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Orientation at the University of Houston Law School today

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First up – take a test. It was an evaluation of our writing proficiency, but still. It was very test-like and made law school feel that much more real and looming, which of course it is. Our first class is next tuesday.

By far the best part of orientation was getting to know the group of people I’ll be spending the next four years with. Great people and a really diverse and interesting group. We had a couple drinks with some 2Ls in the evening program at Little Woodrow’s afterwards and got the low down. Apparently the next month in particular is really gonna suck. Civil Procedure. Three hours a day, four days a week of “how a lawsuit or case may be commenced, what kind of service of process is required, the types of pleadings or statements of case, motions or applications, and orders allowed in civil cases, the timing and manner of depositions and discovery or disclosure, the conduct of trials, the process for judgment, various available remedies, and how the courts and clerks must function.” (wikipedia) And it’s taught by Ragazzo, who’s reputation was almost to a person some variant on the word “ass” – ranging from “hard-ass,” as in ‘I respect and fear his knowledge and abilities’ to the other end of the spectrum with “asshole,” as in I really, really fear his knowledge and abilities and also did not really enjoy the public humiliation I suffered as a result of his socratic method. Otherwise the consensus is that he is extremely proficient, fair, always means what he says and adheres to a no-nonsense grading system that can’t really be argued with.

Ragazzo actually came to one of my undergrad classes, Psychology & Law, to demonstrate the socratic method. Mark Yanis, who co-taught the course, was an appellate lawyer and UHLC alum and wanted to give us a taste of it since so many of us were interested in law school. We read and briefed a case and prepared for “the method.” I happened to be the first one he called on. Hopefully that will give me some sort of karmic immunity this time around. I have a funny feeling about that though. I answered his questions and he let me sit down with my dignity intact. I’m not expecting a repeat performance. He’s known for cutting you off two or three words into your first sentence if he thinks your going down the wrong path and demands that you be able to support your statements with authoritative attribution at all times. Fun fun fun. When I got home I had this in my inbox -

I can’t wait to learn about lawyerpults.

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