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Opinion  /  March 5, 2013  / 

Parody Doesn’t Disappoint

I admit that I did not have exceedingly high expectations when I arrived at the opening performance of “The Wizard of Laws” on Saturday night.  I didn’t doubt the talent of the many whose efforts went into creating the undertaking.  Rather, at this point in 3L, my jadedness about the law school experience has reached such heights that I figured that there wasn’t much in the way of a light-hearted look at HLS that was capable of eliciting more than a polite chuckle.  It turned out though that I was wrong. The wit of the writers combined with the impressive voices and acting abilities of the cast members made the show thoroughly entertaining.  It can’t be easy to come up with the script of Parody.  Required to be funny, the writers no doubt also feel constrained in their choices so as to avoid drawing the ire of the many student … Continue reading

Opinion  /  February 18, 2013  / 

Professors and My Expectations

I came to HLS from a Ph.D. program, and one thing (among others) that immediately struck me as being very different about law school from a graduate program in the humanities was the nature of the relationship between students and their professors.  In a Ph.D. program, students tend to interact with their professors in way that in some respects resembles a peer relationship.  The professors are of course much more accomplished, more knowledgeable in their fields, and often more talented, but they nonetheless tend to have relationships with their students that are both less formal and more collaborative than the student-faculty relationships found in law schools.  The fact that Ph.D. students tend to call their professors by their first names is one mark of the relative lack of formality; a student calling a law school professor by his or her first name is, in my experience, virtually unheard of. Moreover, … Continue reading

Opinion  /  February 4, 2013  / 

On a Scale of 1 to 5, What’s That Class’s Workload Like?

As I imagine is the case for most HLS students, I would never dream of taking a class without first thoroughly reviewing the professor’s course evaluations.  And for the most part, I have found them to be very useful and accurate.  The Feldmans and Rubensteins of the world who tend to elicit a near unanimous string of 5’s generally don’t disappoint.  That being said, the forms themselves could stand to be revised rather substantially, and I propose that the time has come for these revisions to be made.  Clearly a number of purposes must be served by the evaluation forms, as they are meant to be for the benefit of the professors, as well as students.  But as the current evaluation forms stand, there are a number of ambiguities that seem to serve no purpose at all. Take for instance the question referenced in the title: the one that asks … Continue reading

Opinion  /  November 29, 2012  / 

Why I Chose Corporate

When I started law school I was sure I would be a litigator.  In part this was because the task of constructing and criticizing arguments was what appealed to me about law in the first place; but it was also because I had virtually no idea what a transactional lawyer did.  Finance had never much appealed to me, and my background prior to law school had been largely in academia, not business.  Litigation seemed like a natural fit. But for a variety of reasons, I ended up choosing to begin my career doing corporate work.  The more I learned about what such work entailed, the more interested I became in it, and I realized that while litigation seemed to be a much better fit with my background, corporate was a better match for my personality and what I wanted out of my career. There were some practical concerns that made … Continue reading

Opinion  /  November 15, 2012  / 

The Irony of Firmly Refuse

In the latest installment of the Firmly Refuse, the authors end their article by stating their intention to start a conversation.  But by the time one gets to that point, it’s pretty clear that this is a bit disingenuous.  They don’t actually want to start a conversation; they’ve already made up their minds. They’ve already decided, for instance, that everyone who goes and works for a corporate law firm (all of whom, by the way, have no “relevant professional experience”) practices corporate defense where they will “defend tobacco” and the BP oil spill.  They’ve decided that everyone who chooses to work for a law firm does so for the money (and presumably they find such a motivation morally suspect).  They’ve decided that securities law and antitrust are mind-numbing and the work they involve resembles “criminal activity.”  In short, to enter a career in Big Law is to “waste the vast … Continue reading

Opinion  /  November 1, 2012  / 

Some More Unsolicited Advice for 1Ls

1Ls certainly receive their fair share of unsolicited advice.  Not wishing to break from tradition, I humbly offer some more.  My advice will concern the timely topic of exams (and if you don’t think this topic is timely please see below regarding when to begin studying). First, however, I will describe my approach to exams 1L fall, as an example what not to do.  I began outlining over Thanksgiving Break, although if I’m being honest, really I did very little until I got back to school.  I brought a lot of books home with me but barely cracked a single one.  This was a mistake.  There is in fact a lot to learn, and it takes time, so I should have started studying earlier.  But when I look back at my preparation for 1L fall exams, what I regret more than when I started studying or what methods I employed … Continue reading

Opinion  /  October 18, 2012  / 

What Changed Our Minds?

It is no secret that the 1L class undergoes a transformation every year.  Large numbers of HLS students begin law school having no intention of working at large corporate law firms, yet without fail, a large majority of students opt for the well-trodden path toward Big Law.  What could possibly account for such a rapid reversal of opinion?  This past spring, under the title “Firmly Refuse,” a group of students suggested that this change is due to what they consider to be the coercive and fear-based approach adopted by Office of Career Services that funnels students into the private-sector Early Interview Process regardless of their actual career ambitions.   This claim, however, fails to comport with my own experience and the experiences of many of my classmates.  When I reflect on my own decision-making process, I feel as though I made the choice to begin my career at a large … Continue reading

Opinion  /  October 4, 2012  / 

What Is The Point of 3L?

1L was great. Meeting a whole new slew of classmates was fun, the novelty of studying the law was exciting, and attempting to adopt a new way of thinking challenged and engaged me. Even the cold calls weren’t completely terrible, as they added some welcome suspense and drama to the experience. 2L wasn’t so bad either. I enjoyed feeling as though 1L had taught me a few things. I appreciated knowing that I was no longer a rank amateur with respect to the law and I liked knowing what to expect come exam time. The EIP interviewing process made me eager to get my summer job underway, but I transitioned easily back into school mode and before long I had immersed again in the law school experience and was enjoying my day-to-day routine. I cannot, however, say that I have a similar level of affection for my 3L year, nascent … Continue reading