07
Oct 2010

“I spent the next hour or so laughing and singing and gibbering away on the roof of Yale Law School. I found several feet of loose telephone wire up there, and made myself a kind of belt.”

The memoir The Centre Cannot Hold charts the life of Professor Elyn Saks, a professor of law and psychiatry at the Southern California Gould School of Law who suffers the most debilitating form of schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia has controlled Saks since she was 8 years old when houses began talking to her and controlling her thoughts. From Oxford to Yale Law School to her tenure as a law school professor, living a normal life was not possible. Even writing a simple case memo (in Australia, a case note) would send her into a full-blown schizophrenic attack that left her singing on the rooftop of the library, “Come to the Florida lemon tree! Come to Florida sunshine bush! Where are my lemons?”

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06
Oct 2010

So with the end of the world (aka my thesis due date) looming, I’ve found that every distraction that exists seems to be coming my way. Since writing my last diary post I’ve had my wisdom teeth out, helped my boyfriend move house and endured the flu. The good news is that a rough draft has been completed. The bad news is that it’s a very rough draft.

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28
Sep 2010

While the PVA glue on your creative Marque Lawyers clerkship application was still drying, Managing Partner Michael Bradley chatted with Survive Law about his reputation as a maverick, breaking the traditional law firm mold and why he asked hopeful summer clerks to get creative. 

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15
Sep 2010

If you’re still in the running for a summer clerkship, congratulations and good luck. If you didn’t get a clerkship, don’t worry - everything will work out okay.

In post-clerkship disappointment mode you’ll probably spend a while telling yourself that you suck. You probably won’t believe me right now, but not getting a clerkship doesn’t mean that you will never be happy ever again. True story.

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07
Sep 2010

Maybe it's because law lecturers read too many convoluted judgments, but chances are you’re going to come across a few tricky assignment questions during your time at uni.

Sometimes they’re not tough because of the level of analysis that is expected, but because you’re not even sure what the assignment is asking. The question may as well be written in hieroglyphs for all the sense you can make of it. Here are some tips for deciphering your assignment question…

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06
Sep 2010

There’s less than two months until my research thesis is due and I don’t think I’ve ever stressed about an assignment this far ahead of the due date. Then again, I’ve never done a research thesis before. I’ve also never spent so much time in the library before.

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