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( 29 Mar 2017 10:27 am)
on the Thursday before Spring Break in Law School we had a big meeting of the entire class of First Year class with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs where she gave us a slideshow about picking our classes for our Second Year.
before we could do that, though we had to have individual meetings with our Faculty Advisers to talk to them about our schedules.
the idea wasn't just to pick courses for the upcoming Fall 2017 semester but to chart out our course of study for the rest of our time in Law School.
that's a big proposition.
i sent an e-mail to my Faculty Adviser, a Vietnamese Tiger Mom Immigration Law professor who looks at me like a disappointing son.
she was able to meet with me the following day, the Friday afternoon before Spring Break.

i got to my Faculty Adviser's office for our 2:00pm appointment, sat down at the other side of her desk and got out my worksheets.
i had questions about which classes i should take in which order, what prerequisites i needed to hit when, but, my Faculty Adviser didn't know any more then i did about the classes being offered.
we were both just working off of the information on the worksheets, but, the worksheets were confusing and my Faculty Adviser didn't add anything that i couldn't have done by myself.

as a Part Time student, my Fall 2017 schedule is pretty much locked up already.
all of my classmates will be taking Constitutional Law in the first-semester of Second Year as the final required lockstep course in Law School.
i will be with the rest of my peers in that.
then, because i am Part Time, i will have to take Legislation and Regulation, which is a class the Full Time kids took first-semester of First Year, with the incoming First Years.
then, second-semester of Second Year i will have to take Civil Procedure with the First Years, which my fellow classmates are currently taking right now.
but, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs mentioned something about Legislation and Regulation and Civil Procedure maybe being switched in Fall 2017, so maybe i'll take Civil Procedure with the incoming First Years during the Fall and Legislation and Regulation in the Spring?
my Faculty Adviser said that she thought they were offering both Legislation and Regulation and Civil Procedure in the Fall.
if that's the case, my schedule will be Constitutional Law with the Second Years and Legislation and Regulation and Civil Procedure with the First Years and that's it.
that's my entire semester schedule for the first half of my second year.
looking forward...

in addition to the lockstep classes every First Year has to take; Torts, Criminal Law, Legislation and Regulation, Civil Procedure, Legal Writing I and II, and Professional Identity I and I, and the lockstep class every Second Year has to take; Constitutional Law, there are several other classes that are required that we all have to take before we graduate.
when we take them, however, is up to us.
the other required courses are: Professional Responsibility, Business Associations I, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Wills and Estates, Legal Writing III, a Rigorous Writing Seminar and six credits of 'experiential learning.'
i went through my worksheets, penciling in when i might take each of the required courses into the slots for Spring 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.
there were no slots for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 because, by then, the Full Time kids will have graduated.
it will only be me and the other four or five other Part Time kids who are still hanging around banging out the last of our classes.
the scheduling worksheets were not designed for us.
the scheduling worksheets also did not have any slots for Summer classes, and the list of tentative classes did not cover Summers, either.
this is because the Law School is trying to discourage and eventually maybe even phase out Summer school entirely.
i wrote a whole series of posts about that last week
so, i was unable to plan with my Faculty Adviser for any Summer classes that might help me get caught up to my Full-Time peers.
my Faculty Adviser, like everybody else i've talked to at the Law School strongly encouraged me to not take classes over the Summer anyway, to focus on taking an internship or an externship or some shit, but i told her that i did not want to do that, for all the reasons i wrote about in posts last week.
she did not approve of my choices.

the Law School offers 'concentrations' that you can major in, if you want.
you don't have to take a concentration, but, if you do, it'll look good on your resume, maybe?
the concentrations offered are as follows: Business Law, Workplace Law, Estate Planing, Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Intellectual Property, Energy Law, Water Law, Environmental Law and Criminal Law, Justice and Policy.
the last one, Criminal Law, Justice and Policy was just added in the past few weeks.
when i started at the Law School, it wasn't on the menu.
which is a good thing, because nothing else sounds even remotely interesting.
what the fuck is water law?
i mean, sure, they say that in the future there will be wars fought over water, but i always figured that by then, it'll all be Mad Max and the only law will be who has more guns.
i decided i would take a concentration in Criminal Law, Justice and Policy, and i started filling out the appropriate worksheet.

to attain a concentration in Criminal Law, Justice and Policy you have to take several criminal law-based electives.
i'll have to take the Criminal Law themed Legal Writing III, which is Criminal Law drafting.
for my 'rigorous writing seminar' i can take either the Death Penalty Seminar or Supreme Court Seminar or maybe the National Security Law Seminar.
for my 'experiential learning' i can take either the Criminal Defense Clinic or the Innocence Project.
this will give us the opportunity to put on suits and get actual clients with actual legal troubles and they let us be in charge of their cases, somehow.
this is more of a thing you do in the semester or two before you are set to graduate, but, before you can get a clinic, you've got to take all the prerequisites first.
i look forward to that.
then there are a bunch of other criminal law electives like Texas Criminal Procedure, Ethics for the Criminal Law Practitioner, Post-Conviction Actual Innocence Claims, Trial Advocacy Practicum, Negotiation Theory and Practice.
you don't have to take all of those, just enough to get all the credits you need to graduate.
and you can take other, not criminal law related classes, too.
my Faculty Adviser recommended i flirt with other areas of the law, just to see what they are like, maybe take a Federal income tax class or an Oil and Natural Gas class, but, christ, i don't want to do that.

after an hour both my Faculty Adviser and i were sick of filling out worksheets, planing my classes in grids and in the margins out to 2020.
it seems silly to be planing so far out when i don't really have any idea what classes will definitely be offered when beyond Fall 2017, but, this is what the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs wanted us to do, so, we're doing it.
and of course, as always, all of this is predicated on the assumption that i'm not just gonna fail out of Law School in a big, shameful crash-and-burn.
and at times it seems like that's a pretty big if.
if it comes to that, at least i now i get to have several worksheets full of what could have been.

//[ab irato ad astra]
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