Friday, November 14, 2008

Internet and Computer Fun at Law School

I have shared some of my stresses and frustrations as they occur here at school. But let me tell you some of the fun the students have to keep us sane and make the experience fun for all of us. I will do my best to describe these stories because they were fun for us and made us laugh. The fear is that they are moments you had to be there for to fully enjoy. All of these stories generally consist of using the computer and internet, so enjoy!

First, since we have internet access during class, you know most of us do a little surfing while the professor is talking. Don't judge us because you know you would be doing it to if you were sitting in a law class. A friend of mine was having problems with a virus on his computer and on this particular day he couldn't get the internet browser to pull up on his computer. He tapped me on the shoulder and said, "hey, I can't get the internet pull up" and points to his computer, clicks the icon, and looks at me and gives me the look that speaks for itself, "see"? It was all I could do not to bust up laughing in class because as he looks back at his computer screen to see a porn site pulled up on his screen. He was so shocked and surprised, it took him forever to finally get the web browser shut down. It turns out the specific virus he had would change his home page setting every time he opened up the internet. This time it happened to be a nude site right in the middle of Torts.

Next, in my property class, we are in stadium style seating and can see what the people below us are looking at. Two rows in front of me a girl always looks at pictures of puppies, kittens, and other cuddly animals. For the first time the other day, she pulls up a live web cam of a kennel of puppies. A puppy cam if you will. Because of the live action, her computer drew a lot of attention in class. My friend leaned over to me and said, "7...there are 7 puppies in the kennel". As the class period continued along, the number dropped to 4 and then to 2 puppies by the end of the class. We made random jokes about puppy mills (which may seem insensitive) but it helps make property class bearable. And today she was back just looking at photos which is still entertaining for those sitting behind her. Maybe that girl should be a veterinarian instead of a lawyer.

MSN Messenger can be a lifesaver, or, it can be a way of almost getting in trouble in class. It can help because if you are stuck on an answer in class, friends can get the answer to you so you can shoot it back to the professor. When class is boring and it is hard to pay attention, friends can start having smaller conversations on the side. A quick side not here too, the only thing that sometimes gets you through reading one more court case is that the facts (story) behind the case are funny. One day in CivPro, a friend sitting next to me and I started a conversation about some of the funnier facts of a case. A guy was injured at work causing "swan neck deformaties" of the fingers. As part of the individuals claim, he stated that he was no longer desirable to the ladies. We started making jokes about 100 lbs. Cambodian man with swan neck deformaties that loves the ladies! I guess you had to be there, but we almost lost it in class in front of the teacher.

These are just a few of the things that students do on the internet. Who would have thought your future attorney could be so distracted?


Sodermoto said...

I know that Attys after school love the internet too. I check in boxes at least 2-3 times a week from a particular attorney that loves So I don't think it goes away with time either! :)

Jake Taylor said...

That's hilarious! At least you don't lose your sense of humor when you go to law school. At least you have an outlet to help you get through those long classes.