My little frolic and detour into Antitrust seems to have ended. I like my classes just as they are.
Though I've heard good things about the Trial Advocacy class, I've definitely decided not to do it in favor of the Criminal Procedure. And who was I kidding? Crim Pro is so the class for me… It would be a disgrace to my civil libertarian cred if I didn't do it. Plus the prof is really good (he's from BC, and comes highly recommended from people I know at BC), and has been raising in class all the right issues. This week has mostly been introductory material (the issues as opposed to the cases) and I'm sure it will get more intense from here, but it will be worth it.
Trademark class is fine, and I like my tax class. My telecom class meanwhile has morphed from a lecture to a three-person seminar. This change is ok with me, but I'm nervous someone is going to make the class disband (in which case perhaps I go back to Antitrust?). So far though there have been a lot of assurances that we can go forward as is. There are some definite upsides to this situation: it will be a more intensive learning environment, and we'll do a paper rather than an exam. That last part is good because the exam had been scheduled the day after another one in a week where there would have been three. In theory with the paper I may gain some schedule flexibility. On the other hand, this class is going to end up being a lot more work. On top of the paper I'll HAVE to do all the work, since it will be particularly conspicuous if I haven't. On the other, other hand, however, I'll end up learning more. And that's good, right?
In the meantime, here is a pretty picture of my lovely schedule:
Note that it does not include when I'm supposed to get everything else done I need to. January will suck utterly and completely in particular as I simultaneously try not to fall behind in my classes, edit two papers, write a moot court brief, organize a colloquium, and perhaps even apply for some jobs. And don't forget the necessary scratching of that incessant blogging itch…