Right. A Title Would Help, Wouldn't It?

Mar 11 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

There was a time when this was a science-type blog, written by someone on the path to a PhD in the sciences. Same blog. Same writer. But now it's starting to focus more on law, probably because I'm now in law school. The $10K question is why.

I love science. Did then, do now. As I write this, I'm multitasking my way through a real property class covering a topic that is increasingly making me consider the benefits communism would have to my personal sanity. So why am I sitting here in the classroom when I could be carrying fermenting banana mush around the Big Island.

Rest assured, the smell of rotting bananas is vastly preferable to the intricacies of the Rule Against Perpetuities.

Yet here I sit, wrestling with the Unborn Widow case, and a principle of law so complex that California has quite literally ruled that it's not malpractice if a lawyer screws up and writes a will or trust that inadvertently violates the rule.

(The professor just literally said to us, "I'm so sorry to have to teach you this.")

Why?

To start with, it turns out that despite my lifelong love for science, I do not have the mindset needed to be a good researcher. I can learn the material, and I can do the technical work, but I don't do well when I try to drill down to the pinpoint-sharp level of focus that a good researcher needs. I can see the forest, I can see the trees, I can see the branches. But focusing all the way down at the leaves is not my forte. I could probably do it if I have to, but I'd make myself miserable in the process, and probably those around me.

At the same time, I'm very interested in the broad questions, and especially the questions that relate to the intersection of Science, Policy, and Management. That got me interested in law school, as a way to make a difference in those areas in particular.

Right now, I honestly don't know if I'm going to stay focused in that particular area of law. The first year law school curriculum is broad, every part of it has interested me, and there are a lot of possibilities out there. We'll see how it goes over the next couple of years.

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