Monday, January 23, 2023

Fall Semester Update

This semester has been gliding along smoothly for me. Now that I’m in my 2L year at law school, I have a little bit more free time since I've gotten the hang of things. In my free time I like to play video games, watch anime, movies, or any sports. I’m currently watching the World Cup right now and the group stage games have been exciting with some of the upsets by the underdog teams. I really enjoy going to the movie theaters to watch any newly released movies. Recently I’ve seen Black Panther and Black Adam, and I’m really looking forward to the release of Avatar 2 after finals.

This semester I am taking 16 units. The classes I am taking are Copyright, California Civil Procedure, Ethical Lawyering, Evidence, and Trademark. Compared to 1L year, I have no classes on Friday this semester. Wednesdays are my busiest days where I have 4 classes with the first one starting at 9:50am and the last one ending at 10:00pm. But Tuesdays and Thursdays I only have one class, so I have a little bit of a break throughout the week, especially with no classes on Friday. I would have to say that my favorite classes this semester are Copyright and Trademark law because I am really interested in Intellectual Property. The past month I’ve been busy with wrapping up my Ethical Lawyering class. Ethical Lawyering has been really fun and interesting because we study and discuss the situations around the ethical rules that lawyers are obligated to follow. A practical component of the course is a mock client interview where actors will come in and pretend to be clients with a legal problem. In pairs, we provided a counseling and interview session and then wrote a letter to the client and a memorandum to the law firm partners.

After 1L year, LLS requires students to take Evidence, Ethical, and Constitutional Law. Besides fulfilling the upper division writing and experiential requirement, we are free to take any classes we choose to fill up any units we need. LLS offers a variety of courses at all times of the day for students to be able to build a flexible schedule. We can choose to take bar courses (courses that teach subjects tested on the bar) or any elective classes. For example, California Civil Procedure is a bar course, while Copyright and Trademark law are electives. Taking a variety of classes and electives is important because it provides you with an enriching educational experience. It exposes you to different areas of law to help guide you to what area of law you wish to practice in one day.