Archive for January, 2009
Just a quick post. I am spending the evening doing some research for the UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium, and the amount of material I have to cover is overwhelming. I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about you.
This has been a remarkably easy week, and I look forward to the weekend. I might be going to a friend’s home town, or I might just stay in LA, work on cover letters, and go hiking. Speaking of cover letters, I need to get serious about this job search. I have a bunch of cover letters written, but I still haven’t sent any of them out. That’ll be priority #1 this weekend.
I finally started the job search for my first summer. It’s practically impossible for 1Ls to get Big Firm jobs without contacts, but I’m gonna apply to a few places just in case I luck out.
With that goal, I headed to Staples this afternoon to buy some “resume paper.” Who knew there were so many options? Egg-shell, sandstone, white, clay. Glossy, old-fashioned, exceptional, flat, business. Weights ranging from 20-64 (somethings – grams?). It was exhausting, and when I was finished Staples had claimed $13 of my hard-borrowed money for 100 sheets of paper. Now I just have to wait for my final grade, finish my cover letter, and send out resumes like mad.
In more exciting news (for me, at least), I finally bought another cork bulliten board for my map of the world. I plan on spending most of the evening putting that up in my room, after which my interior decorating will finally be complete (only five months after moving in).
So the first week of spring semester is nearly over, and it’s been an interesting one. My classes are…well…I have two potentially good professors (Contracts and Civil Procedure), one potentially horrible professor (Con Law), and three potentially horrible subjects.
Thankfully, I don’t have as much reading as I did last semester, although I expect that to jump up in the next few weeks.
The big news around campus is that first semester grades have slowly been showing up online. Professors finish grading their exams pretty much whenever they want (within a month of the final, basically), and then a few days after their grades are submitted they magically appear on URSA, our online records system. Every time a new grade comes up, word spreads like wild fire. And then no one talks about it at all.
Grades appear to be the most taboo subject in law school. Everyone wants to know what other people got, but no one dares to talk about them publicly. It’s funny that in the gossip-filled world of 1L the thing we obsess over most is the thing people talk about least. Maybe this will change as the semester goes on and people start getting their summer jobs (which will usually give some indication of grades), but I doubt it. As much as it pains me to not know whether I did better than the kids in the “Super Secret Study Group” (who refused to let another student study with them, and took members on an invitation-only basis), thus is the life of a law student. Lawyered.
Well that’s all I have for now. Apologies to my single reader for the month-long absence. I had a nice, but extremely boring, break in Texas before returning for another semester of law law law.
On a side note: it’s weird that I am older than most of the people on the new season of The Real World.