Random Musings

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Nov 18, 2010 in Randomness | Subscribe

Law school life is hitting über-crazy status as we get into the final days of class before the Thanksgiving holiday… followed the next week by final exams :eek:

So rather than a properly edited entry, you get a few random bullets that crossed my mind today:

  • Wednesdays this semester seem to be the day I just totally forget law:/dev/null exists — sorry for constantly bailing on y’all the same time every week :beatup:
  • I’m appreciative y’all still stop by though!  Barring an unexpected outage (or a complete and total lack of all interest) we should cross the half-million pageview milestone today :D
  • It took 10 months to rack up our first 250,000 pageviews, and only 5 months for the next 250,000. I doubt that growth trend is going to continue given my sporadic absences but it’s still pretty cool :spin:
  • After she read the N&O article on my less-than-stellar academic performance in computer science, one of the senior academic folks at N.C. State sent me an incredibly kind email with her thoughts.  Amid the other remarks was this snippet: “In light of your comments regarding yourself as a computer science student, I thought I would pass on what a computer science professor told me when he realized I was one of your fans. He told me that you were one of the best and finest students he had ever had in computer science.” I have no clue which professor she was referring to, but is it bad that my first two thoughts were wondering (1) what that professor must have been smoking to come to that conclusion, and (2) if I could find a hearsay exception to get it admitted in case I ever had to prove that I really wasn’t that incompetent? :beatup:
  • I also got a snarky email from some random person about that article. Might make it a separate mailbag entry just so I can be snarky in response. We’ll see :angel:
  • If you haven’t done so already, I want you to check out two blog entries that continue last week’s posts on the value of law school:  Keith Lee over at An Associate’s Mind has this entry on performing your due diligence, and Jack Whittington of World Wide Whit has this piece on how *not* to persuade people. They’re both excellent entries — and it makes me feel better not being the only one in the “realistic optimist” camp anymore :)
  • Speaking of realistic optimism, in the span of one hour Wednesday morning I randomly got contacted to schedule two different job interviews — one in the CrimLaw arena, the other in the CSC-related intellectual property field. It was a reminder to me that I really need to figure out wtf I’m going to do with my professional life after law school. Look for an entry on that topic soon.
  • My draft motion in limine for DV Law was the highest grade in the class… and now I have to pretty much re-do the whole thing :beatup:  I’m in the role of defense counsel (again) and the facts for my case suck (again). Even so, I thought I had a pair of exotic-but-still-pretty-compelling arguments — until the prosecution from a different team unintentionally ran a tractor trailer-sized hole through one of them during her own performance this morning. Back to the drawing board…
  • I can’t wait for Saturday ;)

Have a great night everybody! :D

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Tree Hugging 3L
Nov 19, 2010 at 12:37 PM

i debate the value of law school all the time and appreciated reading your posts. it even inspired my own post about whether law school is really “worth it.” not necessarily as optimistic as yours – but hey, we’re all in this economy together. :)

Keith Lee
Nov 19, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Thanks for the shout out Greg. I’m glad I came across your blog, Jack’s too.

Tree Hugging 3L – I read your post as well. Sounds rough but you’re almost done. Hope it all works out for you.

Nov 19, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Congrats on the job interviews — plural — and good luck! Tree Hugging 3L: I read your post. Although I loved law school, and I’m more than happy with where I am right now, I also am not quite sure if I’d do the whole thing again the same way. I think that’s what they call wisdom, not regret. :)

Nov 20, 2010 at 8:46 AM

@Tree Hugging 3L: Enjoyed the entry, and definitely understand the perspective — I know things are going to work out though, and you’ll sleep better at night because of it ;)

@Keith: Agreed. Serendipity once again?

@Va.: Thanks! Fingers are firmly crossed :D


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