A Not So Quick Update
I made my last tuition payment yesterday. There is something very satisfying about the fact that after 7 years my schooling is about to start paying off rather than me paying for it.
That being said my holiday 'break' was anything but. I started off with a last minute win for one of my clinic clients! After putting over a year and a half into a case it's an amazing feeling when it actually pays off in helping someone else. After that I had two exams. They were spaced a full eleven days apart so I took advantage of the time to go visit some friends in the Toronto area I hadn't seen in a while. One excellent road trip later I was back in the area trying to find motivation to study for what was my final exam of law school. Both exams were in Windsor so I'm still waiting for grade release to see how successfully my effort turned out.
Once exams were over I made the approximately nine hour drive back to Ottawa for a couple days with the family at my Mom's house before heading up to our chalet with Dad. It was really great spending so much time with my friends and home ski community. We also had some of the best snowfall in living memory!
During this time I had two other commitments I was working on. The first of these involved researching for the Niagara Moot (More on this later.) The second was finalizing the organization of the moot for the Canadian Law Games. The Law Games are an interschool competition between Canadian law schools - typically filled with friendly competition and some excellent socials. As the Chair of Windsor's Moot Committee, I was asked to put together the moot for it, its’ one serious academic event. Together with my committee we spent a good part of the fall putting together the problem (In both French and English) and completing the preliminary organization.
I drove back to Windsor on the third so I would have a couple of days to look after the last minute details and final organization. I'm really glad I did as this also allowed me to attend more of the socials and really get the chance to meet with students from all across the country. It was a great event and perfect start to the new semester. The moot went off with only one small hitch. I couldn't have asked for better. The competitors were, for the most part, well prepared and represented their schools with skill and passion. Félicitations à L'Université Laval qui a gagné.
Now, with all the excitement over, classes are starting. Or rather Windsor classes have started and UDM classes start today. However as my first Windsor class is on Friday and my first UDM class only begins at 2 p.m. I am still basking in the pre-class glow.
My class schedule for this semester comprises:
-Cross border sales and financing transactions (Dual JD 3L mandatory course – UDM - 4 credits)
-Michigan Bar Exam Essay strategies (UDM - 2 credits)
-Law of Armed Conflict (Windsor – 3 credits)
After 2 years of constant course overload in order to finish the Dual Degree program on schedule I have a nice calm 13 credit hour semester (The above plus the Niagara Moot – 4 credits.) This is the minimum Windsor allows us to take. I did contemplate picking up an extra course but as I still have relatively demanding, non-exam classes and job applications to do in addition to my extracurricular activities, clinic work and bar applications. I decided taking it easy might not be such a bad thing.