I miss high school. Law school is a lot like high school. I won't miss law school. Take that logic and shove it...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Working hard? Hardly working?

I was watching FOX News today as a substitute for studying con law, and I saw the following commercial:
UnionFacts.com

I have no idea what "unionfacts.com" stands for. I don't know if they're fundamentally pro or anti union, but their marketing deptartment is brilliant. Maybe after finals I'll bother to figure out what they're all about. Until then, I'll just keep watching that commercial.

Monday, May 01, 2006

fuzzy math

I've been reading about how lucky college graduates are this year because of the job market. I've also been perusing the CNN/Money Magazine list of the best jobs in America for the past couple of weeks.

The article is Here.

The good news is, attorneys are listed at number 37.

However, with this, there is lots of bad news:
in each of the categories that they grade (stress, flexibility, creativity, and difficulty), attorneys received a "C." That's not good.
I think the average salary is what makes the occcupation as a whole rank so highly.

There is a more disturbing figure, though. They rate the job growth in this career at a projected 14.97%. That means that between people dying, retiring, and new positions opening up, that about 20,000 new jobs will be created each year for attorneys.

Last year, about 46,000 people enrolled in law school.

That's a lot of supply. And not a lot of demand.

I should just have a "pro day" at my house, and enter the NFL draft next year.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

My mom sent me this...

FEMALE POEM
I want a man who's handsome, smart and strong.
One who loves to listen all day long, One who thinks before
he speaks, One who'll call, not wait for weeks.
I want him to be gainfully employed,
And when I spend his cash, not be annoyed.
Pulls out my chair and opens my door, Massages my back and
begs to do more.
Oh! For a man who makes love to my mind, and knows what to
answer to "how big is my behind?"
I want this man to love me to no end, And forever be my
very best friend.


MALE POEM
I want a deaf-mute nymphomaniac with huge boobs who owns a
liquor store and a fishing boat.
I know this doesn't rhyme, but I don't care.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Vindicated

Hope dangles on a string
Like slow spinning redemption
Winding in and winding out
The shine of it has caught my eye

Dashboard Confessional really captured the essence of my final day of classes for my first year of law school.

Two moments that made today awesome:
1. Smoke-break Josh's cell phone went off today in con law. His ringer is "The Final Countdown." This is actually the second time that this has happened this year, but today it brought with it a deeper message: law school is 60% over (yeah, do that math).

2. I finally boiled over in class today. A certain student has been wasting class time for the past two semesters with outrageous hypotheticals, and weak arguments. Someone actually calculated how much this kid is costing us, and posted it here . Our Civ Pro teacher handed out a sample multiple choice question for our exam on Thursday with 5 choices, and gave us the answer. This student raised his hand because he couldn't understand why that particular answer was "right." He felt that there was another legitimate answer, and he wanted to voice his concern. He seems to have forgotten that the point of multiple choice is to choose the "best" answer and not necessarily a "right" answer. His proposed answer was not contained in the multiple choices that we were given. After wasting about 3 minutes on this subject with no apparent end in sight, I interjected. We had 12 minutes left in class, and there were 4 topics of particular importance that the teacher wanted to review before our final, so I simply yelled out "Can we move onto the review, and just cover this question after class?" The teacher looked at me in shock while a stunned silence fell over the class (I swear I heard applause). She then went back to his question, and we had 10 minutes to cover an entire semester's worth of review. Thanks, dick.

You see, if a teacher is nice enough to come up with a list of things that she thinks are important for the final, THEY ARE GOING TO BE ON THE FINAL! Don't waste our time with questions that have no relevance. The "mudcat" individual from the link above hit the nail on the head.

I almost feel bad that I was the one who finally had to address this problem during class, but I'm afraid that I was the last chance for vindication for all of section B. It was a total dick move, but for the love of God, it was entirely necessary, and I've had a number of people thank me.

You're welcome.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

ROCK AND ROLL!!!!1!!1!1!1!!!!

I was sitting here thinking of a song for me and Jackie to dance to at our wedding. That was making me feel somewhat weak. Therefore, I've compiled the following list of my top 5 rock and roll songs:

5. We Will Rock You/ We Are the Champions - Queen
4. Hotel California - The Eagles
3. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
2. Layla - Derek and the Dominoes
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Please let me know what you think... And unlike our Constitution, my list is a living breathing thing which changes over time and with my mood. That's just how it is now. It'll be different tomorrow.

Do you disagree w/ my list? Let's hear your opinion.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Civil Procedure Outline

I'm working on my Civ Pro outline right now. I'm on my notes for February 1st. They read "Something about arguments in regard to relating back, and 3rd reason for allowing amendments. Rule 15a? I have no idea what she's talking about. She just said she's had exam questions on this before. Fucked."

Good luck studying!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

A conundrum

From Property Law: Rules, Policies and Practices. p. 1106, note 5:
"Suppose a legislature passed a statute imposing a 100 percent inheritance tax on the ground that it would promote equality of opportunity by taking away from the children of wealthy parents unearned economic advantages and giving them incentives to succeed on their own."

Wow. That may not be a bad idea. I mean, how many lazy assholes do you know that are just living off of trust funds? Ok, maybe not that many. But still, that would provide plenty of incentives. Kids would be forced to pay their own way through college and beyond. No Mercedes for the 16th birthday. You see too many reality TV shows of kids who are heirs/heiresses who have never done their own grocery shopping, or put gas in the car. They are (for the most part) whiny bitches who are incapable of doing anything other than buying things.

But then again, what is this country all about? I mean, equality in opportunities is a foundation of our country, and it's part of what makes us great. But, just because I am better able to graduate from college just for financial reasons, doesn't mean you lacked the same opportunity to go to college.

And this whole part about "unearned" economic advantages kinda bugs me. Do you know who makes up the majority of millionaires in our country? Doctors? nope. Lawyers? nope. Entrepreneurs? You betcha. People who start their own businesses have a higher net worth, on average, than every other classification of people. And if you've ever seen a true family business, you know that it is a family endeavor (hence the name). Most small business owners understand the kind of work ethic and the amount of intelligence that is required to run a business, and they try to pass these values on to their children. That means, you'd be hard pressed to find an entrepreneur who hasn't made his kids mow the lawn at the business, or work in the shipping department, or give legal advice (ahem). I won't deny that your average hotel heir/heiress has a limited conception of work. But I would imagine that for every Paris Hilton, there's a Jimmy DaysInn whose parents made him work as a concierge, or luggage handler. He'll get the hotel when his parents die, but you can bet he'll know the ins and outs of that business, and the business will be better off for it.

And wouldn't that law, in a way, provide an incentive for the parents to not work as hard? If they know that they aren't going to be able to pass anything on to their children in order to make them better off, why bother working so hard? I realize that the parents could just spend everything before they die, but let's be real. How much can you really spend during retirement? Eventually, you'll have to buy a retirement home, or a Ferrari. And should that go to the government?

Take Sam Walton for example. His widow and children are all in the top 10 (I think) of the richest people in America. Sam started Wal-Mart from scratch. What would happen to the wealth that he built up in that company if it was taxed 100%? It would go to the war in Iraq. And let's be honest, no matter how disadvantaged you may have been, you wouldn't support that. And Sam's children are all on the board of directors for the company. They have seen this business grow throughout their lives, and no one has a better idea of how to run that company than they do.

The book that gave this hypo asked if the law was constitutional. I have no idea. I guess that gives me an incentive to study Property a little bit harder.

I say, if I have to keep my laws off your body, you should keep your laws off my wallet. And my children's wallets. Which will be able to fly. And have spinners.