scare the 1L's with horror stories about the professors. The amazing ability of your professor to taunt you with just his mustache is something everyone should experience for themselves.

  4. Don't worry about remembering names. Most of the people won't look the same at 8 a.m. on a Monday as they do on Friday night. If they do, they're insane and you should avoid them at all costs.

  5. Don't bitch about the crappy beer. It's free, and that's all that should matter to law students.

Posted by Half-Cocked at August 20, 2004 10:34 PM


When did you leave the party? I got there around 10ish, but I didn't see you.

Posted by: Justin at August 21, 2004 03:25 PM

We only stayed until about 9:30.

Posted by: Steve at August 21, 2004 03:44 PM