One week later, and what have I learned?
For one, UCLA’s campus is much prettier than I remembered it. Maybe it’s just the familiarity kicking in, but I’m noticing new and beautiful things every day. I’m also trying to enjoy the campus now, while I have the time. I’ve spent large portions of the last two days laying out in the grass, reading. I finally finished A Confederacy of Dunces, and now I’m deep in preparation-mode with Law School Confidential.
Speaking of law school, I finally got a chance to peak inside the law library today, and it was incredible. I had seen the first floor from afar, but that doesn’t hold a candle to the other three stories. The top floor of the main tower is a reading room for law students only, boasting 360 degree views of the Westwood and Bel Air neighborhoods surrounding the campus. I was able to sneak some pictures, so I’ll include those later in the update.
I spent this morning watching the 1973 film The Paper Chase, about a 1L (first year law student) at Harvard. It’s very similar to the book One L, which is much more rewarding if you have the time. Still, as a basic introduction to how horrible law school used to be, the film’s worth checking out. That level of abuse is all but gone from the modern law school, but I’m told it still accurately reflects the amount of pressure and doubt that face all entering law students.
Taylor and her boyfriend Andy are coming tomorrow, which means I’ll finally have an excuse to leave Westwood and explore LA some more! That means more exciting stories and pictures for you, dear reader.
In the meantime, here are a few highlights from LA: Week One.