Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Observations Thus Far

When I first decided to go back to school for my LL.M., I was worried that most of the people in my program would be people who were coming back to school after working in the legal field for a number of years. Having only one year of practice experience under my belt, I thought that I wouldn't have much in common with those types. I remember specifically hoping that there would be a lot of people straight from their JD programs.

Well, I have since realized that, although I am only one year removed from law school, one year is enough to make me more like the experienced practitioners than the straight-from-JD types. I suppose I can't really point any fingers considering that I was all about IMing during law school. But that was then, and this is now. Back in my JD program, I was taking classes that I had no practical interest in, classes that I knew I should take because they'd be on the bar exam or because I needed to fill credits. For instance, I did not take business associations, administrative law, or sales because I love the RUPA, the APA, and Article 2. So sometimes I allowed myself to cut back and chat.

But the game is different now. I'm in this specialized program because I'm interested in the subject matter. I've been out in the "real world" for a year now, and I've learned the hard way that starting your law career can really suck. (For instance, losing your first job and not being able to stay in the particular area of law you want to stay in.) I'm here at this LL.M program, and paying a shitload of money, because I'm serious about my career. I shouldn't care that the people around me are IMing each other all class long, but I am nevertheless slightly peeved. To be fair, the subject matter thus far is a review for them because they covered this in their JD programs, and it is all new to me. But still. Come on, be a professional and put the IMing away during class.

Not only does the fact that they are IMing kind of peeve me, what I've been able to glean about the subject matter of their conversations is also concerning. From what they've shared, it's quite clear that they're discussing the physical appearance of classmates and professors. They've made derogatory comments about another classmate's appearance and speech patterns to me already. That is beyond asinine in an LL.M program.

Come on, people. Grow up. I despised that kind of behavior in law school, I thought I left it behind me, and I'm sure as hell not going back. What else did I leave behind? The constant cynicism, I'm-too-cool-for-school attitude, and the annoying need to prove to everyone around you that you know more about the law than they do. I'm giving all of them the benefit of the doubt now and focusing on the things I do like about them. But I've already come to the conclusion that if it keeps up I'm going to have to be careful about who I associate myself with.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Devious Plans

I, in all my infinite wisdom, signed up for one of only two classes in my LL.M programs that are held someone other than the law school building. I was slightly annoyed when I discovered this, but then I realized that perhaps it's not so bad.

You see, it's a health-related class so now I have to go to the Health Sciences part of campus twice a week, which greatly improves the chances of success for my other mission here--landing me a doctor!*


*And by doctor I mean surgeon. And by surgeon I mean someone who makes lots of money that I don't have to see much. And by that I mean Sugar Daddy.

Gossip

I realize that critiquing the journalistic standards at People.com is a little like going to a dog show and complaining about the lack of cats on display. That being said:

Seriously, People.com, you are beating this Khloe Kardashian wedding story to death. (Although I suspect that the final death blow is near anyway.) Was it really that slow of a celebrity news week? We kept hearing all about it, and you even had a picture of the invitation as your lead story!

I don't really know who Khloe is or the guy she married. All I know is that one sister made a sex tape with Brandy's little brother, and another sister is too stupid to figure out how birth control works. So I am already slightly baffled by all this press. If it's not Wills and Kate getting hitched, I don't really care.

But I was nevertheless annoyed to see "Khloe Kardashian Is Married!" splashed across my computer page last weekend. Really? No shit! YOU'VE ONLY BEEN REPORTING ON THE DAMN NUPTIALS ALL WEEK LONG. WE KNOW SHE GOT MARRIED.

And it hasn't stopped! Today's headline is about how Khloe's wedding was the best night of Kim's life. I'm sure Ray J and Reggie Bush were upset to hear that.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Random Tidbit

I was walking down the street today in my new town, waiting to cross at an intersection, when I looked across the street and saw a guy I went to undergrad with! I vaguely remember that he went to University X for grad school, but how crazy is it that I just walked right by him?

I didn't stop to say anything, because in my experience I remember people much better than they remember me. Also, this guy was a lab TA of mine, so that's probably why I remember him so well.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Baby Madness

Wow.

I am literally out of congratulations. I cannot wish it upon FB friends anymore because it has lost all meaning.

I can't even count how many people I know that are currently expecting a baby. It's insane. The first half dozen received genuine congratulations from me. The rest, by no fault of their own, are just too late in the game. I'm numb to the news by now. Heck, now I'm surprised if you're NOT pregnant.

So if you don't receive congratulations from me, fear not, I'm happy for you. I just feel that it's better not to say anything rather than to (literally) copy and paste sentiment.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What I'm Doing Now

Hello all! It's been awhile. I'm sure you've all been anxiously waiting my next post.

Well, I have moved to a new city, moved into a new apartment, and made it past orientation and course advising for my LL.M program. The good news: I live one block from a Chipotle; Chipotle does online ordering, and I have no classes on Friday. The bad news: I have to rewire my brain to start networking and working on lining up job prospects. Yuck. My least favorite part of being a lawyer.

Other things I don't like about being a lawyer: other lawyers. Now, most of the people I've met in this program have been really nice. But I did notice something. For the orientation packet, we had to submit a small bio. Mine was pretty much Litigious Mind is from City X. She went to Undergraduate School X and graduated with a B.S. in X. She graduated from Law School X with her J.D. She practiced at Firm X for one year and is a member of State Bar X.

My bio is pretty much the shortest.

I guess I figured that talking about how awesome you are is best saved for applications, resumes, and interviews. When surrounded by your classmates, I don't feel the need to talk myself up. After all, we all got into the same program, didn't we? And really, I don't give a hoot whether you graduated cum laude or magna cum laude. I had latin words after my name at graduation, too, but I assume that no one else cares about that. Same goes for having a law review article published.

Maybe this is why I hate networking. So much of it comes across as arrogance to me, and I hate arrogant people. I think talking about yourself all the time is impolite, too. But I guess I should have gone into a different profession because that's all lawyer do. Talk about themselves. What they've done, etc. Gag me.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Deeeelightful

Dear Mr. Schaeffer,

I think I love you.

Sincerely,
Litigious Mind

Monday, September 14, 2009

Thoughts

Some people should not be allowed to use Facebook. I am one of them.

I'm sure my current unemployment is partially to blame as I've been spending a lot of time at home watching TV and sitting on my ass. To relieve the tedium, I check Facebook. Frequently.

I used to get really upset and worked up about the asinine things people post, but then a friend introduced me to STFU Parents and STFU Marrieds and changed my life. An outlet had arrived.

But now I can't seem to stop making smarmy comments, as if I'm subconsciously hoping someone will submit it and everyone will find me witty. I'm bound to alienate and offend in this process.

Which all makes me think that perhaps I'm not emotionally mature enough to be a Facebook user. A break from the site would probably be good for me. But I'm sure my return to school in a week will only make things worse.

So in the end I'm just working on not caring if/who I offend. They offend ME with their inanity.

FB Drama

Sometimes following a person's Facebook posts is like watching a train wreck right before your eyes. Either that or the slow unravelling of a person's sanity.

I used to get great amusement from this.

Now I'm seriously concerned for this person's mental health condition.

What does one do? Especially when you're not close friends?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Where I've Been

I went to Paris!















I couple of years ago I bought Alistair Horne's book Seven Ages of Paris at Borders when they were doing one of their Buy Two Get One Free promotions they often do. I think I picked it up because I needed a third book and because I know next to nothing about French history.
I tried to read the book then, and I just never got into it, probably because Horne starts with pretty ancient history. After I decided to go to Paris I tried to read it again, and got a little farther, but not much. I took the book with me, and after five days in Paris, I tried again on the plane back to the U.S.

Let me tell you, that is the way to read this book. Yes, it would have been nice to know what the book tells you while you're actually THERE, but I found that the book was much more interesting to me AFTER having been there. It was so much easier for me to follow the stories and events in the city once I knew what the city looked like and how it was laid out. Not to mention all the specific places where I actually was.

So if there is anyone out there who has been to Paris and likes history, I recommend reading this book. It sure cleared up a lot of things for me. (For instance, why there was a Louis XVII. I was always confused how there was a monarchy after the revolution. Turns out I need a freakin' graph/map/flowchart/timeline to keep up with French regimes.) Also, I just gotta say it—while I liked Paris, this book made me realize that it has had its share of serious problems. I mean really, French people, where do you get off being so snooty? Paris (and French governance) was a MESS well into the Nineteenth Century. That really took me by surprise considering that I always thought of Paris as such a major city. It also made me feel good as an American to know that, while we have our problems, other modern countries have their share, too. (Although you do have to hand it to Parisians—they ain't afraid of revolt and revolution!)