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I saw this post and decided to copy it.

I have now purchased more books for my first semester of law school than I purchased for three or four semesters of undergrad. Here is a picture of the books which were listed as required books (and yes… that tiny thing off to the left is a pen):

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But if you think that is bad then you need to see what it looks like when I add those supplemental books I decided to purchase:

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Professor Breakdown

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Some quick information regarding my professors as a 1L at Bowen…
I have six professors for six classes. (Wow! Amazing. As many professors as classes. Who woulda thunk?)

Four of my professors are female.

Two are male. (In case you couldn’t do the math.)

Three of my professors appear to me to be under the age of 40.

I’m going to let you take a wild guess at how many appear 40 or older.

Okay… that’s it for now. Stay tuned for much more info.

Bored

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So it’s nearly 2:20 am on Saturday night (Sunday morning) and I’m bored. My reading assignment for Torts has about a dozen cases in it. I’ve read a hornbook section dealing with the overall topic of the cases (Negligence, Resonable Care, and the Reasonable Person) and I’ve read some of the cases. But I’d really rather be goofing off online. The problem is I cannot find anything worthwhile to do online so I keep going back to the reading because it’s more interesting than wasting time online. For me, that is REALLY odd. I’m finding my studies more interesting that goofing off online. Boy… I hope my whole law school experience is this way.

School has begun!

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It’s been a few days since I last left you with the happenings of the final days of orientation. I’ve now sat through four of the six classes that 1L’s at UALR take their first semester. Yesterday was Legal Research and Reasoning, Writing & Advocacy (RWA). Today’s classes were Civil Procedure and Property.

A few thoughts:

Research & RWA are skills classes. I’m really not excited about either of these classes, but I certainly don’t dread them. I’ve heard they will be rather labor intensive and teach skills that are vital to those who practice the law. I consider myself a fairly decent writer even though I’m sure my grammar skills are lacking.

Civil Procedure seems to be another one of those classes that are really important to an attorney (as I’m sure all the classes studied in the first year of law school). But it also doesn’t spark a large interest in me. The upside is that the first class went fairly well and I found it interesting. Perhaps this class may eventually light my fire… until then it’s on my ‘maybe’ list.

Property class may be a hit. It’s far too early to tell for certain, and I haven’t delved into Torts or Contracts yet, but there is a lot of potential. Private Property rights are a cornerstone in a free society and I happen to be rather fond of free societies. And to be honest, I’m somewhat interested in Real Estate law, even though I really have no clue what that entails.

Upcoming classes:

Ever since watching The Paper Chase I have been quite apprehensive about Contracts. But as you may recall,  my fourth day of orientation included a practice class given by our Contracts professor and I really enjoyed that class. That class seems quite promising.

For the longest time I have thought that Torts will be my favorite class this first semester. I’m not quite certain why I think I will like Torts. However, I have yet to meet that professor or even read a single Torts case. So this class is up in the air also.

Orientation Day 3 and 4

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Orientation Day 3 was pretty neat. We had the opportunity to bring guests. We had a chance to see a ‘practice’ class lead by the Dean. The students being asked questions were 2L & 3L students. About 1/2 way through the day they separated the students from the guests. The guests received a class on what to expect from their law student over the coming months.
Orientation Day 4 was my first real glimpse of a law class from the perspective of a student. Our Contracts professor gave a one hour class followed by general questions about the class itself. I can tell you this, if all of my future law classes will be as fun as this class was today, then I made an unbelievably wise decision to attend law school at University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. In the practice class the professor asked for volunteers rather than call on the students. He said this will be the case for our first real class next Tuesday. After that, it’s on!

Today (Day 4) all of the mentors introduced themselves to the students. Until this point, I had only really met my temporary mentor. After a short introduction to all of the mentors the students all wrote down their top three choices for which mentor we would like for the remainder of the semester.

The next time I am in class… it will be the real deal!

Real or Joke?

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A Charlotte, NC lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars then insured them against fire among other things. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a law suit against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost “in a series of small fires.” The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason: that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.

The lawyer sued…. and won!

In delivering the ruling the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The Judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be “unacceptable fire,” and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000.00 to the lawyer for his loss of the rare cigars lost in the “fires.”

NOW FOR THE BEST PART:

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and he was sentenced to 24 months in jail and ordered to pay a $24,000 fine. This is a true story and was the 1st place winner in the recent Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.

I’m not sure how true this story is but I found it on koudy‘s blog. I just thought I’d pass this on.

Orientation Day 2

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Orientation Day 2 was less eventful than Day 1. We received short classes on Computing Services, Public Safety, Career Services, Clinics and Externships, Disability Resources & The Honor Code and Academic rules. The highlight of the day for me was the Reception. Moes was catered in. But the food wasn’t the best part, it was getting to meet more of my fellow 1L students which made the reception worth it.
One more thing, I found out that my groups mentor blogged throughout his first year also. He also just created a blog post about our group.

Orientation Day 1

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Well… I am now officially a 1L law student at Bowen. Today was the first day of orientation and I must admit, it was fairly boring. The afternoon started at 1pm with Dean DiPippa welcoming us all to the law school.  From there, Dean Nation had us for the rest of the day. She gave an introduction to Case briefing, note taking, outlining, the American Legal system and some of the stresses we may experience in law school. All in all, I felt that the majority of todays material was covered by the reading I mentioned in my earlier post Pre-Orientation. I don’t feel I learned much of anything today.

Probably the most useful period today was when we split off into smaller (predetermined) groups to work with a Mentor on our briefs we did earlier. First off, someone may have noticed a mistake I made in my Pre-Orientation post. In Commonwealth vs. Carroll, the killers wife was not nagging him when he shot her. She was sleeping. Oops. I’m not sure if that was a relevant fact though. I don’t think so. Anyways, in our small group there were about seven other 1L’s and a Mentor. Our Mentor was a rising 2L, which means that he just completed his first year of law school in the spring.  I enjoyed this forty five minute session because we had a little time to pick the brain of someone who had just went through what we are about to go through.

At the end of the day there was a reception held on the front lawn. It was sponsored by Moffitt & Phillips, PLLC, First Security Bank, Arkansas Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section, and UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni Association.  There were freshly grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for the taking. The reception lasted from 4:30 – 6:00 but I ended up skipping out at about 5:15. It was far to hot out there and the bulk of the full time students were starting to leave; the part time students were just starting to arrive for their evening classes.

Stay tuned to hear more about the experiences of a 1L UALR Law Student.

Pre-Orientation

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Orientation starts tomorrow at the University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law. Technically it actually starts today, but I haven’t gone to sleep yet so… yeah. Anyways I just finished up with our assignments for our first day of orientation.

Our first assignment was to read succeeding in Law School: A Manual of Academic Skills. This was a 63 page handbook for, you guessed it, ssucceeding in law school. It was put together by the current Dean John DiPippa.  I finished reading this a few weeks back but I did skim over some parts earlier today.

Our second assignment was to complete a goal-setting exercise included in the above handbook. (Truth be told, I haven’t actually finished this one yet.)
The third assignment was to complete the calendaring exercise from the same handbook. Let me tell you this, my schedule looks full already!

The final assignment was to brief Commonwealth vs. Carroll, a case which was included in the handbook. I’ll briefly explain the case. 😉 A ‘non-wicked’ man killed his “allegedly nagging, belligerent and sadistic wife”. She was nagging him when he remembered a nearby gun, he grabbed the gun, and fired two shots into her head. His attorney was trying to get him second degree murder rather than first. The courts decided that there was “no doubt that this was a wilful, deliberate and premeditated murder. Yikes.

Spell check says that I have no spelling mistakes. So I’m done here for now. I’ll keep you updated on Orientation.

Laptop

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With only a few days left until my law school orientation begins, I finally decided to go get myself a new laptop. You see, my old laptop would have done the trick. It was fast enough & probably had enough ram. It ran Office XP (which is something I’ll probably just install on this new laptop). It looked nice and, even after five years, looked nearly new. You may be asking yourself why I would even need a new laptop. Well… there was one catch. There always is. My laptop was loud. Very loud.

It probably sounded something like this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXEdq3UnnFE

Being the great computer wizz that I am, my guesstimate was that the sound was coming from the fan. So I decided to open up the laptop and clean it out. Everything seemed to be fine as I reassembled my laptop. No spare screws lying around. Nothing like that. In fact, when I powered on the laptop, the fan was much much quieter! Unfortunately, the monitor never turned on. Despite my best attempts to disassemble and reassemble the darn thing still hasn’t turned on. Oh well. I gave it my best and made things worse. *Shrugs* Seems to be my mantra for the last month or so.

In any event… I now have a nice quiet laptop to take with me to my orientation. I didn’t go overboard though. After all, money is going to be tight for quite a while. For those who didn’t know, full time 1L (first year) law students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law are not permitted to hold outside employment.

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