Jim's Polka

The life of a former software engineer, now a law student

Sunday, October 09, 2005

OK, so I think I was going to talk about my classes. Here's the list:

Patents - This is looking very good. The professor is pretty good, so far. And, of course, I already know I like the subject matter. The summer doing patent work is definitely going to help here. The fact that it starts at 8:30 two days a week would be really annoying, if it wasn't for...
Trademarks - which starts at 8:05 two days a week. Who wouldn't love that? (Um... me?) The professor didn't get particularly good reviews when I was picking classes last spring, and he's been pretty close to expectations - maybe slightly better. He's a practicing lawyer and in the first class he made sure to mention his billing rate and the fact that he was a "rainmaker". One of my friends dropped the class in the middle of the first meeting. However, if you want to learn trademarks, he's pretty much the only option, so here I stay.
Evidence - No, not the professor that has you writing songs and stuff. That one conflicted with Patents. Instead, I have the prof that LQ had for Fed Courts. The pacer. I'm not a nervous guy, but watching him makes me twitchy. However, when it comes to class, he does a very good job. Nothing will stop him from keeping up with the reading, even if it means he has to talk at double speed during the last 10 minutes. He wrote the book, which could have been bad news, but is actually well-written and easy to work with.
Tech Law Clinic - pretty cool, so far. It's a public policy clinic, so the prof is bringing in all sorts of people to help us understand the legislative process. In the first week, the heads of the state Republican and Democratic parties spoke to us. Last week, there was a guy who talked about how to testify before legislative committees. He may know a little bit about it, too - apparently he helped Anita Hill prepare for her testimony, back in the day. We haven't done a whole lot of clinic-y stuff, yet, though, so who knows what will happen next.

Having said all that, the schedule is ridiculous. No two classes next to each other - I have hour or two hour breaks all week. I guess at some point I'll spend that time studying, instead of sitting around bull-shitting, but that point hasn't come yet. Oh, and Evidence is a Tuesday through Friday class. What's up with that?

Everything's going fine right now, but I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Like I said, we haven't done much clinic stuff, but I know that's going to be a time-suck when it ramps up. And I haven't been assigned anything for the journal yet, but that'll be even worse. Happily, I'm writing for the last book of the year, so I have a little more time to come up with a topic.

I got one callback out of OCI, scheduled for two weeks from now. I still haven't heard back from two firms, but I figure if I haven't heard by now, I'm not going to. Anyway, I had a great talk with a friend from the summer firm this evening, so I'm feeling really good about sticking with them. I've also convinced him and his wife to buy a house in my neighborhood.