3L Fall Classes

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Overview — A general review or summary of a subject.”
-Oxford English Dictionary


Every time a new semester starts, I feel like it’s so hard for me to wrap my head around how much time I have left in law school.  But this semester, it seems even harder because this time I only have less than a year left of school.  I like my course schedule this semester because two of my classes are taught by adjuncts who practice in the field and another is more of a practical learning type class instead of just lecture.  So without further ado, here’s the courses I am taking this semester.

Administrative Law

Admin Law will definitely be the hardest class I take this semester.  While the jury is still out on the difficulty of the material in this class, the way the professor teaches this class is not the easiest to determine what information is important to learn for the exam.  He goes over a lot of scholars’ views on administrative law, but not as much about the legal framework.  If you don’t know what administrative law is all about, it focuses on the statutes and procedural frameworks that allow agencies to function and implement their rules. 

Corporate Compliance and Risk Management

This is one of my classes with an adjunct professor who specializes in helping companies implement their own compliance programs so he’s the perfect person to teach this class.  So far, we’ve discussed the general basis of why companies have compliance programs and how compliance fits in to a company’s structure.  Throughout the rest of the first half, the class focuses on more of the general structure of a compliance program before we turn to more specific compliance issues.  A compliance class is important for anyone who is looking to work in-house.

Energy Law

The structure of this class involves seven simulations about different issues that arise in the field of energy law.  So before each simulation, we have lectures about the legal background related to the simulation.  I actually am enjoying the structure since there’s a way more practical aspect to this class than a typical class.  In the simulations, there are negotiations, ratemaking exercises, etc.  I’ve been enjoying the class and think some of my science background is helpful since the basis of energy lies in a lot of the classes I took in college.

Entertainment Law

I’ve really wanted to take this class since I was a 1L.  This class focuses on the legal side of the entertainment industry, including all of the management contracts, agent agreements, music sampling, licenses, etc.  One of the great things about this class is the professor is an attorney for a number of artists and managers so he has a lot of experience regarding the subject managers.  His stories about his experiences are super informative, and he invites a good number of guest speakers from the entertainment industry to talk about their area of specialty, including recording labels, concert tours, independent films, reality tv, etc.  This is my fun class this semester and I definitely think that’s an accurate representation of this class.

IP Research Paper

My school requires that every student writes a 25 to 30 page research paper on a specific topic.  There’s a few options of classes, but I picked the IP one since it’s a requirement of the IP concentration.  Since this class revolves around IP, I could pick any novel topic related to IP and write an entire paper about it.  I have a current topic picked out that I’m super excited about since I get to write about one of my favorite places, Walt Disney World, and IP so hopefully this paper turns out as well as I think it will.

I also have my professional development requirements, similar to last semester.  I’m also continuing my position as a research assistant with the same professor as last year.  In addition, I am actually continuing to work as a legal intern for the company I interned at this summer; I loved my experience there this summer so I’m really glad I can continue working there during the school year.  It’s shaping up to be a crazy busy semester, but I definitely think it’ll be a fun one!

August Obsessions

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Obsession — An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.”
-Oxford’s English Dictionary


August:  the end of summer, the beginning of back to school, and a good month for new obsessions.  Starting school may mean my obsessions may not be as wonderful for the next few months as my only obsession will be doing school work.

1.  Crazy Rich Asians (movie).  I talked about how much I loved the book Crazy Rich Asians in my May Obsessions, and the movie did not disappoint.  I’ve wanted to see the movie since I read the first book so opening day, my mom and I took a trip to our local movie theater to see the movie.  I thought the casting was amazing and they definitely hit a lot of the major plot points in the book; however, I did think they cut out some of the instances that hinted at what would happen in the next two books.  I would definitely go back and see it again!

2.  Marriage Vacation by Pauline Turner Brooks.  The tv show Younger is one of my favorite shows on television right now.  If you’ve never watched it, the show takes place in the book publishing world and parodies many series that are actually real books.  During the course of one season, one of the main character’s estranged wife writes a semi-autobiographical novel about her year away from her family and her kids.  While the show made me not really like Pauline, the book changed my perspective on her character.  Even if you haven’t watched the show, this book is a good read about a woman who is seeking to reinvent herself when she takes a break from the pressures of her everyday life.

3.  Goodie Girl Cookies (Fudge Stripes and Chocolate Crème).  One item I missed more than anything since I went gluten free, Oreos.  I have probably tried every gluten free imitation Oreo on the market, and none were really that great.  And then I tried the Goodie Girl Cookies version; my life was changed.  Okay, it’s probably not that dramatic, but these taste almost exactly the same as Oreos, but I don’t have to worry about feeling sick after eating them.  I also super enjoy their Fudge Stripe cookies which taste exactly like the Keebler Fudge Stripes cookies.  If you have to eat gluten free, please try these out, you’ll thank me for it.

4.  Honest Beauty Extreme Lengths Mascara + Primer.  I received this free in exchange for a review from Influenster.  I have been consistently using Too Faced Better than Sex mascara for the past few years so I was definitely game to try a new mascara.  I like how long this makes my lashes and it has a great color.  It’s also great that it’s a mascara and primer in one, which makes it easier to carry than having two separate makeup items.  The only gripe I have is that it does seem to melt off a little easier than other mascaras.  I do generally like it though.

5.  Starting 3L Year!  I cannot believe I only have a few months left of law school, but it feels amazing to say that I have made it to my 3L year.  I definitely now understand the phrase, “1L year, they scare you to death; 2L year, they work you to death; and 3L year, they bore you to death.”  Although I’m super busy, it’ not really from my school work as much as it is from all of my extra-curriculars.  I’m super excited about my classes this semester, except Admin Law (more on that later this week) and about my work that I’m doing both with my professor and at the company I worked at this summer.

What amazing finds did you make this past month?  Let me know so I can check them out!
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