Such a Close Call..

So week three already? Doesn’t seem like its been that long already!!

Things I’ve learned! (Which I will explain in detail later..)

  • Law school and high school are not that different..
  • I need to set more alarms
  • Headphones keep the world out!
  • How to pronounce federalist (well, still working on it.. don’t judge)

Last week went really well! I learned how to use LexisNexis.com and Westlaw.com. Two amazing research tools that OCU provides to its students! Plus learning new case law/statutes for torts, contracts, and civ pro! In legal research and writing we spent the week being taught how to do a rule synthesis and analysis which we applied today in class to 3 cases.. This was our first attempt at group work in law school, and I would like to say it went well! (Minus the fact that I was 8 minutes LATE TO CLASS! I know..)

Things I’ve learned in CLASS this week!

  • Torts: Trespass to Chattels & Conversion to Chattels –

 

  • Contracts: Offer and Acceptance – An offer is the “manifestation of willingness to enter into a bargain, so made as to justify another person in understanding that his assent to that bargain is invited and will conclude it.” Without acceptance of an offer there is no binding contract 🙂

 

  • Civil Procedures: Minimal Contact + Purposeful Availment – both of which apply to the courts ability to assert personal jurisdiction/long-arm jurisdiction over out of state residents/companies. Minimal Contact – “Does the defendant have “minimal contact” with the forum state such that the assertion of jurisdiction would not violate Due Process Clause?” … Has the defendant “purposefully availed” itself of the privilege of conducting activities in the forum state, thereby invoking the benefits and protections of the state’s law?

 

  • Legal Research & Writing: Rule Synthesis – how to take a rule provided by case law, relate similar cases with similar facts and develop a specified law for the issue presented to the court. It’s a little more complicated than you think! We were given a memorandum as if a senior attorney assigned us to the case and worked in groups to come up with the law applicable to the facts provided. It was hard to determine what the law would consider a “material change” in a victim’s location or condition when being applied to a plaintiff’s actionable tort of negligent infliction of emotional distress. If you move the victim from a room to the hallway is that considered a material change in location? One of the cases provided said moving from outside to inside (away from the scene of the incident) is a material change, and another said moving from a car crash to the hospital is absolutely a material change in location.. but if you were attacked in a hospital bed and then they moved your hospital bed (with you in it) to the hallway directly in front of your room, you were moved from the room where you were attacked but is this movement a material change? complicated! but I’m pretty sure the answer in no. Anyways that’s whats going on in LR&W!!
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Beginning Week 2

Hello again!

It’s Sunday night and I am going over my homework for contracts, watching hulu and writing this blog. I really want to at least get one blog a week to keep yall updated, hopefully two! This past week has been crazy busy!! So Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I have Torts and Contracts. Tuesdays and Thursdays I have Legal Research and Writing and Civil Procedures. This week I had like 3 case briefs and around 200 pages to read this week! We reviewed Professionalism Expectations, the American Legal Systems, and like three different ways to brief a case. I’ve learned 20 new words in Latin, what constitutes a nuisance, binding and persuasive precedence, and the definition of a contract and what constitutes a breach.

This week I’ve already done 3 case briefs and read 50 pages just for Monday’s classes.. Two of my case briefs are for contracts and they’re over the same case, a trial and supreme court appeal for the Baby “M” case regarding surrogacy contract validity. In the case a couple uses insemination and a surrogate to have a child because the wife had MS and pregnancy would be dangerous. After the baby was born the surrogate mother (natural mother) asked for visitation, then asked to take the baby home for the week and then refused to return the baby. She even went as far and evading a court order, becoming a fugitive with her husband and the baby and hiding for 3 months. She threatens to kill herself and the baby before giving it back.. she is off her rocker. It’s a really interesting case! The outcome in the trial court was in favor of the plaintiff but the Supreme Court of NJ decided that surrogate contract is invalid because it conflicts with the law and public policy of the State. The case before this one was a contract breach regarding a doctor patient contract of sterilization. A guy sued for breach of contract because he had a vasectomy and then got his wife pregnant. The court decided that they couldn’t make the doctor pay damages for the normal birth of a normal child because it is foreign to the universal public sentiment of the people. Really interesting!

Anyways gotta be up early to review Intentional Torts, and the contract cases! Sweet Dreams!!

 

Fingers Crossed!

OCU Law App!!

So I’m taking a 10 minutes break to cool off from Legal Research and Writing and I was thinking.. we could really use a law school app! It could have a library link that shows you what you can find on each floor, link to email, westlaw and lexisnexis links! dictionary look up, course syllabi, contact information for all of the offices like Academic Achievement, PCDC and Financial Aid.. You could put a staff directory on there and an option for students to put in their schedule in landscape view, you could honestly probably build in a planner. Links to BlueLink, StarNet, even if the links just open up safari so it doesnt get too difficult to build. It would make life soo much easier 🙂 Just something to think about!

The Finale!

Today is Friday! It is officially the last day of my Legal Analysis class! I wanted to update every day but with the work load on top of not having Internet at my apartment (fixed!!) it was a little hard to sit down and type out everything I wanted to say! If you want to keep up on the reg. I do tweet a lot throughout the day! I will have it linked up to the site very soon! This week was crazy hectic! In total I had 8 case briefs to do between Tuesday and Friday. I’ve learned a lot! Our case brief layout is a little extensive and I think my professor is one of the more lax on cutting down to the bare minimum because I’ve been talking to some of the other L1’s (yeah that’s right! making friends!) and their classes seem a lot more intense, and harder, than our does. But my professor is so intelligent I cant even be mad. I just want to sit in his presence and soak up all the knowledge his brain can’t hold anymore. It’s actually pretty fun when he gets off track on a subject or question that he likes because we get into things that I dont think we would  normally be covering!

Okay well TBC because class is about to start!

Fingers Crossed!

Legal Analysis. The One Week Long Class!

Today is Monday! August 8th, and I am going to try and get this blog finished tonight so I can keep up! This morning I woke up around 9, packed up my bags, got in the truck and drove to Starbucks. I really wanted an Internet connection! I googled to find a Starbucks since I have no idea where anything is in Oklahoma City! Found one and followed google maps to the red dot! This was the first Starbucks I have ever been to that does not have an indoor area available to customers. Keep in mind it’s 95 degrees outside in Oklahoma this morning, I was at a loss. So I gave in, ordered my drink (Grande Java Chip Frappachino-delicious and highly recommended!) and found a spot outside where I could plug my Dell laptop in(the battery is shot and it won’t turn on wothout being plugged in.. I want a Apple mac!) and search the Internet for a cable company, electric company and gas company! While I’m sitting here there is another girl doing the same thing I am, her name will be G for all extensive purposes. As it turns out she ALSO is new to OKC, from Texas, and attending OCU Law! What a coincidence! We talked a bit about relocating our lives and the things that need to be done and then part ways! I like her haha we might just become friends, I’ll keep you updated!

After Starbucks I headed over to Penn Square Mall to go to AT&T to exchange my iPhone car charger that stopped working. They were amazing, once I actually found the store of course. I must have walked around the mall 3 times before I decided to consult the directory! Not my best logic haha. They took mine and gave me a brand new one on the spot, no questions asked. I did, however, check to see if they could give me Internet at my new apartment! No such luck, Cox has a monopoly in the area and I now have to pay $54 dollars a month for Internet. I know this is a small price to pay for how much I will be on it so I will try not to complain. They are coming Thursday to hook up my modem and wireless! I also transferred electricity and gas into my name today! ONG even came out today right at the beginning of the time period they said they would(like 12:01 for a 12-4 time period!), that was really nice and unexpected! The amazing part of this is now I have hot water!! Thank goodness! It wasn’t awful without it since it’s a zillion degrees here, the water wasn’t all that cold to begin with. I spent the remainder of the afternoon reading and highlighting Jane C. Ginsburg’s “Legal Methods” exert until I had to leave for my first day of Legal Methods!

Today we were asked to wear court attire because we would be taking the pledge of professional commitment! I love dressing up so of course I was ecstatic! Before the pledge we broke up into previously assigned sections and had our first Legal Analysis class where we were divided into four groups and each given one of the four hypothetical cases that I reviewed on Sunday! Each group was assigned a lawyer or judge to facilitate the discussion and a reporter to notate the opinions of the group on their case. I got to be the reporter! Granted I was the only one who wanted it but it was still exciting to me! Our case was about two 1L students that went to a party, had too much to drink, made the decision to drive home but got pulled over and received a DUI on the way. We discussed if the student needed to report the incident to the school? To the bar examiner? And if the passenger had an obligation to report the driver if he was not going to report himself. Also all of the possible consequences from each decision. It was interesting and after each group reporter stood and delivered the group findings and final decision. I had to rush because we were already over our time but I loved every minute of the spotlight! I want to be our 1L Class President so obviously I want people to know who I am! After class we took the pledge, had two judge speakers and a speech from the president of the university(who I love!) and now I am home! Finishing this entry so that I can return to a case brief and Ginsberg’s exert. I will tell you all about it tomorrow after my second Legal Analysis class! Until then!

Fingers Crossed!

Welcome to Law School!

This weekend was orientation! I decided tonight due to my inability to sleep! that I want to start a new blog. I plan on updating often and sharing my entire first year of law school with you and the world. I guess I should start with how I came to be in where I am today. There is an “about me” page where you can learn all of my secrets.. I’m just going to dive right in!

Saturday morning at 10am I traipsed across campus from my apartment in white crop pants, a grey top and black heels. The heels were not my best choice for walking but I love them and I wanted to see how long the walk was from the door of my place to door of Sarkeys Law Center (10 minutes in heels in case you were wondering). I was greeted by woman at a sign in table who handed me a folder with useful information then ushered into a large room with 200 unknown faces! This is exciting for me because I lovee meeting new people! But not this morning.. I had gone out the night before in Bricktown with a few girls from my 1L class and my. head. hurt. I didn’t want to talk, all I wanted was for everyone to whisper and a gallon of water! During the first day of orientation we listened to multiple presentations on school amenities and what law school is going to be like. We broke up into groups and had 2L and 3L students do a Q&A session where they told us things they wish they had known and tips about our professors, very informative! After Q&A we were sent to lunch! They had assigned tables for us to sit at that were run by upper level students for more Q&A! Then the rest of the afternoon included more presentations on the Law Library and OCU Healthcare. After the first day of orientation I headed back to my brand new apartment! As of right now I have no bed.. no desk.. no dressers.. no internet.. and no entertainment. THIS is because I didn’t know where I was living when I left Texas! I literally packed up my truck with everything it could fit and moved to Oklahoma hoping to find a place to live when I got here! Which I did but now I have to wait until my parents can bring down furniture for me! (Wednesday, thank goodness!) Until then I am sleeping on my futon, with a thin small blanket and one pillow.. Out of everything I remembered to pack I did not grab the pillows and comforter off of my bed at home? I of course didn’t realize this until the day after I left Texas.. But it’s working out so far, I can handle it! I spent the majority of the night after orientation unpacking my clothes that were on hangers and setting up my bathroom since those were things that could be done! Everything else? sitting in piles in my living room. I went to Target and bought the essentials. One pillow, one storage box, one full length mirror ($4 couldn’t pass it up!), 2 plastic wine glasses, a case of water and a 12 pack of Coors Light. This is what I needed to last me until Wednesday!

Saturday night I was invited out to an “All-White” party at a bar near my new abode! Of course I had the perfect white dress to wear, in combination with a hot pink sequined headband and hot pink patent-leather heels! I looked adorable! and then the drinking ensued.. Towards the end of the night I had made 20 new friends! Whose names and faces I can not recall, but on the bright side my apartment was less than 30 feet away so I was safe! Some very nice boy escorted me to my door and laid me down on my futon to rest up for Orientation on Sunday!

Sunday morning I thought I was supposed to be at orientation earlier in the morning so I pried myself out of bed around 10:30am and threw on a dress and black ariat boots and climbed into the truck and drove the .07 miles to the law school, I was not about to walk.. As I pulled up I realized there were no cars there. So I double checked the schedule and we weren’t meeting until 1:30 that afternoon! So of course my initial reaction was to go home and back to sleep! BUT instead I googled catholic church in the OKC area and found St. Francis of Assisi a mile away! And they had mass starting at 11. Couldn’t pass up those signs so I went to mass! After mass however, straight home and onto my makeshift bed (futon) to sleep until I had to get up and to the law school.

Day Two of orientation provided multiple presentations on subjects like the bar exam, financial aid, and student organizations! I am amazed at how many times the bar was mentioned in the 2 days prior to my first week of law school.. But they made valid points, they said bar is going to test us on the things we learn on the first day of torts and contracts. There will not be a day in law school that you don’t need to retain everything you learned, they said. This information is exciting! and a little frightening (maybe a lot) knowing I will be tested on things I learned 3 years prior! They said the 10 weeks preceding to the bar exam are going to be the worst 10 weeks of my life. Even with this information I am still more than ready to proceed with the next step in my education!

After orientation I came home and outlined and reviewed 4 hypothetical cases for the first day of Legal Analysis on Monday. I did two cases that focused on the professionalism expected in the legal field and how I would react personally to the cases, then watched 2 episodes of October Road on Hulu! It’s a pretty good show, all about a guy who left his tiny little town and all his friends and ended up writing a successful book in NYC all about his town. He goes back and realizes he left a lot of unfinished business behind and stays to mend relationships. At least that’s as far as I’ve gotten 🙂 I like it! Anyways!! I then finished the other two hypothetical cases that focuses more on the ethics of the legal profession. If you google “introduction to professional expectation, OCU” you can read the cases that were presented to the 1L class. They make you think! After I finished I wasn’t able to sleep so I started this blog! Now I am excited to include you and everyone else in my journey though my 1L year at OCU! As soon as my Internet is set up at my apartment it will be easier for me to blog! Until then please understand that blogging from my iphone is a little difficult but I will do my best!! Wish me luck!

Fingers Crossed