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January 30, 2005

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With thanks to the Harper's Index, here's my semester, by the numbers:
  • Average number of pages of a casebook I read per hour: 10
  • Average number of pages of reading assigned per hour of class: 30
  • Number of class hours I'm taking this semester: 13
  • Average number of pages I should read per week: 390
  • Number of hours per week I should therefore devote to reading: 39
  • Total number of hours already dedicated to work, clinic, and journal: 20
  • Number of hours available to blog, work on my “note,” or cover any extra assignments that might pop up: 0
  • One adjective to describe me this semester: Screwed.

Posted January 30, 2005 10:25 PM | 2L

Phew... that "10 pages per hour" average makes me feel a little better. I was speaking with a non-law student friend this week, and I mentioned that I had a ton of reading to do one night.

"How much?" he asked.

"About 30 pages," I replied.

He was suprised that it would take me the better part of an evening to read that. To which I explained that I can't motor through case reading like I can fiction... I average about 10 pages per hour, too. And sometimes I still feel like I'm rushing a bit.

Posted by: Dave! at January 30, 2005 12:44 PM

Yeah, I can get through the material faster, but not if I really want to be ready to respond in class. I have two classes this semester where the profs throw out a hypo that's closely based on one of the cases from the reading, then ask you how the SCOTUS would decide the issue. They'll do this again and again, so if I just read one case, or just read them all really quickly, I won't have a prayer of remembering the details well enough to give the "right" answer.

I wish I was faster, but maybe this is what happens when law students get old like we are. ;-)

(I've always been a slow reader, though, compared to many people.)

Posted by: ambimb at January 30, 2005 05:58 PM

That's why seminars are a necessary evil. You have to write a paper, but the reading is pretty much optional.

Posted by: Meandering Law Student at January 30, 2005 11:42 PM

This is so completely off-topic, but you don't have any music posts up on your front page..

Anyway.. went to see Pedro the Lion and Earlimart Friday night. The big story was that just the lead singer for Earlimart made it; the band was stuck somewhere on the road. Fear not, though, the boys from Pedro learned the songs on the ride up from Orlando and played the role of the band- called it Earli-lion.

Both bands were amazing. Included in the highlights was Earli-lion closing with the Beatles' In My Life, which the singer hit perfectly. Other highlights were Dave Bazan's stopping the show twice to take questions from the audience and admitting that the three people who first came to mind when someone asked who he would want to be, living or dead, were- Jennifer Anniston (sure, I would be sad to have lost Brad, but I could look at them in the mirror all day); MLK (even though he plaigarized); and, of course, Jesus. The second round of questions elicited a mocking of the White Stripes and their claim to be the best band since Nirvana.

Good times were had by all. If they have not come up your way yet, you have to be sure to get to the show!!

Posted by: musclehead at February 2, 2005 12:30 AM

Meandering: I heart legal seminars!

Musclehad: Dude. Get back to work. You don't have time for concerts and music. Books books books, dammit! I've been so stupid about scheduling that I missed a great Thievery Corporation tsunami relief concert a week or two ago, the Arcade Fire played last weekend and I missed it, and I may have to skip seeing Interpol when they play here in a few weeks. That's just a taste; I can't even begin to keep up on all the shows I have to miss. I'll keep my eye out for the Pedro show, though. That and Bright Eyes. Oh, and The Killers. My heart is really made of pop. It's a little bit indy, put it's got a chewy (if slightly darkened or maudlin) pop center.

Posted by: ambimb at February 2, 2005 06:53 AM

Bright Eyes sold out here (damn NYT cover story!) as did The Arcade Fire (GA State had them as one of top albums for 2004).. Up next are Magnapop, Trail of Dead.. I think there are some others on the calendar, too.

Screw books!!! Didn't you see my post about the fulity of going to class??

Posted by: musclehead at February 3, 2005 06:00 PM

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