Wednesday, April 19, 2006

End of classes

Today was the last day of classes. It was the end of my third consecutive semester of law school. It is the beginning of the final run towards exams, and a time to evaluate all that has happened this year.

The first thing I'm stunned by is how much I have learned, not just substantively, but also in terms of how to think, analyze and view the world. I have added a level of technical knowledge to my political science and natural science background that has opened up new vistas of research possibilities.

The second thing I'm stunned by is how much I have learned in this single semester. The previous two semesters I struggled to get through readings, somewhat bored and even slightly confused by common law subjects. I realize that I'm more of a code lawyer - I like texts that I can analyze. This semester has been filled with classes I was genuinely interested in - from international trade law through Islamic law.

Moreover, I realize that I read the material much more closely this semester - particularly in the classes of most interest to me.

My first exam is Con law on Tuesday. The last core class of law school. Then comes transnational law, and finally Islamic law. During this period of time, two 25 page papers will serve as my "study breaks" because quite honestly, writing papers is something I have been dying to do since coming to law school. I've missed writing papers and thinking for myself.

There are only slightly more than two weeks left of the semester. Then, I'll be halfway done with law school and embarking on a 7 month research period punctuated by the occasional class. I can't wait.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

legal scholarship and blogs, or, atriot called therites, named after the mythical founder of democratic thinking in the iliad and shakespeare's troilus & cressida, has his way with ditzy unworthy airhead ann althouse. what thers doesn't realize is having his way with is surely ineffective, because this unusually stupid essayist clearly got her credentials through intense sucking.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahh, "thersites." sorry.

2:54 PM  
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3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The uncovering of the crime linked to the sale of Azerbaijani girls to the USA, and the punishment of the guilty parties merely shows the high level of American-Azerbaijani relations."

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an idiot, I was doubting Hollywood could produce an intelligent and relevant movie when I dissed Syriana without seeing it, and I have to take everything back to endorse the fuck out of Thank You For Smoking. So:
The only weak part -- and I mean that, the only weak part -- is this bullshit heroic Capra-esque Crusading Journalist who will do anything to bring the Truth to the light of day. I believe the writer is himself a viper in that particular pit. But that's the only weak part. This movie rocks. It has mastery over tricks like subtitling and clever stock footage. It has characterizations that spurn stereotype to capture that which is truly slimy, annoying and wrong about Hollywoodites and Washingtonians. It has Bobby Duvall as a Suth'n colonel with a loyal coiterie of black manservants in pink sportcoats, perpetually serving iced mint juleps.
Go see Thank You For Smoking.

10:55 PM  

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