"Some Pig"

If you read any of those law student blogs (there's a bunch of them in my blogroll if you're having trouble finding one), you know that law school can be boring. And, if you're a lawyer who went to law school say, more than 5 years ago, you may not be aware of how technology has changed how students deal with boredom.

My first year of law school, I don't think that we had internet access in most of the classrooms. By the second year, we definitely did, but by then I only took classes I was interested in (that means, mostly only classes that I could see as being applicable to criminal defense), so I either didn't bring my laptop or wasn't that bored. By second and third year, I was also in a lot more small classes and clinic type classes that didn't allow me to hide behind a laptop.

But, first year, I was bored, I had my laptop, and I didn't have internet access. Like the rest of my class, I resorted to endless hours of computer games. My favorite was Snood. And, if you'll allow me to brag just a little, I was good at it.

I'll never forget, that one day after Con Law, when some guy came up to me and said, "Hey, I saw the way you play Snood. You're real good." I finally knew what it would have felt like to be the star of the basketball team.

Another fun thing to do, especially in Civ Pro, which was at the end of the day, when Snood exhaustion took hold, was to paint. Paint is free software that comes with almost every computer, so there's nothing to download. And you can really let your creativity run free. There's nothing you can't do.

I liked to pretend I was the court sketch artist of the classroom, and draw little classroom scenes. Usually with things like "Kiss Ass" written over gunners' heads, that sort of thing.

Sometimes I'd just draw random things. Landscapes, Animals.

Ah, those were the days. When we law students thought we had it so bad. But for months out of the year, we just played computer gams. And then, I'd go home for lunch and take a nap. Aaaah.

What made me just remember all of that?

Oh, I know. Just like I'll always remember the props I recieved for my mad Snood skillz, I'll always remember when a girl who sat behind me in Civ Pro.

"I just wanted to say that I really like all of your drawings. Anyway, I noticed that pig you drew today. I don't know if you know this, but you can tell a lot about a person by the way they draw a pig. That long curly tail you drew? It means you have a great sex life."

"Oh, um, okay." That was really all I could say.

Now you can draw your own pig here, whether you're a law student or not. (Link via The Happy Feminist.)

(Title thanks to Charlotte. And her web.)


  1. Ah, Civ Pro. It's amazing I didn't fail. I used to hold trivia tournaments for my neighbors. I'd type questions on my laptop in a big font, and everyone would write down their answers. At the end of class, I'd add up their scores and announce the winner.

  2. We used to play a game where we would bet on how many minutes it would take each of the various gunners to raise their hands and ask a totally unnecessary and ridiculous question -- winner got a latte and there was at least four or five opportunities to win in any given class. Good times.

  3. So, are you going to post some of this artwork or what?

  4. I did my best internet gaming in Tax class third year. I only took it because it was a bar subject, and ended up increasing my spades rating substantially.

    First year we had a contest similar to energy's gunners, although there were no lattes involved, and we, not so nicely, referred to the gunners as "hand jobs".

  5. I graduated from law school in '95. Oh what I would have done for some computerized distractions in a few of my snore classes! You young 'uns got it so good! ;)

  6. I always got stuck in the row behind people who really SUCKED at Snood. You know, the ones who never awakened to the concept that you have to seed the really good spots so that when they drop, it makes your meter go down.

    Fools, all of them.

    They were the same folks who played one-suit Spider Solitaire clean through into third year. Pansies.

  7. Ha! Those people were so frustrating! I always felt like maybe I should hold a little tutorial or something...

    On the other hand, there was this one girl who totally rocked the expert level of minesweeper. I can't even touch minesweeper. My mind just doesn't work that way somehow.

    Ah, the things we learn in law school.

  8. By my second semester of second year, we had wireless access in all of our classrooms. So we would talk to each other via AIM during class, making fun of classmates, and a few times, especially in fed tax, feeding each other the answers to questions.