Editor's Note: On further reflection this post isn't very interesting. Only read on if (a) you like listening to Holohan bitch about petty things, (b) you're interested in law school courses, and/or (c) you want to help Holohan decide what to take next semester.
God damn it. There were three courses I wanted to take next semester: Federal Courts with Judge William Fletcher, Antitrust, and Professor Jesse Choper's Supreme Court seminar. It turns out that Judge Fletcher is not teaching Federal Courts next semester (another professor, who sounds pretty boss, is teaching it, but part of the lure of the course was learning about federal courts from a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge). Antitrust is also not being taught by the normal guy, but by a Law & Economics Professor. I fucking hate Law & Economics. I find it harder to swallow than Creationism.
The Supreme Court seminar is ready to go, but it's limited to eighteen students and usually has a waiting list numbering in the dozens. The reason for the limited enrollment is the kick-ass format of the class: The class splits into pairs, and each pair takes on the role of a Justice on the current U.S. Supreme Court. Over the course of the year the students go through the Court's docket and decide cases as their respective Justices would. Each pair is responsible for writing one majority opinion and one dissent. And the best part is, it satisfies the dreaded Writing Requirement.
So, of the three courses I was looking forward to next semester, it looks like I may not be able to take any of them. I've decided that for the next year I'm going to satirically blame all of my problems on Boalt's fallen ranking. "Maybe at a top twelve school I could have taken a class from a Ninth Circuit Judge, but not here." I could also play up my transfer student disappointment. "I left Westwood for this?" Of course, we all know that the real reason for my transfer is sitting in the kitchen reading The Caine Mutiny right now, so that last argument is pure affectation.
Let's take a look at my second string:
Constitutional Law - Structural Issues. It would be my third Con Law class, and the most esoteric. I'd spend yet another semester in the company of hard-core law geeks.
Entertainment Law & New Media Writing Workshop. I thought I liked Entertainment Law until we got into remedies this semester. But I think I just hate remedies in general. This would be one of those 2-unit courses that takes up more time than the rest of your schedule combined, and there's a strong preference for 2Ls in the limited enrollment. I may not even bother applying.
Conflict of Laws. Another law geek course, taught by one of the three professors that came highly recommended by one of my Boalt alum friends. The other two were Judge Fletcher and Eleanor Swift. Professor Swift teaches Evidence, and I couldn't take her course because she only teaches in the Fall and I had to take Evidence this semester for my Trial class. Maybe at a top twelve school...
Estates & Trusts. Dull as toast, but since it's a major subject on the California bar exam, they say that California law students looking to take the California bar should take this course for an edge over the out-of-staters. It also meets once a week from 6:20-9, which might bring back nightmares of Civil Trial Practice.
California Marital Property I didn't like regular Property, and I have no interest in being a divorce lawyer (my thorough enjoyment of Intolerable Cruelty notwithstanding). But, like Estates & Trust, it's a weeder subject on the California bar exam. It's also taught by the highly recommended professor who's teaching Conflicts of Laws. And my dad could help me with my homework.
Comments welcome. Help me decide what to do with my life.