It’s been a long time since I’ve written about law school and my courses. Well, I think it’s about time I get back to it.
Last year, around the time that I started my first year of law school, I had the ambitious project to compile my notes into posts. I had two purposes in this: first, I wanted to share the information I was learning with everyone here on Steemit. Second, by compiling my lessons into posts, I was going to help myself recall and solidify the information. This was going to be a study tool for me.
Unfortunately, as I found out after the first week, I had no way at all to make that happen. When I wasn’t drowning in my school work and reading, I was drowning in taking care of Kate. And when neither of those were sapping my will to live, I was trying to keep myself emotionally stable after a particularly painful divorce. All of this combined into me disappearing almost completely from Steemit.
But you know what? This year is going to be different.
I’ve got Chelsea here to help me out around the house, and my workload for my classes is dramatically less than it was last year. That means more time for me to share what I’m learning on Steemit in a structured (and hopefully useful) way.
These are the topics I’m going to be covering this semester:
Criminal Procedure – Criminal procedure covers the rules of court that must be observed by the state when pursuing a criminal case against a defendant. For this course, I’m going to be focusing primarily on the protections and prohibitions on government action imposed by the Constitution of the United States.
Family Law – Family law covers a wide array of topics all relating to the disposition of formal relationships between people. This course is going to cover topics ranging from premarital agreements to custody arrangements. There may well be some topics that it won’t cover in depth, but I’m open to looking into questions that anyone may have.
First Amendment and Individual Rights – This is the second half of Constitutional Law. This course focuses on the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution, how they are interpreted, and where government has the ability to act.
Evidence – The Federal Rules of Evidence are the rules that govern what is considered evidence in a civil or criminal trial, how information offered at trial can be offered into evidence, and what objections can and should be raised by the respective parties to a trial on evidentiary grounds. This course is going to cover the substantive rules that a lawyer must know to effectively present a case.
Jurisprudence – Jurisprudence is better known as the philosophy or theory of law. Discussion of what law is and why individuals have a duty to obey the law fall under jurisprudence. This course is my rigorous writing class, so I won’t have a structured curriculum to follow, but I will be posting notes and sections of my own jurisprudence writing for everyone to peruse and look through. I’d also like to open posts on this topic up for discussion.