By Tandis Taghavi
Chapter 3: The Prisoner of Azkaban (read Chapters One and Two)
As a 1L, you may have thought your first semester of Legal Skills wasn’t that bad…after all, how hard can writing formal and informal memos be? You may have boogied into your Legal Skills II class with the same impression. However, as you cheerfully picked out your seat on the first day of class and briefly glanced at the syllabus, suddenly your palms became sweaty, your knees were weak, your arms were heavy, and you were trying not to vomit your mom’s spaghetti (in the words of Eminem). While the words, “Oral Argument Assignment,” violently jumped off the page, only 2% of your class seemed to rejoice. If you are like most, you were probably ignited with a prickly case of hives and suddenly had a “Sirius” urge to grab your backpack and run to the unplottable graveyard of Azkaban.
“I felt weird, like I’d never be cheerful again…”—Ron Weasley
Like Harry (and myself), you may have felt chills as the windows turned to ice and a cloaked, dreary dark creature (Oh no…. Dementors!!) hovered behind you and slowly began to suck the happiness, hope, life, and peace out of you.
But don’t fear, Professor Remus Lupin is here! Continue reading “Spotting the Issue: Confessions of a “Half-Blood” 1L (Pt. 3)”
By Tandis Taghavi
Chapter 2: The Chamber of Secrets (read Chapter 1 here)
Class of 2020!! Can you believe it? Our first year of law school is winding down. With less than 10 weeks to go, the closer we get to finals, appellate briefs being due, and oral arguments, the more it feels like walking into a colony of Acromantulas (this can be quite a sticky situation). Rightfully named the “Forbidden Forest,” its eerie roots are known to domicile these spooky creatures and mystical secrets. Aragog’s lair is considered unsafe for man, and therefore Hogwarts prohibits students from entry (beware ejectment). While trespassing onto these treacherous lands in search of the ultimate secret (how to survive law school), might delay studying for a Civil Procedure midterm, entering Aragog’s lair will make learning about affirmative defenses (FRCP 8(c)) seem like less of an intentional tort.
What is—The Secret?
Ah, at last, we are faced with the ultimate question. What is the secret behind success in law school? Do you really want to know? Continue reading “Spotting the Issue: Confessions of a “Half-Blood” 1L (Pt. 2)”
By Tandis Taghavi
Chapter 1: Muggle Studies
Congratulations, you’ve been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Here you will learn the secrets of magic and the laws behind it. Your transformation from a muggle to a witch or wizard will be lengthy and stressful. Through these chapters, I hope to ease the process and explain some challenges you will face, like learning spells (also known as the rules of law).
Both in law school and in the world of Hogwarts, the common phrase “knowledge is power” has been known as an overarching theme. Hogwarts selects students carefully and rigorously for an exclusive education, although the acceptance letter arrives by an owl rather than through ordinary mail (after your first semester of Contracts you might see this again and think Mailbox/Dispatch Rule). The same is true of law school. You will face Professor Snape who smells the fear of 1L’s, abides by the Socratic method, and is terrifying. You may encounter Professor McGonagall who is firm but fair. You could even have a Moody Professor who has a “Mad-Eye” for the law.
There are a few things I wish I was told before I walked into my first week of law school. Continue reading “Spotting the Issue: Confessions of a “Half-Blood” 1L”
By Kevin Serrano, Business Law Society Co-President & Rebecca Gold, SBA San Diego County Bar Association Representative
Business Law Conference (Jan. 25, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., FREE): The Business Law Society presents the 85th Anniversary Securities Act of 1933 Business Law Conference on Thursday, Jan. 25. This on-campus event, free for all CWSL students, will feature panels on “Capital Formation in a Shrinking Market” and “Securities Fraud and Enforcement.” Panelists include former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commissioner Troy A. Paredes and former SEC Chief Counsel Marty P. Dunn.
Date: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Location: California Western School of Law. Register online here. For more information, contact Marilyn Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CWSL students are also encouraged to attend three upcoming events advertised by the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA). All of these events and more are FREE for law student SDCBA members, and membership is free for CWSL students: join the SDCBA today here. Continue reading “Upcoming CWSL and SDCBA events”
By James Gosnell
Want fun adventures to look forward to after finals? Here are eight natural and historic landmarks in San Diego to check out during the holiday break.
La Jolla Cove [La Jolla Cove photo above: photo credit Tomas Del Coro via Creative Commons, image cropped to fit design specs.]
San Diego is well known for its beaches, but La Jolla Cove is a picturesque example of the underwater bathometry of San Diego. Because of its unique underwater beauty, the cove is a common place for swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers. Frequently, the visibility of the ocean is greater than 30 feet in the cove. It is part of the greater La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, which ensures marine life safety and regulates recreational fish and wildlife activity in the cove. You will frequently find harbor seals basking in the sun on the small sandy beach. A little known fact is that the cove is one of nine permanent lifeguard stations in San Diego. Continue reading “Looking forward to after finals: San Diego’s natural and historic landmarks”