This term I’m taking the following courses:
Trusts & Estates
Constitutional Law 2
Practicing Law, Successful Strategies
The first and last are really electives, although the last also fulfills a requirement (a “practicum” course). I’m taking both because they should apply to my life after law school. Entertainment Law will cover all sorts of contractual issues that are closely related to those my clients face, including licensing rights and exploiting IP. PL/SS is a practical course that is supposed to teach us what we need to know to run our own small or solo firms–the business of being a lawyer, so to speak.
Ent. Law is taught by an adjunct who was with William Morris “forever” as he put it. Older gent, but with that almost timeless LA look that is either a function of a really good plastic surgeon or just his perfectly tailored suits and casually confident attitude. Or both.
He says he’s got lots of “war stories” and I’d love to hear ‘em all but I don’t think he’ll be sharing many since most of the other students are too ignorant to know who people like William Holden and James Arness were. Sad, that.
PL/SS is taught by a man who went to high school here in San Diego. He used to ride the school bus with Frank Zappa and Rachel Welch went to school with him. Stories like this happen all the time out here, but I’m still impressed. Yeah, I’m a yokel like that.
Anyway, the other three courses are all “bar courses” as they say. While technically not required, they are heavily tested on the bar so everyone (just about) takes ‘em.
Trusts & Estates is about wills and trusts and the laws regarding succession of property. Even the prof says that it’s boring stuff and, well, the reading so far has proved him right. But it is important stuff, including for my clients who mostly don’t take care of themselves as they should.
Actually, it’s not as boring as the prof said, although it is rather nit-picky. I like learning odd historical bits like about laughing heirs, so at this early point, I don’t mind the class.
Constitutional Law 2 is the course I’m fearing. ConLaw 1 was painful, but it was taught by a different prof and the material was deadly dull (commerce clauses, states rights, blah, blah). This course is about personal liberties so that should help. And I like the prof at least as a person. He was one of the profs of Summer Enrichment when I first started school and I had a drink & convo with him when our class did a bar night one night. Smart, nice, and geeky–I tend to like folk like that. Here’s hoping he keeps that attitude in class.
Remedies is a course about all the other courses in a way. It’s about what you can ask for/get when you are harmed–that is, when you sue someone and win. So, for example, when your car is parked on the street and gets totaled, you can’t get replacement value and how much you loved the car doesn’t count–you get fair market value (FMV) and that’s it. That’s all the law allows. We’re also learning how that value is (usually) calculated and the theory behind why you get FMV and not replacement.
I like the prof for Remedies–a younger woman who, I am told, is as organized and explicit as she already had appeared to me. She just has her ducks in a row and I like that.
Lots of reading, as always and the schedule isn’t the best. I have three classes on Monday and Wednesday and my bag again weighs about 40 pounds on those days. Tuesday I have an 8am and then nothing until 4:05. Thursday I only have a 4:05, and I have no classes on Friday (woot!).
Speaking of reading, I need to get to it. I like to get all my reading done over the weekend. I do second, refresher reads before each class, but this way I’m at least always minimally prepared.
I still don’t know how people get through law school without doing the readings. I hear some kids say that they don’t read, every term. Hmm. Me, I learn a lot in the readings, then the lectures usually fill in the blanks so that after class I (again, usually) feel like I have at least a grasp of the material.
Anyway, on to it…