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( 30 Mar 2017 06:24 pm)
yesterday was the first day for me and my fellow First Years to sign up for classes for next Fall.
registration opened at 7:00am.
i don't know why they decided to hold registration at 7:00am, it seems dicked up, like, why not noon, or 5:00pm or any other hour of the day where everybody is awake, but i guess the people in charge of registration don't give no shits.
of course, registration just started at 7:00am and it ran until the first of September, i think, but all my fellow First Years were getting themselves all worked up about how they're gonna get up at 6:30am and start trying to register like they're peasants waiting around for a Soviet grocery store to open and pass out loaves of bread to the first twenty comers.
there was no way i was going to do that, that's fucking dumb.
i set my alarm for a reasonable hour of the late-morning on Wednesday but then, my body woke me up at 6:35am.
i looked at the clock, rolled over, tried to sleep, woke up again, looked at the clock again, then decided that my body was in some kind of mutiny and the best way to get it to stop would be to do what it wanted.
there is no reason for me to even play this stupid game.
i am in the Part Time program and most of the classes that i have to register for are classes everybody else in the Law School has already taken.
the only people i would be competing for seats with are the five other kids in the Part Time program and all the incoming First Years that don't exist yet.
still, my body doesn't seem to care that i know what the fuck i'm doing so i went into my office, turned on my computer and went to the Law School's website to add/drop classes.
i refreshed, refreshed, refreshed, refreshed the browser until 7:00am exactly and i got a green light to enter all my class CRN numbers.

for the first time in our Legal Education, we are allowed to sort ourselves into our own class sections.
before this, we all had to take classes together, the same group of forty-someodd kids going from class to class to class.
these are the faces i would see every day i went to school, some of which i would enjoy chit-chatting with.
for Second Year we are no longer obligated to take classes together as a section anymore.
that is kinda sad, i am going to miss my friends from Section One and am not looking forward to having to get used to all new people from Sections Two and Three.
i see them in large group assemblies sometimes and their unfamiliarity is startling.
some of my Section One classmates are making an effort to continue taking classes together if they can.
one girl made a point to invite me to take a Juvenile Justice class with her and her group of friends.
i thought that was sweet, though, unlike the rest of my rising Second Years, because i am part-time, the list of courses i have to take is already fixed.

as a part-time not-First-Year,-not-quite-Second Year the list of courses i have to take for Fall 2017 is already set.
for Fall, 2017 everybody in my class is required to take Constitutional Law as our final lock-step class requirement.
then, i have to make up both Legislation and Regulation and Civil Procedure, which the full-time kids took last semester and this semester, respectively.
given the newfound flexibility my classmates have to choose their own schedules and sections there was a lot of talk about which Professors and which sections to take.
one Professor is really nice but is a hard grader, another Professor gets distracted and off-topic easily, another is very exacting with small details.
my classmates would gossip and strategize at length about which Professors would be best based on all sorts of information they were pulling from i-don't-know-where.
they were especially keen to tell me from personal experience which Professors to take or avoid for Legislation and Regulation and Civil Procedure.
i thanked them politely for their opinions and didn't pay it any mind.
the only real variable for me, as always, would be what schedule would afford me the maximum amount of free time.

for a while it looked like i was going to have to take classes five days a week.
i was not looking forward to that shit.
then, Tuesday, i got out the Course Scheduled worksheet from my file and i took a second look at it and i saw that there was an option that would give me Tuesdays and Thursdays off.
my brain was all fuzzy from a full day at school so i had to look at it a few times before it clicked “holy shit, yeah, that's an option!”
i wonder why i didn't see this the last time i looked at the schedule?

there are three sections of Constitutional Law law offered, but they all happen at the same time, 9:40 – 11:50am.
the only difference is that one section is given on Mondays and Wednesdays and the other two are given on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Legislation and Regulation is offered two sections on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:00pm or one section on Monday and Wednesday from 3:10-4:40pm
Civil Procedure is offered either Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:10am, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:45 to 10:05 or Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30 to 2:50pm.
it seems that i can pile all of my classes onto Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays if i want to.
it will be a long day on Mondays and Wednesdays, but worth it to have a four days to myself, i think.
so that's what i did.
my schedule for Fall 2017 is as follows:
Constitutional Law: Monday and Wednesday 9:40 – 11:50am
Civil Procedure: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:30 – 2:50pm
Legislation and Regulation: Monday and Wednesday 3:10 – 4:40pm

Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure are both 4 Credit course.
Legislation and Regulation is a 3 Credit course.
Legislation and Regulation used to be a 4 Credit course when my fellow First Years took it, but they've dialed it back for some reason nobody bothered to explain to me.
i wonder what my Full-Time friends will know about Legislation and Regulation that i won't?
anyways, that leaves me with 11 Credit Hours for the Fall 2017 semester.
as a part-time student, i can take up to 12.
i wanted to take a 1 Credit course Mediation Certification Workshop which would have met from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday in the middle of August in the week before school started.
i figured i would like to learn how to mediate shit, plus, i need all the credits i can get.
unfortunately, that class was not available to register for over the internet.
i tried to submit a Special Enrollment Form for the class, but every time i tried to get to the Special Enrollment Form website, the page refused to load.
by the time i got the page up and filled out my information, it still would not go through.
by the time i got my Special Enrollment Form submitted, it was 11:30am, after i went back to sleep and had woken up again.
i found out later, the class was all filled up with was a wait list seven-men deep.
i guess i am not the only one looking to gobble up spare credit hours.

i looked for other 1 Credit classes that i could possibly take to get the most value for my 100% Full Tuition Waiver.
unfortunately, all the other classes available were 2 Credits or greater.
i went and asked the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs if i could get a waiver to just take one credit over my maximum Part Time allowance, but she told me to fuck the fuck out of her office.
i could consider transferring to the Full Time program, but i couldn't talk about doing that until grades come back for this semester.
i don't know if i'm up for that challenge, anyway.
Law School is hard work.
also, all of this planing-for-the-future is contingent on me not failing out this semester.
i have no reason to believe that not failing out will happen.

//[ab irato ad astra]
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