Blog Entry 87
September 8th, 2010
Is it Friday yet?
I wish I could say that I had a relaxing holiday weekend, but honestly, it involved a lot of homework. I did get the chance to meet up with some friends, and I did take a trip to the cider mill, so it wasn’t a bad weekend, just not the break I was looking for.
Today, I had my ADR class bright and early at 9am. Then, I usually have evidence immediately following that class, but it was cancelled today! It was kind of a bummer that we didn’t know about it ahead of time…but now I’m ahead in the reading for that class, and that feels really good.
After my two hour break, I had a law review meeting. At the meeting, we got the chance to break into small groups and meet with faculty members to start to discuss our ideas for our writing topics. Coming up with a topic for a law review piece is different than just writing a research paper. The idea of a law review is that it is supposed to enhance legal scholarship. As such, students are expected to explore some sort of new legal question or a new area of the law. It’s not as though you can just pick a topic and go with it; we have had to do some research on “hot” areas in the law, looking for things that are interesting and relevant, but that probably won’t be resolved before publication. It’s kind of a time consuming thing…and we haven’t even started writing yet!
I ended the school day with my criminal procedure class, and then headed home for the day. After doing some housework and making and eating dinner, I am now supposed to be doing research for my advanced advocacy class. (We are supposed to meet on Mondays, but because of the holiday, we are meeting for an abbreviated class period tomorrow. The thing about law school? You can’t get too excited about cancelled classes or federal holidays…the class time has to be made up for somewhere…) Although the writing classes at UDM Law can be tedious, it’s kind of refreshing that we really take a lot of time to work through the writing process. There will be plenty of opportunity in “the real world” for us to be given an assignment that we need to just figure out on our own…at this point in my education, I’m grateful to still have a guide through my writing. (Even if I could use a nap about now…)
I only have three classes standing between me and my weekend!