Monday, October 04, 2004

A day in the life

I said I would do it so here it is:
A day in the life of a law student. I have to warn you though that it is not terribly interesting

8:10 A.M. Wake up and realize you are running late. Oh crap staying up late agian doing torts homework always makes me late.
8:30 A.M. Get out of the shower and realize that you forgot to turn on the coffee pot. CRAP!!! That is a really important thing.
8:50 A.M. Get out of the door and head to class. Thank God that you are so close to your school.
9:00 A.M. Arrive to class just in time to open Word and your book. Class begins. You talk for an hour about mental culpability standards. You have a case about a guy who slept with this girl. This guy was retarded and was around 22. The girl was 13, but her and her friends told him she was 16. He ended up sleeping with her. She got pregnant and parents got mad and reported it. Still a bit confused on this point so don't go handing out free legal advice, but we have basically decided as a society that this is a strict liability crime and it is just too bad for the retarded among us. We then talk about strict liability crimes and how it applies to certain elements of the crime and not other elements of the crime. We then have a break.
10:00 A.M. We get back from break on a new subject. We are talking about this native american couple that had a kid and they weren't very educated at all. The kid got a tooth infection that eventually turned into gangreen and he ended up dying from it. Apparently after these parents were convicted of negligent homicide the legislature changed the law. We were learning how criminal negligence is a higher standard than tort negligence, but it is a lower standard then recklesness. We continue on this for a while and then class is over.
10:50 A.M. Use my small break inbetween class to use the restroom and grab some water.
11:00 A.M. Enter torts class. We start talking about negligence. We are going over the standard for professionals such as doctors. We are talking about how they have a standard of a reasonable person in their profession. That is much higher than the standard of a reasonable man. We talk about a case where a guy is initially found liable for negligence, but later on it is reversed because the testimony of the expert witnesses never said that an x-ray was needed and at the time the x-ray was not standard practice. So the screws he put in her leg that caused her pain and all the problems may not have been noticed by any practicing doctor. That is just the gist of it, but you know where I am going with this.
11:50 A.M. Break. When we get back from break we talk about causation. Case about a train that is driving down the tracks and the industry standard is to drive 25 MPH. The train company told their conducters to do it. This guy was going faster and he hit a car that was crossing the tracks and killed the passenger in the car. There wasn't enough to prove that the train conductor's negligence in driving too fast actually caused the accident. It may have been many other factors and if he had been going 25 it would have happened the same way. He was not found liable. We then talk about a case where a guy gets shot in the lip and the eye while hunting and both his friends that accidentally shot him are liable even though they can't prove who actually shot him. It was buckshot and so the two pellets that hit him could have come from either gun or one from both. The burden is on the defendants to prove it was the other defendant that actually did it.
12:50 P.M. class is over. Go to lunch w/friends to talk over a little bit about class and then most of the conversation towards towards things we hate about classmates which turns into things we do like about classmates. Too much gossip going on.
2:30 P.M. It was a long lunch and the red headed girl in class was particularly annoying. Check e-mail and fart around on the internet for 30 minutes.
3:00 P.M. check the assignments that are due for tomorrow. Realize there is a lot of work. Go and see that there is nothing in the fridge and wonder why I don't buy tasty healthy snacks. Start on work for tomorrow. Work on civil procedure homework that is all about rule 12 in the federal rules for civil procedure and wondery why our teacher is so boring. Apparently she is a guru on evidence. I don't think I want to take any evidence classes with her.
6:00 P.M. Finally done w/ civil procedure. Man that was very meticulous. Go stare at the fridge and wonder why I don't buy any good food to eat. Debate on whether going to the corner to grab sushi. Decide it's a no go. Fix pasta again. I think spaghetti w/marinara sauce really tastes like something else if you completely will it to. Spend an hour eating and then cleaning up the eventual huge mess
7:00 P.M. Decide that I should see what is on television.
7:10 P.M. Decide that tv sucks and if I don't get away from it then soon HBO/CINEMAX/SHOWTIME on demand will be turned to and I will be stuck watching a 2 hour movie and after it was over my only response will be 'wow that was a waste of time'.
7:15 P.M. I will do these 130 pages of reading for legal writing. I will do these 130 pages of reading for legal writing.....
7:30 P.M. Have now talked myself into it and I actually start the readings.
9:30 P.M. Finish legal writing readings and begin to work on the memo.
10:30 P.M. Decide that I don't like english. There is a reason I never took an english class in 4 years of college. Decide to put off the memo until another day. Pretty much meaning until the night before it is due. Decide to actually take in some televeision.
11:30 P.M. After an hours worth of 'curb your enthusiasm' I tear myself away from HBO on demand and decide it is bedtime. Brush my teeth and all that fun crap.
12:00 P.M. Pick up my computer and decide that I will add another blog tomorrow because I am too tired to write right now. Go to sleep


At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I thoroughly enjoyed this blog. I think it has very effectively changed my mind about going to law school! :) I'm still keep posting!


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