May. 18th, 2007

No thanks to the cats, I got a shitty night's sleep last night. One of them running back and forth across the bed, the other one relentlessly pulling at my hair (thank you, Hermione). I fell asleep again, finally, right before my alarm went off. I was in the middle of a dream - one of those real life dreams - in it I had fallen asleep with headphones on. As a result, I didn't wake up to my any of my alarms or my mom calling. So, I woke up at 9:45 (questions sent at 9:00). Yeah, didn't generate warm and fuzzy feelings.

Fuck I'm tired. This should go real well.

Oh wait. Wendy would be disappointed. I mean . . .

I am a genius. I know everything there is to know about law, legal mobilization, judicial behavior, rights analysis, interbranch interactions, and so on.

I do. Really, I do.
Well, aside from the fact that I will very likely have a parking ticket when I leave here, I'm all set up at Remedy Teas.

Now to wait.

And try not to think about how tired I am.

6 minutes
I don't know why I feel like sharing, but my primary field exam:

Instructions: The examinee is required to answer Question #1 and any two of the other three following questions (#2-4); each of the three essay answers will count equally in evaluation of the exam. Essays should aim to develop a coherent, systematic theoretical argument in response to each question that both surveys the relevant scholarly literature and provides copious evidence/examples for the argued position. The examinee should take no more than nine hours to finish the exam, and the answers should be returned by email to Susanne Recordon and McCann. The total exam (all three answers) should be no longer than 25 double-spaced pages (12 font). Good luck!

1. (Required.) What is law? Discuss at least three major traditions or frameworks for analyzing law, legal institutions, and legal practices. What are the key premises, implications, strengths, and weaknesses of these different approaches? Which approach do you find most compelling?

2. Many political scientists are interested in the relationship between legal action and social/political change. Discuss and assess different approaches to this topic.

3. How do judges decide? How have scholars understood and attempted to explain judicial behavior, decision-making, and policy-making? Discuss and assess approaches to understanding judicial decision making, highlighting some of the strengths and weaknesses of the various traditions. Is this an important question? Why or why not?

4. How do courts matter? Discuss the leading approaches to, and studies of, how courts matter – their impacts, effects – in political systems. Be sure to consider courts beyond the U.S. Supreme Court.

Good times. Off I go.
It's not going well.

That is all.



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