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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.

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