Trials of an Event Law-aison

The trials of a second-year law student at the University of Alberta.

The first few weeks of Law School

Jonathan Ip - Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hello everybody and welcome to my blog! I'm currently a first-year law student at the University of Alberta and I've been an Events Liaison for SBN since the summer of 2009. Being a member of SBN has been a rewarding experience for me personally and professionally. I look forward to getting involved behind the scenes again this year while working with some really great people who are passionate about biotechnology.

It's been a really busy few weeks for me here in Edmonton with the myriad of orientations, getting adjusted to life in a new city, lectures, assigned readings...and believe me, there's a lot of reading to do. Some readings are actually quite interesting, such as the cases for Criminal Law and Contract Law. I never expected to be interested in Contract Law, but the prof has been very engaging. For another course, we were expected to go through the Constitution Acts in two days on top of our other readings, although I'm not sure how many people finished it!

Being from a science background, it definitely feels different to be studying the law. I don't remember the last time I read so many words in a span of two weeks, or at least that's what it feels like. Unlike most life science textbooks or journal articles there aren't many (if any) figures in the books I'm reading right now. The concepts are more "flexible," or "abstract" than what I'm used to. We spent a whole class and then some trying to define "tort law". Many other students are in the same boat though and have their own sets of challenges, since there's a good diversity of backgrounds in the class.

Occasionally I have some tidbits of science that I inject into my readings. For example, in my Legal Research and Writing textbook there's a problem solving technique called FILAC (Facts, Issues, Law, Analysis, Communication) which I somehow turned into SILAC (Stable Isotope Labeling by Amino acids in Cell culture), some cool thing I worked on at UBC.

So here I am, finishing up my third week at the U of A. School's been fun so far, but the work and events are really starting to pile up. More updates later!


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