Not Back in the Saddle, But Sizing Up the Horse

Posted: January 6, 2009 in Miscellaneous

One of the (many) oddities of law school compared to other forms of higher education is that you are expected to be fully prepared on the first day of class. Not fully prepared as in have a pencil and paper, but fully prepared as in complete a lengthy reading assignment and be prepared to be put on the spot and respond to grilling from a legal mind light years ahead of your own.

We are scheduled to add a new course this semester (Criminal Law), so we will have six classes to prepare for by next Monday & Tuesday. So far, only one has posted our syllabus and assignment, so yesterday, while Hillary was back in school and Jody/Erica were shopping, I trudged back to the library and spent a few hours learning the finer points of res judicata and briefing a couple of cases for Civil Procedure (under the theory that I don’t want to wait until Sunday to try to do all six classes).

It wasn’t too painful, so I don’t think the full force of studying will necessarily kill me next week. What may do me in is how lazy I’m becoming. During the fall semester I was accustomed to 6 or 7 hours of sleep each night. Let’s just say I’m growing accustomed to much more than that right now.

But it has been a good break, and it’s not over yet. I’m not doing any school work today or tomorrow, and I suspect by Thursday some more assignments will have shown up and I will start easing into my other subjects. If all goes as planned, I will be fully prepared for the onslaught by Monday.

But This is the day the Lord has made without law school homework. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

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