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for my legal writing & research course, we aren’t allowed to use the internet to look up cases, statutes or topics.

“you’re basically learning how to do something you’ll never do again in a million years,” as a 3L oh-so-gently put it.

i’ve been spending a lot more time in the library than i would prefer. thus the grainy photo & somber look…

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libraries can be tomb-like places, dark & dreary & dusty. hastings’ library was recently renovated (it re-opened this august), so the above does not apply, despite my somewhat dramatic picture. the carpets are lovely browns & purples. there are lots of comfy, danish-looking chairs to curl up in. natural light fills up many spaces. the books are well-organized. the paint is fresh. the librarians are friendly.

i guess i just get a little nervous with all the clicking of the laptops & the serious looks on everyone’s faces as they contemplate the day’s casebook readings. the quietness of it all is a bit much sometimes.

it seems a little ironic sometimes.

& we’re the lucky ones. lucky enough to be going law school. lucky enough to be going to law school in one of the coolest cities on the planet. i might even go so far as to call us lucky even to have a brain in our heads, clothes, food & shelter.

all we have to do is look around …

we’re literally surrounded by poverty, drug addiction, mental illness, homelessness.

we’re going to great school in a great city, but it just happens to be smack dab in the middle of the ghetto. i’m sorry to say it, but the tenderloin ain’t a pretty place.

i just hope some of us are planning to use our bodies, our brains & our hearts to reach out to people like those around us.

i have to constantly remind myself why i’m here as i get so caught up in the gloomy routine of reading case after case after case. some days it seems never-ending.

i see law school as an amazing opportunity to made profound and principled differences in people’s lives. this will not always be easy.

& i have made a promise to myself to finish law school without misplacing or replacing the passions that got me here.

… no matter how anxious i get sitting in the library, feeling lost in a sea of depressingly nervous overachievers.

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2 Responses

  1. i know you well enough to KNOW you will never misplace or replace your passions in life – and i love you for it.

  2. Chanced upon your blog while looking for students who go to your law school. I am an undergraduate senior student from the Philippines who plans on pursuing a degree in law overseas after graduation. Would it be alright to ask you a few questions about life in law school and the school that you go to?

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