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22nd-Nov-2007 08:25 am
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
Being excessively fond of simplification (as a result of having to deal with too many complexities in the course of work), I might like to say that the practice of law as imagined by the mass media is along the lines of, “SCREW THE RULES, I HAVE MONEY!” to which the response should be, “SCREW THE MONEY, WE HAVE RULES!”*

(incidentally, the Seto Kaiba icon I’m using has two names, firstly, OBJECTION!; and secondly, “Seto Kaiba: Domino City’s Ultimate Drama Queen”).

If I stay awake for four more hours (as of 8am), I will have been awake for 48 hours on five hours of sleep. Such are the necessities of exam season, of which I can safely say this of my revision: I am so dead I wonder why I bothered being born. When you’ve been awake for as long as I have (and been studying) the smallest things start seeming incredibly funny to you (apparently this also happens if you’ve been staying in the office past midnight). I was reading my Wills and Probate Manual when I started laughing at this paragraph (and naturally decided to inflict it upon all of you):

Probate and Administration concerns matters taking place after death. That does not mean it is deadly dull. It can give rise to very stimulating, very challenging situations. You will realise this once you are in practice. When a person dies, he leaves behind property^. How the legal personal representatives look after the deceased’s property is what probate and administration is all about.”

I believe that bolded part right there is the very heart of the paragraph. It is probably the effect of too many statutes and not enough sleep, but I find it hilarious that the whole reason we are expected to find that Probate is exciting is that dead people leave property behind. There was also this wonderful line that stated, in effect, "Please take thorough instructions from your client, because dead people can't instruct you." [original quote: "Once the testator is dead, he cannot say what the document is."]

The golden thread that runs through the web of the Criminal Law is said to be the principle that a man is innocent until he is proven guilty. If that is so, I’d like to think that the golden thread that runs through the web of the law as a whole is faith in justice. When all’s said and done, isn’t justice simply doing the right thing+?

Rather than think of law as a web (which always brings to my mind the image of Justice as a giant spider spinning that web and waiting for the unwary to walk into it), I’d like to think of law as a vast puzzle, with its individual principles and cases and truths all but individual, separate pieces of that great puzzle. It is not so much a puzzle that will never be completed, but rather a puzzle whose face and shape never stops changing, through time and through the different people whose hands it passes through, who shape and change the law in ways which they may not even begin to imagine. Maybe the reason the law looks different to everyone (is it selfish? unjust? kind? Wedded to practicality?) Is it is that we’re all holding on to different pieces of the puzzle, or we’ve not found the ones that would help us make sense of the whole.

All my rambling is starting to make me think of the phrase in vino veritas - in wine, there is truth (ie. get someone drunk enough, and they’ll start confessing. Don’t see why, really – wouldn’t alcohol as easily remove someone’s inhibitions from telling the truth as it would their inhibitions from lying?). I’d like to believe in lex veritas - in law, there is truth.

*too much YGO Abridged, I know, I know.

^ emphasis all utterly and entirely mine, my apologies to the eminent authors of our Manuals.

+ Naturally it is not and never all that simple, but it is half-past eight in the morning and the last meal I had was some thirteen hours ago. At these times you learn to appreciate the simple virtues of K I S S: Keep It Simple, Solicitor.

ETA WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE in our Family Law questions? Every paper has a question in which a divorcing couple is clearly named and patterned after famous couples: we've had Scarlett and Rhett, Tom and Nicole... Oh, I bet this year, it's going to be BRITNEY AND KEVIN.

ETA: or Brad and Angelina! With all their four children! Adopted, natural, etc. And their IMMENSE ASSETS!

Okay, writing this has made me that much more awake and able to go on a little bit more! Thanks a billion to llamrei and my lovely friend H for being such wonderful companions through this LONG AND ENDLESS NIGHT. ♥!
22nd-Nov-2007 12:51 am (UTC)
...you need more sleep. D8 h-How do you study with so few hours of sleep?! I mean, I can't get anything into my head if I'm sleepy.
22nd-Nov-2007 01:25 am (UTC)
XD I do it on FEAR AND ADRENALINE AND FANDOM: the three most effective drugs known to, well, me. ;) I drink only water and eat... not much at all.
22nd-Nov-2007 04:17 am (UTC)
Sounds scarily like me except for the fact that I completely broke down this morning after 30+ hours of non-sleep and apparently lost about three hours. T____T
22nd-Nov-2007 01:20 am (UTC)
I promise a longer comment when I'm more awake (and a reply to your facebook message) - but sweetie, what are you doing not sleeping for 48 hours?! You need more sleep! *pokes*

Although... I think I've said this everytime you've had exams. ^^;;;;
22nd-Nov-2007 01:27 am (UTC)
♥ ILU NIISAN. ♥! OH OH OH one of my past-year exam questions has a SGT. ZACK running around investigating offences in it. I LAUGH SO HARD AND THINK OF FF7. ;)

♥ Hee ♥ I do my best to remain constantly inconsistent in my sleeping hours! :)
22nd-Nov-2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Oh man... I can so see Zack doing something like that. = = And causing absolute mayhem while doing it. FF7!Pink Panther!

Heh. I wish you were inconsistently consistent with your sleeping hours instead. :D
25th-Nov-2007 02:25 pm (UTC) - OH OH I WANTED TO SHOW YOU THIS:


T-T all I want to do when I am studying sometimes is SLEEP AND SLEEP AND SLEEP... WHY MUST I BE CONSCIOUS... XD
22nd-Nov-2007 01:31 am (UTC)
*giggle* You sound JUST like my sister---her speciality for the past 25 years has been estate law, just like Dad (he was also heavily involved in patent law.)

I've always thought that Sheldon Sands would be a fantastic way to force confessions...but it might be hard to bring the remains to trial. LOL!

Hang in there, luv. And when you need a good laugh, read Dickens' Our Mutual Friend just to see how far the law has progressed (or not!) *wink*
22nd-Nov-2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Well, that explains why you were spamming my comments. XD GO TO BED? GET FOOD? D:

22nd-Nov-2007 03:59 am (UTC) - please do whatever works for you, but don't overdo it!
ETA WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE in our Family Law questions? Every paper has a question in which a divorcing couple is clearly named and patterned after famous couples: we've had Scarlett and Rhett, Tom and Nicole... Oh, I bet this year, it's going to be BRITNEY AND KEVIN.

Or Ryan and Reese. Or Jessica and Nick. Or Michelle and Heath... You are not allowed to die, I want to see what this year's is! And you know you love law. ♥
22nd-Nov-2007 04:20 am (UTC)

I won't tell you to go to bed coz I wouldn't voluntarily either, but do take some kind of nourishment besides water - I think I was dizzy this morning because I hadn't really eaten anything for the past two days except for one cup of noodles.
22nd-Nov-2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Ok you two are just scary. Reminds me of my roommate, who used to survive on sugar overdose M&Ms and Sprite during exam time.
22nd-Nov-2007 04:28 am (UTC)
So what does it say about me that the line cracked me up even when I'm not sleep-deprived??

SCREW THE MONEY WE HAVE RULES cracked me up way too much too. Tiiime for some cold medicine.
22nd-Nov-2007 05:06 am (UTC) - Good Morning, Princess. XD
About the in vino veritas, we had a case in Forensic Science about this murderer getting off the hook, and then getting drunk at the nil-conviction party after the hearing and TELLING A REPORTER HE KILLED THE GUY. >.> And the reporter was made to promise NOT to tell till after the murderer's death many years later. =___= Just proves the statement. =___=;;

ALSO! I thought law was kind of like a web, just make sure not to get your foot stuck in one of the loopholes in the contracts. =___= But now that you've put it that way, that sounds way more logical than the web. WHY does it look like EVERYONE is trying to trick you into doing something? /law as a web, and giant Spider named JUSTICE. XD

LOL. You should have more sleep, love. AND I SHOULD START CRAMMING FOR MINE. XD Just that I'm not sure how much the cramming's going to help when the paper seems like it's a mad dash for time, and the winner'll be the person-with-the-fastest-and-most-legible-handwriting.

22nd-Nov-2007 11:02 am (UTC)
Hee! I am so glad this is your last year... *huggles!* I already know you'll do great. I don't even need to tell you good luck anymore. ;)

I also totally know what it's like when everything becomes HILARIOUS because of your lack of sleep. Just remember breaking down is sort of the next step? GO TO SLEEP AND AVOID THIS PLZ.

I had more to say, but the thought of the BIRTHDAY PARTY that awaits me at work has left my brain NUMB AND IN DENIAL. *sobs!* PLEASE HIDE ME SOMEWHERE. PLEASE.
22nd-Nov-2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
Dead people leave property behind?! OMG! That'll make the headlines at the Daily Prophet, that will!


But seriously... You take care of yourself dearie. *hugs*
25th-Nov-2007 11:30 am (UTC)
I love how YGO influence your life so much <3
25th-Nov-2007 02:42 pm (UTC) - ILU for giving me the chance to use this icon (which I uploaded especially for you) XDDDD
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