October 29, 2004
What makes me laugh out loud in the library and choke on my Vanilla Diet Coke?
October 22, 2004
It's a job but without it I'd be less than what I expect from me*
OK...I know that officially I am the Queen of the Friday Funnies. However, of late I have been in a bit of 2L angst over what I really want to be when I grow up. And, after I asked readers over at Favorable Dicta to tell me about their jobs and why they liked them, I had requests from readers to make sure I compiled whatever information I got (and there was a similar request at Blawg Wisdom this week). So, here we go with what I have so far.
Blonde Justice has a great post on why she loves being a public defender. Additionally, I'm a PD is all about the day to day life of a PD and is very informative and interesting.
If you're wondering about what a day in the life of a DA looks like, Mister District Attorney is all over it...not only does he have this post describing what exactly a DA does and is, but he also did a "week in the life" series a couple of months ago.
I'm going to try to get together some other posts covering different areas, but lest you think I'm leaving you without some Friday humor...how about Rufus T. Firefly giving us some "alternate uses" for our law degrees. My fave? "Have laminated and then sharpen edges to slit the throat of the college career counselor who advised you to go to law school." Yup. I'm probably gonna go out and buy a laminating machine right this very weekend. Also, the Types of Lawyers series from Evan over at Notes From the (Legal) Underground is funny...but sometimes funny-a-little-too-close-to-home rather than funny-haha-none-of-this-applies-to-me.
*Jimmy Buffett, "It's My Job"
October 21, 2004
Choosing A School: Rank and SpecializationA reader writes:
How much does it matter which school I graduate from if I know with absolute certainty that I want to focus on, for example, "soft" Intellectual Property law (trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, etc.)? So, for instance, George Washington University is ranked #2 in IP law. Would I be silly to turn down a technically higher ranked school like Northwestern or Duke in order to go to GW for its strong IP law program, assuming all things are more or less equal -- e.g., same overall costs, no preference in going to school or living or working in any particular part of the country, no strong desire to be associated to (or to be disassociated from) an undergraduate campus, etc.? Or for any lower ranked school with a strong program in X for any higher ranked school with a weak program in X? Where do you draw the line?Excellent questions! Any thoughts out there?
October 17, 2004
Brilliant Career Advice for 2LsNotes from the (Legal) Underground opens the floor for responses to a reader's question about making career choices as a 2L. The comments also link to another NftLU post about Career Opportunities, which you might also find helpful.
Evil Socratic Method: Least Likely to SucceedJeremy Richey offers a brief glimpse at law school teaching methods. Make sure you check out the comment for alternatives to the evil socratic method, such as the "scheduled grilling method" and the "pepper the crowd" method.
Request: Case briefs v. Book briefs?A 1L reader has a question for anyone and everyone. He writes:
I like to contribute whenever I can, but in the words of Op Ivy (yeah, I'm a geezer) "All I know is that I don't know nothin'" So, Blawgers, I pose the following question for you: At what point did you decide that you understood the briefing process well, and stop writing out briefs and relying on book briefing? As the semester wears on, I'm getting (or feeling, hard to tell the difference!) more bogged down with reading. I have a book briefing/highlighting method, but I still take the time to write out a brief. Lately though, my written briefs have been getting shorter, and I've noticed that frequently when the prof will make a point in class, it's not in my written brief, but it is in my "book brief". Am I kidding myself? Or does book briefing cut it?Anyone? I continued to "brief" cases in a very abbreviated way throughout 1L, but in my second year I have just tried to write 1-2 sentences summarizing each case in my notes—a very very abbreviated brief. I don't really want to have to look at my book at all on an exam, and I don't want to transfer book briefs to an outline as I prepare for the exam. So that's my solution, but I'm certain there are better responses. Please send them in!
October 10, 2004
Biting InterviewsBiting Tongue takes a moment to spew 5 observations/bits-of-advice from the middle of the fall 2L interviewing storm. According to BT: 1. Moot Court is good. 2. A mini-career between undergrad and law school is good. 3. Journal is not so good. 4. Taking the patent bar before interviewing is good. 5. Relaxing in interviews is required. BT also recommends future 2L job-seekers schedule one day with no classes. Preferably not friday.
October 08, 2004
Captain's log: a bunch of our ship fell off, and, nobody likes me.*
OK...I'm supposed to be the Queen of the Friday Funnies...and last week I didn't even post I don't think because I've been so busy. And, truth be told, I think a lot of other students have been pretty busy too...because there hasn't been tons of posting lately at many of my favorite haunts. So, I thought to myself, what could I do to soothe all the frail and haunted law students that come here looking for a little bit of comic relief on another Friday spent library-bound? And then it hit me...OK, really I read this post over at AI and was inspired...so, I decided my contribution this week will be some recommendations and links towards blogs I go to when I need a little break from the rigors of law school insanity.
For when you're in class, listening to your ConLaw prof drone on and on about petty little things like "The Commerce Clause" and "Due Process" and you just want to look at pretty girls...you need Soupie's BBQ & Daycare.
For when you desperately need to feel like you're not the only one with a killer hangover OR a legal memo ruining your life...you need Naked Drinking Coffee.
For when you need the wisdom and
acerbic wit kindly words of someone who's been there...you need Running with Lawyers.
For when you miss The Republic (and don't we all?)...you need Lonestar Expat.
For when you don't want to have to read it yourself...you need Life, Law, Libido...they'll do it for you!
For when you're on double secret probation...you need Sugar, Mr. Poon?
I hope this helps point you towards some comic relief, which, if you're in law school, you desperately need. I hope to have some topical Friday Funnies compilations in the near future...perhaps after the
tragic end successful conclusion of OCI.
*For those of you who (god forbid) don't know...that's from Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie...which always makes me laugh until I choke. I mean that in the best possible sense of the word "choke."
October 07, 2004
In Defense of IRACAs 1Ls start to get back their legal writing this year, Three Years of Hell writes a partial defense of the not-much beloved IRAC method. If you're not sure what IRAC is or why it might be a useful way to approach legal writing tasks, this is for you!
October 04, 2004
Managing the Bad StuffA reader writes in to spread the word about the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program:
The purpose of the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program (NJLAP) is to provide assistance to attorneys, members of the judiciary, law students, and law graduates with alcohol, drug, gambling, emotional, behavioral and other personal problems that affect well-being and professional performance. NJLAP provides free, confidential, professional assistance with these and other issues to you or an attorney you know.Although it appears this resource is intended primarily for New Jersey residents, the site includes a blog that allows anyone to ask questions anonymously, so it looks like you're welcome to take advantage of it, wherever you are. The blog has a For Law Students Category, which appears thus far to focus primarily on managing stress. It's all pretty impressive, really. Sure, it's a little scary to know you're entering a profession that somehow seems to drive people to various forms of addiction or other personal problems, but better to recognize that in advance than be surprised by it later, and it's good to know resources are available to help those in need. Do other states do something like this, or is NJ taking the lead here?