"Well you don't need a million dollars to do nothing, man." Like Peter from Office Space, I gave my brain some time off during the holidays. Aside from working, I watched The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, knitted, went to the mall, enjoyed time with friends, and loved every second of not reading. While Fall semester was rewarding in that I felt that I had accomplished a lot of different things, it was time to recharge my batteries before Spring semester rolled around.
Now that I am two weeks back in the thick of things, I am really appreciative that I had a few weeks to gather myself, because this semester is shaping up to be a busy one. This is how my schedule looks, excluding my work hours:
M: 12-1:30pm Scott Moot Court competition, 8:10-10:10pm Constitutional Law Survey
T: 6-7:15pm Civil Procedure
W: 8:10-10:10pm Constitutional Law Survey
Th: 3:20-5:20pm Trade Secret Law, 6-7:15pm Civil Procedure
Students who took Appellate Advocacy in the Fall are now eligible to participate in the Scott Moot Court competition, a two unit class that serves as a tryout for the school's Scott Moot Court (appellate level) team. There are approximately 60 students in the class, and we will be judged on briefs, as well as elimination-style rounds of oral arguments, until a final 16 remain. Those students will make up the Scott Moot Court Honors Board as Justices and competing members, who represent Loyola in nationwide competitions. Most recently, one of Loyola's teams won Regionals and advanced onward in the National Moot Court Competition, along with winning "Best Brief" and "Best Oralist" awards along the way.
Needless to say, I want to put forth my best effort in the competition, as being a part of the Honors Board would be a big achievement. And speaking of that, it's back to writing my brief for the competition.
But before I go - now that I've covered some of the changes going into Spring semester, it's time to mention what has stayed the same. If you're in Southern California, the answer is, of course, the weather: 72 and sunny.