I am THAT GIRL that you see stopped at red lights, jamming out to the radio like a crazy person, singing to you.
Today was a great day for so many reasons, but mostly because today was my first day of law school! And that’s exciting.
I’ve decided that my routine will go like this: wake up, eat breakfast, take the bus to campus, go to the gym, shower and get changed there, go to classes, study in between and after class, then come home and do whatever I’ve got to do for the next day. That’s what I did today and it worked out splendidly. For such a beautiful gym, the women’s locker room was crazy small, but I’ve heard there are three locker rooms, so I might give a different one a try tomorrow. I tried to straighten my hair, but it was too darn hot, so I just threw it up. I have a photo of my first day outfit below.
My first class was Contracts with Professor Pettit. I sat next to a girl named Nanu, from Thailand, and she was very sweet. She’s going for her LL.M. which is a legal master’s. Bachelor’s is to Master’s as JD is to LL.M. She already went through law school, and now is in the States getting her LL.M. in American Law. That’s a WHOLE lot of time in school. Anyways, the class was great. I wasn’t “on-call”, which was such a relief. The first guy that was on-call did SUCH a great job, actually. I’m sure he was nervous, and he didn’t have all the answers, but he was pretty well composed, which is impressive, seeing as he was the first person on-call in our entire section, ever. The next girl who was on-call didn’t do as great. She had some trouble understanding his questions, I think. But, I figure the Socratic method is all about engaging both of these types of people and everyone in between. It’s effective. I feel like I’m better prepared to be on-call now that I’ve seen it done.
Our study of Contract Law begins with remedies for breach of contract. Now, that’s a little strange because we don’t even know what a contract is, yet. But, apparently, it makes more sense this way. I’ll trust the legal education experts on this one. If someone breaches a contract, they are most usually liable for damages, meaning they are responsible for a monetary sum to be paid to the promisee. There are three main methods by which damages for breach of contract are measured: expectation interest, reliance interest, and restitution interest. I won’t get into the details because it probably doesn’t matter to you (unless you want to, then by all mean drop me a message). But, that’s what we learned today! And it was very interesting.
Plus, we read a case for today called Hawkins v. McGee, a famous contracts case that most 1L students read. It was also featured in the scene of a movie depicting 1L year called The Paper Chase. Hence the name of my Facebook album, for those of you who are curious.
Next was lunch time, followed by Torts, with Professor Fleming. A tort, generally, is basically any harmful or offensive action that one person does to another person and is prosecuted civilly. Today, we discussed the torts of battery and negligence. This professor has a bit of a different style. Instead of randomly calling on students each meeting, he has a panel system. Basically, I’m on a list with five or six other people and we are a panel. There are five other panels. We rotate through each class meeting which panel will be on-call. So, basically, I know all the exact dates that I’ll be on-call and with whom. This is nice so we can get together beforehand and discuss the cases that are assigned for that day.
After Torts was dinner and some time in the library, followed by Legal Writing. Legal Writing is a once a week class, taught by an active legal professional and a BU alumnus. Each section has a different instructor. Legal writing is going to be very different than what I’m used to. In undergrad, as a political science major, I wrote a lot, and I wrote well. I became very good at critical writing and breaking down and tearing apart arguments, and making arguments of my own. I developed a style that was intellectual, flowing, and yet fairly concise. Legal writing is very different. Legal writing is all about brevity and clarity. Granted, all writing is about those two things, ultimately. But legal writing eliminates the frills and the poetry and the aroma. And that’s fine. I can do that. It will be a different kind of challenge for me to have to write only what’s necessary, in a clear, concise way. But, I think I’ll like it.
And now I’m home! And not ONLY am I home, but I’m home in my own room! Say ‘goodbye’ to the common room with an air mattress and ‘hello’ to a big girl bed, a closet, a desk, and an accent wall, among other lovely features, And not only am I home in a fully furnished, private room, but I came home today to an amazing care package from the folks at the Law Office of James L. Riotto, where I interned senior year. How incredible is that!
In conclusion, it was an amazing day, and I think it’s going to be an even more amazing, one might say, ‘ever better,’ three years.
When I was trying to quit smoking
and we drank white wine from Mason jars,
you called my freckles cocoa powder
and I called your green eyes
I am learning how to be a grown-up
who pays bills, cooks her own meals,
and doesn’t cry at words like
I think I just want to be friends.
The truth is this:
Love is an organic thing.
It rots and softens.
V1) Last night you came to visit me/ while I was fast asleep/ thought it was so crazy, ‘cause/ I haven’t thought about you in days/ nowadays those days are good/ deep in my heart, I know I should/ try to forget you, and I would/ if only I knew how/ but, now/
Chorus) At least the dreams are happy/ full of sweet memories/ and cute exaggerations of a/ pre-teenager’s fantasies/ since I used to wake up crying/ ‘cause I missed you so/ it’s nice of you to come back home/
V2) Thinking back, it’s all a blur/ because I’m not quite sure/ exactly what it means/ or where to go from here/ I guess I’ll accept it as/ a little reminder that/ when I think about you and get sad/ I should crack a smile somehow/ ‘cause now/
V3) All your idiosyncrasies/ and your bad examples/ and your wise-ass jokes that always made me laugh/ they all mean so much to mean/ you hate it when I ramble/ but, it was nice to have you back/
© Copyright Jaclyn Marie Reinhart
Lyrics and Melody by Jaclyn Reinhart, July 7, 2014
V1) Six long months of winter/ freezing me to the bone/ now, the sun is breaking/ trying to break through the cold/ but, that doesn’t help me/ I’m still sitting here alone/ desperately wishing and praying/ you’ll pick up the phone/
Chorus 1) Call me from London/ tell me you miss me/ say you’re excited to see me soon/ write me from Paris/ it’s overrated/ tell me that you’d rather spend June with me/ summer in an unknown city/
Call me from Cairo/ say it’s breathtaking/ but something’s missing, don’t know why/ write me from Roma/ tell me it’s beautiful/ but, you’d rather spend July with me/ summer in an unknown city/
Bridge) Just when I think the wait is over/ you’re gone again/ it never gets any easier/ do you remember when/ we thought that there’d be a time/ when we wouldn’t have to say goodbye?/ Until then…
Chorus 2) Call me from Sydney/ say it hasn’t changed/ and I’ve got to return, I must/ write me about all/ of your adventures/ but how you’d rather spend August with me/ summer in an unknown city/
V2) Time and time again I/ have been picturing you here/ bringing warmth and sunshine/ but, then your face disappears/ don’t think I can handle/ having to wait three more years/ let’s take the summer/ spend it together, my dear/
Chorus 3) Call me from London/ tell me you miss me/ say you’re excited to see me soon/ write me from Paris/ it’s overrated/ tell me that you’d rather spend June with me…
Call me from Cairo/ say it’s breathtaking/ but something’s missing, don’t know why/ write me from Roma/ tell me it’s beautiful/ but, you’d rather spend July with me…
Call me from Sydney/ say it hasn’t changed/ and I’ve got to return, I must/ write me about all/ of your adventures/ but how you’d rather spend August with me/ summer in an unknown city/
© Copyright Jaclyn Marie Reinhart
Lyric and Melody by Jaclyn Reinhart, June 9, 2014
Been really into this song lately, so there’s that.
I’ll check it out, sure!
Thanks, but it’s not intended to be offensive. I feel like too much political correctness has a tendency to stifle honesty, and I’m not all about that life.
Hey! I met him while I was studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. He was working on his Master’s degree while I was there for the semester. I was incredibly hesitant about long distance because I knew it would be hard, but decided to give it a shot. And I was right. It’s really hard. But, we Skype nearly everyday and we keep in touch with text messages and things, so we’re super up to date on each other’s lives. I guess we make it work through love and trust, as cheesy as that sounds. We can both still live our own separate lives while having each other as our respective support systems. It’s tough, but it really works for both of us right now. Thanks so much for your interest and your kind words!
V1) Maybe I’m not/ the hero you expected/ and maybe I’m not/ the girl you hoped I’d be/ maybe it’s time/ for us to resurrect this/ and you’ll learn a lesson/ in humility/ because right now I’m here and/ I won’t let/ anything stand in my way/
Chorus) You should assemble/ all your shields and swords/ because a battle’s raging on/ as your commander/ I promise to lead you towards/ a better tomorrow and victory/ til I’m gone/ til I’m gone/
V2) Are you afraid/ that I can’t pull the trigger?/ Or is it the way/ my hips sway when I move?/ I understand/ you have your reservations/ my only wish/ is that you speak the truth/ because I won’t apologize/ for moving forward/ above and beyond/
V3) You can look around and think that/ I’m leading us down/ a crooked, bumpy, fiery path to hell/ but I’m here for a reason/ trust in me and you’ll see it/ stand united with me/ and listen to me well/
© Copyright Jaclyn Marie Reinhart
Lyric and Melody by Jaclyn Reinhart, April 22, 2014