Posts tagged ‘intellectual property’

May 21, 2012

How long has it been since I graduated, exactly?

8 days, 22 hours, 36 minutes, 26 seconds. Exactly. This is how much time has passed since I graduated from law school. And you know, the feeling of finally being done with school is incredible. And by incredible, I mean that this is the first time in about 23 years that I can finally relax, because I don’t have some impending deadline hanging over my head. ┬áThere is nothing to be learned from a textbook or professor, and there is nothing that I absolutely have to do.

Except pass the bar exam and get a job.

Reflecting on the past three years, I realize that a lot has changed. I started out as a DJ/undergraduate student who became interested in copyright to a law student. I focused heavily on intellectual property in law school, and I can tick off the four factors of fair use without thinking about it (hint: they have nothing to do with the literal definition of fair). At the same time, I took consciousness expanding classes in areas like critical race theory, and social movements, which will definitely help me bring a broader persecutive to everything I do. Law school wasn’t necessarily a bad experience, and I’m sure I’ll explain more about how it could change as time passes. But I grew as a person, and learned a lot about myself and the world around me. And now, I only have to use all of this new knowledge to carve out a life of my own post-school.

Which brings me to the why of this blog. I’m writing this because, for the first time in my life, I’m finally on my own. I can’t fall back on the well-worn disclaimer, “I’m a student!” I am finally, finally free to chart a course for my life and follow it through. Not that going to school wasn’t a part of my voyage, it was. But it was more like going to class to learn how to read a map rather than being on the seas reading a map in the middle of a storm. And writing this blog will help me to keep clear on what I’m doing and why, but maybe, I will write about some event and you will say, “Ah ha! Now I have an idea of how to handle that situation.” Or, “Ahhh…I will be sure to avoid making that mistake.” You may plan to attend law school (good luck with your cycle), or currently attend law school. If so, I hope I can shed at least some light on what it is like out on the high seas.

So, this will be all about my progression from quasi-professional to professional. Experiences both excellent and less than stellar are sure to happen, and I’ll share them as they occur. Maybe I’ll end up working nights so I can study for the bar exam during the day. Maybe I’ll say screw it all and go back to performing as a DJ. Maybe I’ll say to hell with it and move to a non-extradition country where I can grow a cash crop and live on the beach. And maybe I’ll end up working at a law firm here in Seattle. Who knows?! Still, there is no doubt in my mind that this journey will be interesting and exciting.

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