Messages - Duncanjp
In most real life scenarios a 70% would be a C at most
Your intended points do manage to crash through, Sollicitus. But in all sincerity, proper grammar and spelling are fundamental to being an effective communicator in the legal field. Yes, this is an informal thread. But if you are a law student, you should be cultivating the habit of identifying and correcting the errors that riddle sentences like the ones above before you post them. Otherwise, how do you expect to establish credibility as an attorney?
« on: April 07, 2012, 01:15:24 AM »
Severely impairs your performance on standardized tests? I honestly don't mean to be crass here, but how do you expect to pass the bar, the mother of all standardized tests? Even assuming you can get over that hurdle, if Yale were to let you in as a charity case, would you really feel comfortable and welcome there? I don't mean to discourage you, but there's no shame in setting a more realistic bar for yourself. Many law schools with less prestige than HYS are just fine and produce excellent attorneys.
Here's a terrible poem about it:
I admire your courage for putting that out there, Jesus. That says something about your character. Well done. You have fortitude that the vast majority will never find. That said, you're right: this isn't particularly great poetry. Great poetry: 1) intimates as much or more than it speaks; 2) employs meter, alliteration, assonance, rhyme, double entendre, and other linguistic constructs. I do like the phrase, "Anthony informally." That's perfect. The whole poem should read like that: two words that not only flow in poetic sympathy, but have a greater range of interpretation than the mere obvious. Definitely your best line. Shoot for more lines like that.
To show that I'm not just a critic, but a tortured, reclusive poet-songwriter-artist scratching away my soul by candlelight in the middle of the night myself, this reminds me of a brief piece I wrote some years ago:
It was the longest night of my life ó
Making love in moonlit clover.
Front to front
I touched her cóDamn!
It bears mentioning that poetic license is a myth. Readers see through it. I've read enough attempts at poetry where some law student was obviously sitting up late, pencil in tooth, beer in hand, furiously writing on some storm of inspiration. But the would-be poet never seems to bother rewriting, editing, and working with the language until the poem has actually been crafted to avoid glaring mistakes like forced rhymes. (You know: adding five extra syllables to the line just because the last word rhymes.) It cheapens the poetry.
Regardless, I love reading anybody's attempt to say something in an eloquent and creative way, so please don't take this as a negative critique. I've posted my own modest original songs - and I don't deny that they're modest - on a recordists' website now and then. The very first response I got to one of my tunes was some smart-ass who said that if he were forced to choose between listening to my material or being locked up in a jail cell with Bubba, he'd say, "Pass the K-Y jelly." LOL. Jerk.
« on: March 29, 2012, 02:11:02 AM »
I've been out of the Marines for several years now, but last November, a few of my classmates and I participated as volunteer panelists in a JAG mock trial staged by the Army. It was a fantastic experience. The prosecutor was a brand new attorney, a butterbar lieutenant, and boy, was he nervous in the service. He was being trained by a very amusing female captain, a JAG of impressive composure, inner strength, and outer humor, who sat behind the prosecutor's table and continually kicked the lieutenant's chair with her boot, whispering, "Object! Object!" (They were in fatigues for the exercise.) She seemed very young to me, but she had a level of self-confidence and determination that would be the envy of all my female classmates, and would probably intimidate most of the males. But actually, everybody in the JAG corps blew my mind. I was very proud to have had the privilege to participate in their training exercise.
I don't know what it takes to become a JAG, but they were actively inviting us to inquire further. Talk to a recruiter, and don't limit yourself to just the Air Force or the Coast Guard. Talk to all of the branches. If you can get in with the Army or the Marines, you'll be doing the same thing. Very best of luck to you.
Hi Nicole. My morning commute is an hour to get to work. Three nights a week I head downtown after work to law school. Then I drive a little over an hour to get home. I leave at 7 a.m. and I don't get home until 10 p.m. on school nights. As a law student, I have only two lives: I am either at work or I'm studying law, whether in class or out. I'm winding up my second year of this and while I love law school, it's hard on my wife, although she's supportive. You are going to have to REALLY want to become an attorney to get through it. Part-time law schools usually take four years, and it's a huge grind if you have to work at the same time. If I lived two hours away from school, but I didn't have to work, then I wouldn't bother getting a room. I'd just drive home. Commuting is a great opportunity to listen to law CDs. After you listen to them over and over, some of it actually sticks.
« on: March 07, 2012, 08:45:49 PM »
That article certainly makes a case for not going to law school until a person has spent some time in a given industry and can state with specificity why he or she wants to attend law school, what law school can do for that person, and what that person can do for the legal profession. Too many people attend law school with no greater sense of purpose than "I want to be a lawyer," having no clear idea of what that really entails or why they think they want it.
Dirty Harry is the best law movie of all time. Bar none.
Inherit The Wind was also pretty cool, dramatizing the 1925 Scopes monkey trial (so-called), in which a teacher in Tennessee was convicted of teaching evolution in a high school science class. I don't think it's entirely true to history, but it's a pretty good flick for 50 years ago.
I liked the Paper Chase TV series, but I've never managed to stay awake through the movie.
« on: January 16, 2012, 07:00:49 PM »
Carry on, bud. My crim pro final is looming and I've got work to do. Best of luck with your studies.
« on: January 16, 2012, 04:45:26 PM »
What is a blue collar attorney exactly? I work in shorts and a t-shirt most of the time.
You won't appear in court like that. And I doubt you'll be allowed to dress like that during business hours working even for a small law firm. But if you're going to hang your own shingle outside your door, dress the way you want. If you feel you will be taken just as seriously by your clients, your employer, your opponents at law, and society at large, do it. It's your career.