I just hit my evidence reading for next week. And with that, we’re getting into very dangerous territory: hearsay. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of law school, in Evidence class, you literally learn the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE)–what can and cannot be admitted into a trial. After seeing rule 803 and it’s 2-dozen exceptions, I’m growing to loathe it more and more each and every passing week.
Why? I just can’t memorize like I used to. And I know what you’re thinking: “if you spent a little less time, Albert, whining about it here and studying a little harder, you’d be better off.” Yeah, I know. I tell my advisees that too. But since there are only 12 of you to commiserate with, I thought I’d be safe here in bringing my complaint. My complaint back is–if they’re posted places, why oh why do we have to memorize them???
Evidence is probably right up there with my least favorite classes in law school–Civ Pro. Vile. I loathe Civ Pro and Evidence for the same reasons: they’re both rule-based, and instead of focusing on substance, we fight instead about the rules themselves and the procedure. Ugh. Why am I taking it in the first place? Two words: The. Bar.
To my ex who said I’d make a great litigator, I say–you’re nuts (clearly in more ways than one, since you dated me in the first place). Not going to happen. Unless someone can come up with the Matrix upload on how to memorize the FREs like Trinity flying a helicopter—no dice.
OK – I feel better with my little rant. Thanks for listening. I’m headed back to the rules…albeit very reluctantly…