Blog Entry 125
June 11th, 2011
Summer is in full swing!
I’ve been doing a lot of Law Review this summer. Between reading article submissions, grading write-on competition pieces, and editing articles, it’s basically been like a full-time job. Fortunately, the work is enjoyable enough, and everything is so varied, so it has been pretty painless.
In addition to the full-time job that is Law Review, I’ve also begun interning full time at the federal courthouse. My judge is great, he has awesome clerks who have been really good about giving us interesting assignments, and even though I’m only two weeks in, I already feel like I know so much more about how to be a better lawyer. In addition to getting the chance to observe court proceedings, a big chunk of my time is spent reviewing the pleadings submitted by both sides of a case, researching the issues independently, and then writing memos suggesting which side got it right, and which way the judge should rule on a particular matter. It’s giving me the chance to see both good and bad lawyering, and I think it helps to put all of those things my professors teach into perspective. (For example, I got to watch my first federal criminal trial. Having just taken Trial Practice, I picked up on so many things that my professor insisted were effective or ineffective, and it was just SO cool to see these little things play out!)
Last week, I also did a two-day Australian Law course. I needed a class to fulfill my international law requirement, and this seemed like a great way to do it. We spent two full days in class, getting a sampling of the Australian Constitution, some history of their legal system, and a bit of discussion about their property laws and their freedom of religion provisions. Now, I have about a month to submit a paper comparing something we covered in class to a relevant piece of American jurisprudence…and then I have one more required class out of the way!
On the subject of classes, we also just finished registering for our fall classes. I was pretty pleased with the schedule I came up with, and ecstatic when I was able to get into everything I wanted: Business Crimes, Pre-Trial Litigation Law Firm Program, Professional Responsibility, Estates and Trusts, and the Criminal Trial Clinic. Despite my full schedule, I will only have class Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and I will be in court four hours on Wednesday mornings. I’m really looking forward to my clinic, and having the chance to represent real clients. Although I’ve always saw myself as more of a prosecution person, I think the opportunity to be in court (on the record!) on real criminal matters will be unparalleled with any other class I take in law school…that’s the hope anyway!