Archive for May 23rd, 2005

If you are in college and want to go to law school, major in business. I know, I know, most people think you should major in political science or whatever, and having not majored in political science I guess I don’t really know what I’m talking about, but even so, I recommend majoring in business.

Majoring in business forced me to take classes that I didn’t enjoy much, and never would have taken if they weren’t requirements. And although I took these classes a long time ago, they still have an ENORMOUS impact on my understanding of every day problems in the legal world.

The legal world is laced with things like accounting, insurance, finance, real estate, and economics, and it has been invaluable in my limited experience to have an understanding of these issues.

I don’t think that the terry college of business necessarily taught me invaluable skills, but it at least introduced me to concepts and terms and ideas that are difficult to grasp, and it is nice to at least be vaguely familiar with a difficult concept when you run into it in the real world.

But then again, don’t listen to me, major in whatever makes you happy.  You can learn those terms later.

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Depositions are fun.  Well, fun is a strong word, but interesting.      It is very rare that you get 5-10 people into one room and watch a question and answer session between two individuals while it is tape recorded. Unless of course you go to a lot of depositions. Maybe that is the definition of a deposition – 5-10 people, one room, question and answer session, tape recording.     The tape recording is very complex – involving microphones and an individual with a mouthpiece, who is the court reporter. The court reporter talks into the mouthpiece and repeats everything that is uttered by both sides of the table and takes notes (at least I think that is what was going on).     I had a friend a few years ago that was dating an attorney – my friend was a clerk at the law firm where this attorney worked. And the attorney used to have some sort of past with one a particular court reporter – he had taken her out on a date or something, before he met my friend. Well, my friend the clerk would get kind of paranoid and bothered by her attorney using this particular court reporter – really more irritated than anything. (There is really no point to this story, other than that this is what was going on in my mind during the deposition).

Gosh, I wish I had saved some of those sandwiches from lunch.  I wonder if there are any cookies left?

I think depositions are the reason that people don’t like attorneys – because attorneys talk a different language than regular people and so attorney #1 can say something that makes no sense to a regular individual – but that makes total sense to another attorney. But the attorney is going to object to things as a regular guy would understand things, not the way the attorney would understand things.

Attorney #1 is trying to make the person being deposed say something very particular, and Attorney #2 is trying to keep the person being deposed from saying whatever it is that Attorney #1 wants him to say through objections that are very possibly lost on the person being deposed. So you end up having the same question rephrased quite a few times.

It is all very technical, and there seems to be a lot of room for error. But basically it is a whole other language and the regular person who is being deposed ends up feeling rather confused and left out, and we all hate to feel like that.

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Could someone please teach me how to put on mascara without getting it all over my face or potentially putting my eye out?

I know that it is unacceptable to be a 24 year old female and still struggle with this simple hand-eye skill, but I must confess it is a talent I have yet to master.

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