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November 16, 2005

Last Schedule

Here's what I'm looking at for 3L spring.

Copyright - 1:30 - 2:45
Fed. Jur. - 2:50 - 4:20

Copyright - 1:30 - 2:45
Fed. Jur. - 2:50 - 4:20
Education Law - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

ADR - 3:10 - 4:25

ADR - 3:10 - 4:25

I have one more class to decide upon. I'm still trying to get into a couple, Mediation (MT - 4:30-6:30) and Trial Advocacy (Thursday 6:15-9:15). If I get one of these I'll be thrilled. If I get both I'll probably drop ADR.

Judge Riley of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is spending his Thursday nights in the Spring teaching Trial Ad so I'm really hoping to get into that. I'm the first alternate should anyone drop. Mediation is a 4 credit class which would save me from writing the Copyright paper since Copyright is only 2 credits without the paper. I've also heard that you get your Mediation certificate or whatever which would be nice.

Federal Jurisdiction is notoriously the hardest class in the school. At this time I know of only one other person signed up for it. Why am I taking it? I discovered this summer while working on a very complicated case in federal court that not many lawyers know the ins and outs of federal jurisdiction - the various abstention doctrines, habeas corpus, etc.

Education Law is the Teachers' College version which means it'll be aimed at teachers who want to be adminstrators meaning mostly people who haven't been in school for awhile meaning it'll be easier than any law school class.

Any way this schedule shakes out I'll have most of my days free for work which will be nice.

Posted by Half-Cocked at November 16, 2005 11:02 PM

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Riley is pretty cool. I can't recall what he did prior to his confirmation in 2002. He clerked for Judge Lay some 35 years ago and now they sit on the court together.

Posted by: Eric at November 17, 2005 06:36 AM

Learning Federal Jurisdiction is absolutely a good idea.

Can I buy your notes so I don't have to actually go to school again?

Good luck with that Riley class. I hope you get in. I don't know Riley's voting history. It's an incredibly conservative court. I would love to hear what this guy has to say, no matter what his leaning.

I suppose I should go back to school.

I can't, though. I have things to do.


Posted by: phat-ass at November 17, 2005 11:49 PM

I forgot to say this.

The legal director from ACLU generally says to people that you should study what you want in law school. You are likely to be able to learn the stuff you need as you go along. Advice among lawyers is not hard to find, especially if you are doing social justice work. Hell, if you aren't doing social justice work, you can usually find enough in the budget to get the guy you need to explain something.

I was able to pick the brain of an off-duty lobbyist the other night. He tends bar as his "sanity job" and I tip well.


Posted by: phat at November 17, 2005 11:54 PM