Monday, February 17, 2014
The Final Semester Begins…
It’s a new semester, so that means I should have law-related things to talk about again! I thought I’d kick this off with an overview of what I’m up to this semester.
I’m taking four classes this semester — two bar courses, and two fun electives. So far it’s the perfect “last semester” mix. Here’s the breakdown:
Business Associations (also commonly referred to as “Biz Ass”). I was a little intimidated by this class, mostly due to the fact that business/corporate things like “securities” and “mergers” scare me. So far, the class is interesting and not as crazy convoluted as I had worried. We’re finishing up a segment on agency law now and I have found it to be surprisingly interesting and sometimes fun. Also, the way our professor uses muppet characters as hypos is super endearing (I may or may not have been a big fan of “Muppet Babies” as a kid).
Remedies. Ah, the classic 3L, pre-bar course. Although a lot of Remedies is a review of torts and contracts, I am enjoying this class. Sure, you might ask how a whole semester can be devoted to a concept of “what does the Plaintiff get if they win?” but it is a nice and welcome review. I am also obsessed with my professor. He interrupts lectures to ask us trivia questions, movie quotes, and to show us photos from his days as a high school girls’ basketball coach. Just yesterday in class he stopped his lecture to tell my friend Ben that the fist-bump he offered another classmate when she got a question right was insufficient. I love when professors make it fun, and Professor Tunick cracks me up at least once a class.
Sports Law. This is another fun one so far. We meet once a week and have covered spectator injuries (i.e. foul balls) and participant injuries. In some ways, this is a torts review course, but we will also cover concepts like anti-trust and employment. I also like that this course keeps me up to date in the sports world. (While I’m a fitness freak and an endurance sports junkie, my knowledge of the goings-on in the world of professional sports could use some fleshing out).
Reality TV and New Media Production and Distribution. I could not leave law school without taking this class from the name alone. I don’t plan to go into entertainment, nor do I plan to be a transactional attorney, so this one is just for fun and due to general interest. As a pop culture (and non-scripted programming fiend), I HAD to take advantage of the fact my law school offers this course.
I’m finally taking a chill pill and toning down my law school extra-curriculars. I figure I better use my free time to focus on my true passions, i.e. spin-instructor-ing, running, and Back on My Feet. But with that said, I’m still involved in a couple of things:
Research Assistant. I’m an RA for professor Lapp. He’s writing a couple of law review articles dealing with DNA collection of juvenile offenders, and I’m helping him with some discrete research assignments. It’s cool to learn a little bit more about the topic and to gain that experience.
Entertainment & Sports Law Review Editor. I’m a Research Editor for this journal – my responsibilities are pretty light, but will pick up in the next month or so. As I type this, I’m sitting on one of the comfy couches in the ELR office. Hint: a huge perk of making it onto a law review is the nearly endless supply of snacks and coffee from our Keurig.
Anyway, that about sums up what I have going on this semester! So far I am loving my classes and enjoying my last semester as a 3L at LLS.