Today has been a good day so far

Class was good, details between classes better:

I am going to see Daily Show taped on Wednesday. Found out today the guest will be:

That’s right, John Ashcroft. Should be fun, unless they prohibit us from hissing.

Also, in class, Prof. Dorf offhandly and without my prompting made my favorite analogy:  that our legal code is a lot like Windows OS code- gigantic, important, held together by baling wire and string, buggy, conflicting, occasionally crashing, and with all incentives pointed at adding features instead of fixing bugs. In short: completely unmaintainable. It was great to hear someone who is a ton smarter than I am make the analogy and give it the tiniest little bit of credence :) He says there is actually a functional proposal to make the legal revision and ‘bug fixing’ process more open-source-like, but he was just a tease, and said I should really just take a specific class to learn more. Of course, that would be my one elective next semester- which I’d really like to use on an introduction to IP instead. So… gah. Oh, well. At least I’m not completely insane :)

4 thoughts on “Today has been a good day so far”

  1. One question that’s been on my mind since I started to read about your adventures in law school: as it is, the course is two years, but is it possible to do it over a three-year period instead?

    The only thing that counts, in the end, is the bar exam if I’m not mistaken, and if you take two or three years to get there is immaterial. And with three years, you’d have more time to digest the coursework, and have more time for “electives” to go into depth on the stuff that interests you. I would assume that would make for a better lawyer. So financial considerations aside, what would the downside be of doing that?

  2. It is actually three years; I’ll take a fourth if I get accepted into the JD-MBA joint degree program. If I wanted to do more in-depth work, I could get an LLM degree, which is an additional year. If for some reason I decide to go into academia (unlikely but certainly not impossible) that is definitely the route I’d take.

  3. You know, I’m not a big fan of John Ashcroft, but compared to the partisan hack occupying the attorney general’s office now, Ashcroft did a pretty good job. Matt Yglesias made the case better than I could back in 2004.

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