Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Tower of Babble

I was conferring with my clinical partner this morning on when to meet, what materials to bring, et, when I made this mega-blunder - I said "I'm so stacked up Wednesdays and Thursdays, is it possible to do it early next week?". Stacked up?! What was I thinking?!?!

That morning blooper got me thinking about the many culturally inapprorpiate gaffes I've made in my time here. All at my expense.

Gaffe 1
So last winter, sometime around the end of February, I was telling 3L how sick and tired I was of being cooped up at home and how I miss the sunlight and the summer-all-year-round Singapore phenomenon. 3L, the good friend that 3L is, says spring is fast approaching and the days filled with the golden rays of the sunw ill be here soon enough.

Me: "That'll be awesome. I can't wait to walk the streets when that happens!!"

3L: "Walk the streets?!?!"

Me (wondering why walking is so alien to 3L): "Yea! I haven't done that in *so* long. I miss it!"

Of course, by "walking the streets" I meant literally walking on the streets. Enjoying the sun and the warmth. It would have been received perfectly well in other parts of the world. Trust me. I lead no such exciting life.

Gaffe 2
I was talking to some of my friends about vacationing abroad and saving money by staying with some friends while abroad. I was giving an example about how I'd done that in the past and saved a tidy sum.

Me: "Oh yeah, it's totally worth it. The minute you have a friendly chap someplace, take a vacation! I've shacked up like that before."

Friends: *lots of sputtering noises, together with incredulous expressions on faces*

Me: *looks totally innocent and thoroughly baffled*

Friends (after managing to find their tongues): You've shacked up just for vacationing??

Me: "Errr...sure...what are friends for??"

Friends: "We are never telling you where we live! Even though you may be smokin' hot!" (Ok, I may be making up that last bit....damn, I've never been good at lying!!)

Me: "Huh?? Why would you not want me staying with you?!"

And then it came out that by "shacking up", I meant "staying with"..."bunked with". A good laugh was had.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Snow at the Equator

I was telling a friend over the weekend that the winter is even harsher for me since I have never experienced a weather below 70 deg. F. But that's incorrect. I also said, incorrectly, that I had never seen snow before coming to the U.S. There was once that I actually played in snow... in 85 deg. F. weather.

I remember vividly - I had just moved to Singapore at the age of 13. And there was this empty plot of land (VERY scarce in a tiny country like S'pore) next to a huge shopping mall, which, all of a sudden, saw a flurry of activity. I saw tents being set up, workmen swarming all over, huge containers being carted around. All a la circus. But no animals. Plus, the land was just too tiny to accomodate a full circus. And so, I was totally consumed by suspense.

Not for too long, though. Soon enough, there was a big banner proclaiming a unique experience in the snow for all us equatorial people. Obviously, I had to see what it was all about. When they opened up the mini "fair", I finally saw what they had been building the whole time - a snow tunnel!! It was this long-ish structure made of, I assume, ice coupled with tough snow...?? Anyway, it was this wonderful tunnel where you pay an admission fee and play in for an hour. There were plenty of little kids and a few teens, like me. The tunnel was built mostly with the kids in mind, but that didn't stop me from a little frolick on a real sultry, humid evening, right in the midst of the equatorial region.

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Bollocks, Balderdash, and everything British

I liked the alliteration. The post itself has nothing to do with Bollocls, Balderdash, or anything British. Sorry to disappoint. If I did.

I was going to post on something else at first, but this caught my eye. A new blogger with many many visitors, who, inconceivably, comment by the dozens. For *each* of the posts. The blog is a little over-the-top - racy, inconsiderate and quite frankly, jack-assish (not a word, I know). And yet it has generated enviable traffic. That makes me wonder whether the tabloids have it right - do people only get attracted to what is frowned upon? The blog degenerates the older students at law school, the foreigners, and the frat-boy wannabes. Notably, the blog also expresses extreme annoyance at Jeremy Blachman for deciding not to be a lawyer upon graduation.

Now, I don't know if the blog is another persona or a real person, but I just wonder how a patently offensive blog like that gets more visitors/readers and comments than the nicer bloggers who've been in the game a lot longer than just 2 months. Should we just give up and cave in to our baser nature which we've suppressed in the name of political correctness? Because, with the whole internet thing, anonymity has afforded users the luxury of indulging in an unabridged and unbridled passion for political incorrectness. Should we embrace that trend?

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Sunday, January 23, 2005

E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!!!!!!

The Philly Eagles are playing in the game which is a pre-cursor to the Superbowl. Against the Atlanta Falcons 9who don't merit their own link). Now, am not the greatest sports fan there is, and certainly not of any of the truly American sports. For example, football & baseball. But, that said, I love watcing the Superbowl series. There is something to be said about witnessing a man get wallopped while he's freezing his balls off, all the while sitting down comfortably in the living room eating a steaming bowl of chili with rice, wrapped in a cosy fleece blanket and watching the snow fall, adding to the 16 inches of snow already accumulated on the ground.

I like long sentences. Sometimes.

Much thanks to Ambivalent Imbroglio for giving a shoutout to my blog. AI is a veteran of the blogging kingdom, up there with Favorable Dicta and Jeremy Blachman. It's an honour to be mentioned on your site, Sir. *curtsies*

Taking a page out of AI's book, here are some of the blogs that I recommend reading. Apologies in advance if I have left anyone out. Underneath Their Robes is a brilliant find of mine. I liked its post with the Chertoff quiz. Class Maledictorian is another recent discovery. It's very noir and gothic, at least to me. Interestingly, she is the only one to break the secret code of anonymity by putting up a snap of herself. Gutsy indeed. Screaming Bean is a personal favourite of mine. She was the first person who commented on my blog right after Favorable Dicta introduced it on hers. How sweet!

E.McPan of The Neutral Zone Trap is someone I feel very connected to. Her school apparently had a C+ curve, which it recently switched to my school's B- curve. We are bound by empathy, although she doesn't know of me yet. A small detail :) Another special blog to visit is Favorable Dicta's good friend, Legal Quandry. Many of my inspirations for the quizzes I take come from her site. While am not sure that's a good thing, it makes me visit her blog again and again! As it so turns out, it's LQ's birthday today. Happy Birthday, LQ!

In other news, someone Aspiring to Become a Lawyer hates law school. Join the club, pal. His blog chronicles the agonising wait that all of us went through to get to law school. As does that of Anonymous Recent College Grad. I don't know how anonymous you'd get if your name is right up on your blog... unless it's a fake name... Hmm...

Alright folks, kickoff in a minute. E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Pot & Law

Yesterday was the half-JD party, which I didn't attend. It's far too cold for me to venture out. And now we're being snowed in. We have a snowstorm till Monday We're supposed to get over a foot of snow within the next 40 hours or so. Nice.

So anyway, the half-JD thing. I didn't go because I didn't want to brave the weather, only to be greeted by bacchanalian revelry. Maybe over the summer, but certainly not in the dead of winter. Brrr...

The Deviant Lawyer has a post about why he changed his mind from doing criminal defence to something not so criminal. I used to think similarly, but I've started to change my mind. See, I think criminal defence is not so much about your client as much as it is to preserve the justice system. The fourth and fifth amendments were established to protect innocent people from police brutality and government over-reach. Time and time again, such infractions have occurred, thus justifying these amendments (and many more). Sure, you will have clients who may well be guilty of the crime they are charged with, but I view their representation as being more of representing the justice system in its entirety rather than that defendant.

I take a very utilitarian stance on this subject. I remember a "The Practice" episode (while I understand that I should know better than to take TV drama seriously, this illustrates my point beautifully) where a man was charged with murdering a nun, chopping her body to pieces and stashing them in his closet. The police found those pieces in his house while conducting an (later determined to be) illegal search. The issue was this: Do the pieces come in as evidence in a murder charge against him? The judge ruled not. The Prosecution and the church were devastated, as was the defence attorney, who had effectively represented her client.

I was horrified too, but think about this - if the evidence had come in, the police would have been granted latitude to go into anyone's house and conduct a search at any time at any place. And it's not like all policemen and policewomen (sorry, *had* to do that) are highly responsible and moral people. And so, we think whether it's justified to sacrifice small numbers to ensure that larger numbers' rights aren't infringed on. I realise that I am presuming certain citizens' rights are the same as certain others'. It might be a folly but how do we know who to discriminate against and who to protect and embrace?

Ultimately, a defence attorney's life is infinitely tough because of the moral implications it involves, but I think it is a noble job precisely because of it. There are slimeballs who make a mockery out of that nobility, thereby casting aspersions on the entire profession, but that exists in any vocation. Humans (and this may come as a surprise) *are* fallible, but it takes real courage to stand up for what you believe in and try to strive for the best that you can.

On a totally unrelated note, I will never be a defence attorney.

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Friday, January 21, 2005

The Funny, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Ugly
E.Spat mouths off about law school grades. Something very close to my heart. Too close for comfort.

I have spoken to more than a few people at Temple about the confounding grading system, and no one seems to have figured it out. I was talking with 3L,whose advice was: "Don't read or think about the material before class, but pay extra-close attention during the class. Ultimately, the professor wants to hear what he or she said in class. Not what you independently think about the issues."

Geinus said: "Check your brain at the entrance to law school. Don't read cases, don't give too much credence to what professors say, rely on commercial outlines instead. And take decent notes."

Kitten said: "Always read before class."

Kay said: "People who don't perform at law school exams aren't dumb. Not in the least."

Fuhrer said: "Pay attention in class. That's the best thing to do."

Res_Ipsa_Loquitur said: "Whaaaa...??"

The Bad
Think you can ever be happy? Hah!

The Funny
I stole this from someone's blog and now I can't remember which one. But honestly, I cried when I read it. Tears of laughter, mind.

Quote of the Day: Another prospect volunteered he probably should not be on the jury: "In my neighborhood, everyone knows that if you get Mr. Ballin (as your lawyer), you're probably guilty."

PS: I now remember whose site I stole that gem of an article from. Much thanks to Anonymous College Grad.

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Lawyer ha ha ha

My Trial Ad professor was talking about the 12 principles of successfully conducting a trial. One of them was the usage of themes throughout the trial. Any theme that the jury can wrap its mind around and take back with it into the room. So he's giving us examples of such themes deployed in the past, one of them being the
(in)famous "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" (courtesy of Johnny Cochran for O.J.)slogan. And then he went on to give examples of themes that would have been vastly successful if they'd been used:

1. Clinton trial: "He cheats on his wife but that's his personal life."
"If there is no mess on the dress, he need not confess."

2. Unabomber trial: "If it didn't detonate, you must exonerate."

From another of my Trial Ad classes:

"During the Nuremberg trials, the panel for Goerring consisted of 4 lawyers, each from a different country. And according to the historian present at the trials, each of them had a questioning style representative of their country's character.

The American - questioning was bold and unique, but got into trouble every now and then.

The Britisher - ineffective on his own, but brilliant when bailing the American out.

The Frenchman - charming, but *absolutely* ineffective.

The Russian - heavy, steady, tank-based approach which, once got started, could never be stopped."

The professor was making a point about how you should never quarrel with the witness on cross examination. So he goes back to the Nuremberg trial for Goerring and tells us that the Russian was quarrelling with Goerring. Here's how:

Russian: Look at this document I'm about to hand you. Is this your handwriting?

Goerring: Yes.

Russian (Yelling at the top of his voice): Do you now confess to being a fascist bastard???

Goerring: No.

Russian: Look at this other document I'm handing you. Is the handwriting yours?

Goerring: Yes.

Russian (still yelling real loud): Do you now confess to being a fascist bastard???

Goerring: No.

The questioning apparently went on ad nauseum.

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Egregious paradox

Interestingly, Bush will fight America.

More later. Class at 6.

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Test mania


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Courtesy of Screaming Bean :)

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I'm a bully?!

YOU ARE RULE 12(b)!
While you might be a defendant's best friend, you
aren't exactly polite to others. You have
seven separate grounds on which to dismiss a
plaintiff's case. You are a bit paranoid,
since if you fail to raise your 12(b)(2,3,4, or
7) in a motion or a pleading with one of the
other 12(b) defenses or a 12(e) motion, you
waive those objections for the rest of trial.
Some might say that 12(b) is the biggest bully
of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, but
hey, somebody needs to keep the peace. You
might not be the most popular guy in the
office, but you're probably the most important.



Which Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Are You?
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Thanks, Divine Angst

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Capsuled autobiography

I had to write a brief personal memo for my clinical - Representing Charitable Organisations. Here is what I came up with.

An international education and cultural background are two traits that make me stand out at Temple Law School. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology (dual major program) in Singapore four years ago. Although at the time I didn’t think too highly of Sociology, it has come to shape and mould my view of life and specifically, the legal arena. I am intrigued by the social dynamics, complemented by the political aspects of the social climate, that impinge vastly on how laws are made and what laws are made.

Aside from that sociological interest in the law, I am very keen on the impact law has on the business world, and vice versa. To further my education in this regard, I have been taking classes that have to do with commercial and corporate laws. Since education without pragmatism, in my opinion, is rather incomplete, I chose this clinical to give me the requisite “human touch” – to be able to deal with real life clients and real world legal complexities. I interact better with people with the aid of words, rather than words standing alone, and hence this clinical.

I have worked as a summer associate in two firms in Singapore. One was a boutique corporate/commercial firm while the other was a local commercial/corporate litigation firm. I thoroughly enjoyed the work handed to me at both places and gained invaluable experience dealing with actual clients and their legal issues. I am confident that this experience will greatly enhance my performance at the clinical.


My non-legal writing skills need some polishing up.

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Tax Law can be funny

A sentence in the nineth circuit Tax case reads, "In tax, as in comedy, timing matters."

I would've never thought of that analogy. It's inconceivble that Tax, specifically Corporate Tax, can be in way or other compared to humour. But there it is, the nineth circuit achieved the impossible. Kudos.

At least it got a chuckle out of me, not to mention a post, Saturday morning.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Welcome to zany schedules & a new trend

My full schedule for this semester:

Monday - Corporate Tax: 2.30-3.45
Chapter 11 Corporate Reorganisation: 4.00-5.50

Tuesday - Nothing

Wednesday - Clinical: 9.30a.m.-12.30/3.00p.m.
Trial Advocacy: 5.30-7.30

Thursday - Corporate Tax: 2.30-3.45
Law, Science & Technology: 4.00-5.50
Trial Advocacy: 6.00-7.00

Friday: Early weekend

A three-day week? I'm speechless.

Of course, I have to work for my clinical during the other days of the week, as well as on my paper for Law, Science & Technology But what the hell. I still have only a three-day week!

I've only attended 3 of my 5 classes and they all sound interesting to me. Even better, my Chap.11 prof. told us flat out that he ain't following the ridiculous B- curve! Apparently he likes doling out A's & B's. He did say that every year there's one student who "just doesn't get it". I'm resolved not to be that student.

On a different note, has anyone noticed that the U.S. law bloggers seem to come from the top ranked schools? I must have read some 15-20 blogs, which in turn make references to other blogs, and the authors all seem to belong to the Ivy League schools. I tried to search, in vain, for bloggers from Temple. None. Apparently I'm the only one wasting my time jabbering away on cyberspace. Widener? None. Upenn? Plenty. Granted, I don't have much by way of a sample size to make such a statement, but it does seem like only the Ivy Leaguers are blogging. Is that true? I'll be very interested to know if my observation is flawed, so give a holler either which way!

In other news, Philly's radiomen seem to be taking a cheap shot at call centre employees in India. American men make Indian women cry. Paris & Nicky become high school teachers. Almost. And conservatives elsewhere grapple with internet porn.

Quote of the Day:
"A spokesman for Welsh Conservatives -- who stressed he had not seen the offending site -- said the problem arose when the Delyn conservatives took on a new Internet address but forgot to renew their ownership of the old name, which was subsequently snapped up by a pornographer. " (emphasis added... duh)

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Sunday, January 09, 2005

The end of Life as I know it

Schools starts back up tomorrow. I hope my blog does not suffer an arrested development due to that all-consuming fact. Thus far, I've managed to keep to one of my resolutions, to blog regularly. I'm proud to say that I've blogged once a day this year. I'll be happy if I blog thrice a week starting tomorrow.

I'm gearing up to a real interesting semester. I have all of 2 exams!! *Res_Ipsa_Loquitur then proceeds to cheer, somersault, do a couple of backflips. Then sees stars* I'm in Temple's famed Trial Advocacy course, Chapter 11: Corporate Reorganisation (Yes, I'm not a product of the American (mis)spelling system), Corporate Tax, Law, Science & Technology (for which I get to learn to play poker! Yay!), and a clinical where I represent charitable organisations. Only Corp Tax & Chap.11 have exams. Of course, the other classes I have taken involve tremendous amounts of work throughout the semester, but at least my grade is not entirely decided by my performance over a mere 4 hours. Plus, it'd be cool to see the inside of a federal courtroom.

All my hours of watching Law & Order will finally pay off.

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This is P R O F O U N D

Water
You are water. You're not really organic; you're
neither acidic nor basic, yet you're an acid
and a base at the same time. You're strong
willed and opinionated, but relaxed and ready
to flow. So while you often seem worthless,
without you, everything would just not work.
People should definitely drink more of you
every day.

Which Biological Molecule Are You?
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Saturday, January 08, 2005

Oh dear me, how fussy can we get?

I just remembered this rather funny and revealing incident that I must share. You know how everyone keeps telling you that the legal industry comprises of a bunch of WASPs roaming around with a stick firmly shoved up their asses? It's true. Apparently a dude was rejected a job, despite meeting with the hiring panel's approval, because his e-mail read keepingitreal@hotmail.com.

Scary.

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Brevity is the soul of wit

In trying to be witty, I give you this very short post for today. I had fun plugging away the numbers. It's fun, easy, and free. To a law student, the last is of utmost importance.

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Friday, January 07, 2005

Thanks

Thanks to all those who e-mailed me regarding the Sarbanes-Oxley project. However, it now looks like I may not be doing the project after all. Let's see how it goes. But thank you, definitely!

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Spitting

I have a number of gripes today. So prick up your ears and lend me your eyes.

1. This showcases discrimination at its worst. It makes me deeply ashamed to be a Brahmin and an Indian. It makes me want to create a tsunami and flood all those who discriminate at a time like this. I'm so cheesed off, I can't find a better way of articulating the utter disgust I feel. All I can do is apologise on behalf of my barbaric brethren. What can I say, they're supremely ignorant fools.

2. What on earth is wrong with men?! I thought while reading the abovesaid article that nothing could beat that. Only to find I was wrong. Is sex THAT important?! If he had waited a little longer, she wouldn't have protested. And he'd be a necrophiliac.

3. What is it with law students and Fear of Math? They can understand Latin in under a fortnight, but can't add a couple of 3-digit numbers without a calculator present? Temple has a couple of Tax professors for the basic Income Tax class and the top reason students cite for choosing one over the other is ... *drum rolls* math!!! So I was in the dreaded "math" class and all I remember doing in class was calculate 10% of $100. And then came the exam, and people got all panicky, worrying whether calculators were allowed inside the exam room. Well, they heaved a sigh of relief when it *was* allowed. I can only imagine how justified that concern was when we had to add $500 to $10,000. I just don't get it, how can a cohort of the nation's finest minds be this afraid of a bunch of numbers? It's not like we're asked to work on calculus or trigonometry. Why such an unproportionately distorted Fear of Math?

And then they wonder why American high schoolers are pathetic at Math compared to the so-called third world countries.

4. Jeremy's post on his law school advice to a high schooler made me think about the gamut of law schools in the U.S. Temple has a hands-on approach to teaching its students the Law (at this point, I realise that I spell "Law" with an upper case "L", but that's because I think it ought to be spelt that way. "law" doesn't look right. Maybe I allot it more respect than it deserves, but bloody hell, this is *my* blog! I'l spel things ani way i plees!!!). According to Jeremy, Harvard takes a more theoretical approach. I did learn things like where to sign your name on a real estate document, where a debtor's name should be reflected on a borrower's note, etc. Plus, we have clinicals which actually let students deal with real clients and real issues. I have friends who have represented Philly's transportation department in arbitration proceedings. Collectively taken, Temple's graduates come out with some real world idea of the legal practice and are able to hit the ground running. I guess the point of this post is that law schools come in many shapes and sizes and I am curious to know if there are any more methodologies out there.

I'm real proud of Temple Law School for its practical application of the Law in its classrooms. It's the reason why I love studying what I do.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

I love my India

Here is an article that extolls the many virtues of Indian cuisine. I guess I'm in no danger of losing my ripe old age to Alzheimer's. Neither will Fuhrer or 3L. Perhaps I should've had more sambar at home. Oh well, there's always Deep's frozen food :)

I have plenty on my plate today. Holidays are essentially over. I now have to sweat out a proposal for my professor for guided research this semester. I'm planning on churning out a paper on the famed Sarbanes-Oxley Act, but since I have never even looked at it, I'm finding it inordinately difficult to focus on a specific morsel of that delicious meal. I'd like to explore the ramifications of the Act on corporate lawyers and how, if, it has affected the code of ethics involved in the tense boardrooms of big corporate firms. But I was told that that's too broad. I need something a little narrower. And hence all the clueless reading. On the web. Any thoughts to help me out? Please e-mail me.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Revamp

So I've been thinking about how law school can be improved. Currently it's 3 years, at the end of which the graduates are broke, insanely bored, and unprepared to face life as a lawyer thanks to the highly academic and theoretical 3 years preceeding the bar exam. Many of my friends and I agree, no, vehemently espouse, that law school ought to be pared down to 2 years. Brevity is good in everything. Trust me.

Further, in my opinion, law school ought to be taught in a series of legal research & writing classes. Perhaps not the first year, but certainly the second (and final) year. I spoke to a bankruptcy lawyer once who had never taken a class on bankruptcy and was doing just fine. What's essential in law school is not so much learning the content as much as to learn how to learn the content in any area of the Law. When I worked in S'pore last summer, I was researching on UK, Idonesian, and Singapore laws regarding contracts. What came in handy there was not actually understanding the contents as much as knowing where to find them. Thanks to legal research & writing. Learning how to read the statute and read cases and analyse the issues are what are crucial in practice. I had to read the Rules of Court in S'pore for my summer internship. Obviously nothing I had learned, substantively, in law school as a 1L ever came in handy for that. What did help me interpret and apply those Rules was having to read the Uniform Parent Act of California while writing my paper for LRW. It's ridiculous, in my not-so-humble opinion, that law school does not follow a more active methodology of teaching. Simply ridiculous.

That rant aside, I want to thank all those who wrote back, in more than one line, to my one-lined mail wishing all a happy new year. One of my new year resolutions is to reply to all those mails at least in matching lengths. Thanks also to those of you who took the time out to come by my site and give me your input. It's highly appreciated. Perhaps if more of you who read my blog left an indication (no matter how tiny) that you read it, I might be better motivated to add to the palty content. Isn't that nice of me? Decidedly nice.

I just got back from my New Jersey trip with my brother. It was a very nice, fulfilling and quiet week that I spent there with my aunt, uncle, cousin, and brother. A very quiet new year's eve, for a change. Got to talk to most of my close relatives, which was nice. All in all, a really nice week just sailed by.

Now I'm back in the madness of the week that's a precursor to law school chaos. Books to buy, classes to axe (or treasure), research to do, resolutions to keep... Speaking of resolutions, one of them is to run the Broad Street marathon this time round. The last year's run was scratched due to my cold feet just prior to exams. Not so this year. No sireebob. This year I'm going to start preparing soon, for both the run and my exams. I already started on the former, and the latter will start being worked on the moment school starts.

I feel like the Spring semester is going to be my semester. I'm going to own it. After 3 semesters, crazy ones, at Temple Law, I finally feel like I know what needs to be done to get those dreaded letter grades. At least, I think I do. I need to wait for my grades to come in before I can affix my stamp of approval on my own opinion. But I'm reasonably certain that I know what law professors generally want to see in the exams. But since I'm not that certain of it, I have also taken precautions by opting for writing classes and other non-exam classes.

For example, this semester, I have Trial Advocacy (for which, am proud to say, Temple is the nation's best school). Instead of a 4 hour exam at the end of 4 months of slogging, during which you lose half your brain regurgitating what the other half managed to cram, I'll have a full fledged trial. I'd better start getting over my cold feet on that one. But you know, having been a Toastmaster and a debator, that really should'nt faze me. Much. Besides, that'll keep me on my toes all semester long. And I'll learn the Rules of Evidence heaps better. That should help me when it comes time to sit for the unbearable Bar Exam.

In addition, in my quest to avoid exams, I have a guided research paper and another class which is a writing seminar. I realised that I tend to perform better on paers than on exams. Ergo, these classes. But I also have 3 other classes which I have exams for. The 3 tough ones - Corporate Reorganisation (Chap 11 Bankruptcy), Corporate Tax, and Cyberlaw & Policy. The last is actually a split class, meaning I derive 60% of my grade from my exam and 40% from work put in during the semester. All in all, I'm looking forward to this semester. It's going be a crazy one, with my full 15 credits' worth of classes, and one crammed with 6 classes instead of just 4 or 5, and also a semester chock of classes that require short term attention throughout the 4 months. But that's precisely why I chose this schedule.

Can't wait to start.

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Sunday, January 02, 2005

2005

My title has nothing to do with my post, but I hate not having a title. Here is a really interesting, disturbing, and revealing post about the legal profession. I have myself been concerned about the subject, but never thought of writing on it. This is the next best thing. Enjoy.

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Saturday, January 01, 2005

New Year Resolutions

1. Be a straight A student.

2. At least try to be.

3. Run the Broad Street Marathon.

4. Run.

5. See people run.

3. Blog regularly.

4. Blog decent.

5. Blog.

Nice.

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