As much as I’d love to have time to write these days, I just don’t. So please enjoy what’s here, and maybe in the coming months, I’ll have something meaningful to share. Sorry folks, but it sounds like second year Law School is going to be pretty insane!
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Yup, it’s true, it’s done! So, you can expect some quality writing from me very soon. In the meantime, here’s a very cute little “law exam” remake of David after the Dentist. If you haven’t seen David after the Dentist, watch it too; it’s pretty cute.
Here’s David after his First Exam – a very accurate portrayal of how it feels to come out of a first year law school exam:
I think this one is going to become a classic. I like it because it makes it look like I got a higher LSAT score than I really did … to be fair, I don’t think many of my classmates at University of Ottawa are insecure overachievers (if anything we’re over-confident over-achievers). But yes, my mom’s my best friend AND I drink to get to sleep at night …
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Posted in Going to law school, Linguistics, Quote of the Day, tagged accusative case, actus reus, Criminal Law, English Common Law, House of Lords, Latin, law school, linguistics, Lord Diplock, Miriam Martin, noun case, quote of the day, syntax on February 15, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
“My Lords, it would I think be conducive to clarity of analysis of the ingredients of a crime that is created by statute, as are the great majority of criminal offences today, if we were to avoid bad Latin and instead to think and speak … about the conduct of the accused and his state of mind at the time of that conduct, instead of speaking of the actus reus and mens rea.” ~ Lord Diplock in R v Miller,  1 All ER 978 (House of Lords, England)
So what is actus reus? Lord Diplock explains, earlier in this same judgment:
“This expression is derived from … ‘Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea,’ by converting incorrectly into an adjective the word reus which was there used correctly in the accusative case as a noun.”
I’m feeling a bit insecure about my ability to write successful law school exams. It’s not a comfortable feeling. I want to say I’ve never experienced anything like it, but actually I felt pretty much exactly the same after the LSAT. 100% confident that I didn’t deliver a perfect product, but also 100% confident that nobody did. (more…)
Posted in Going to law school, Videos, tagged 1L, bachelor of arts, Chomskian linguistics, coffee, law school, law school exams, law students, Miriam Martin, Starbucks, textbooks on December 4, 2011 | 2 Comments »
I wanted to write a little “What Law School is Like” blurb in honour of my impending exams, but was thrilled to find this video instead (thanks Jaime for sharing!)
The coolest thing about it (besides the fact that it’s pretty accurate), is that the gal has a BA in Linguistics, JUST LIKE ME!
Posted in Conflict & Dialectics, Going to law school, I'm crazy, Labour movement, Quote of the Day, tagged conflict, law school, legal reasoning, Miriam Martin, rationality, reason, union organizing on October 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
“Legal reasoning is about justification, not demonstration – a winning argument is one where the cumulative effect of several different and often inconclusive propositions is enough, relative to a particular context and any other arguments made, to convince someone to pursue one course of action over another.” ~Allan C. Hutchinson, The Law School Book: Succeeding at Law School (Irwin Law: Toronto, 2009) at 113. (more…)