Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What was the holding...

So, after the hell cold calling of my first year you would think that I would have come to my senses by now. Being unprepared sucks and it makes you look like a total jerk. You might expect that for this reason I come to class everyday prepared and ready to volunteer my insights.

Yeah, as if!

Sadly, that is not the reality of second year. With the mounting stress of finding a summer job, rough draft due dates imminent and my three fingered grip on what is left of a social life there is not always time to read. And when there is, I speak not only for myself but also for the majority of my classmates: whether they have read or not, they HATE getting called on. I guess, some of us were badly burned (thank God—I wasn’t!). Others are just too busy on GChat or facebook to be bothered with even paying attention in class.

So I got to my Con Law class today and, like every day, my Con Law neighbor and dear friend Ryan tells me he has a good feeling- today we will not get called on. Our professor has this godforsaken contraption that randomly generates a number and he starts with the seat that corresponds with the number. So it was very much to our surprise when the professor announces. “Mr. Ryan I will start with you and then I will go on to you.”

Crap- he was talking to ME. Not only was Ryan’s attempt of channeling Miss Cleo completely unsuccessful, it had bolstered my confidence in choosing not to read in the few minutes I had before class. (Instead, I ate an apple.)

Well, today was my day- like it or not. I’m not a huge fan of people who pass so I figured I’d wing it. I opened my computer to Westlaw, Lexis, Wikipedia and oh, yeah, the text of the case: Caperton v. Massey.

So Ryan is up first. DAMNIT- he gets all the easy vague introductory cases. Should judges recuse themselves, what impact does it have…blah, blah, freakin’ blah.

So now it’s my turn. Ms- what was the holding of this case? Nailed it. Did the court use any precedent? Nailed it. Why did that fall short? Awww crap.

Me: “Bullshit… bullshit… bullshit.”

Professor: “Actually…kinda, sorta, not really.”

Such went the rest of my time in the spotlight. Luckily, but don’t let that give you the wrong impression- I had a few moments of redemption.

Enter: GChat

4:04 PM Classmate: i don't know what we're talking about, but you did a good job!

4:05 PM me: i didnt read.

Classmate: haha


me: swear...

Classmate: solid job then

me: i scanned during the intro of lecture

thanks duder

Yay for positive reinforcement!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Just Starting!

Hey ya'll! So after much deliberation, I've decided to start a blog dedicated to exactly what my life has been dedicated to...LAW SCHOOL!

As a seasoned second year the unfamiliar has become oh too familiar. So this is my way of contributing to the blogging world. Just a little piece of insight into the ridiculousness that is law school.

It's 4:38 and I should be in my Evidence class. Unfortunately, due to my own paranoia, coupled with the ridiculous paranoia of Loyola Law School, I considered it wiser to stay home than to contaminate my classmates. Maybe tomorrow I will have the chance to sidle up to one of those gunners sitting in the front that answer the most mundane of questions. But for now... it is me, tea, and a nice warm blankie.