When I told my fifth year friends that I was taking 399, I did not understand the pitiful looks and “good luck’s” I received. I nodded my head and pretended I understood. This is the dreaded paper everyone talks about? Jokes on them, I actually like legal research, I thought to myself. For all the slanderous comments associated with the course, I brushed them off. What I did not count on was the sheer workload for the trail, which turned researching – something I love – into a painstakingly documented process. Never before had I had to note all the words I searched!
If there is one thing that I am grateful for, it is the fact that I went all LAW 399 classes, despite taking place at 9am in the morning. When I thought of beginning my research trail, I was not entirely sure where to find textbooks. However, ‘9am-Alert-Me’ had taken detailed noted throughout the coursebook, from which series are only in print (Halsbury’s Laws of England!), to the colour(s) of the volumes. Just knowing where the books are located in the Davis made me more confident in starting the research trail.
Similarly, I am glad that I had noted down the correct citation information as I was searching, rather than having to re-find all my sources after to cite them. This made the mechanical aspects of the trail so much smoother to handle. After years of essay writing, I finally had this skill mastered.
That being said, if I had to redo my entire research trail, I would allocate my words and time per jurisdiction more wisely. As I got onto my third jurisdiction, I frantically realised that I was running out of space to effectively research the United Kingdom because I had spent an excessive amount of time and words on researching New Zealand....
... middle of paper ...
That is not to say I did not acquire numerous other research skills during the LAW 399 research trail. I learnt that though I attempted to be systematic with my research and treat each jurisdiction as a separate entity, there are some overlaps. I found that I actually worked on all three jurisdictions at the same time, as one encyclopaedia would refer me to another jurisdiction’s cases.
In the end, despite how many days I spent isolated in the Davis Law Library, I can honestly say that I am resilient. Silence became my best friend, it had to for me to research and comprehend three jurisdiction’s laws. If anything, I now know the Davis Law Library intimately well. Was this research trail soul-crushing? A little. However, was its usefulness worth it? My inner perfectionist is glad for having completed the course, and the skills and knowledge I am taking away.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Self Reflection As athlete Pele quoted, “Success is not accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” This quote speaks to me because at the beginning of the semester, before I joined Ms Dubbe’s class, I had phobia for going to school, due to surviving bullying in high school. That incident took much from me and coming back to school after two years was a big step I was unsure of facing. I was scared of my worst nightmare prevailing.... [tags: Learning, Study skills, Homework, Writing]
721 words (2.1 pages)
- Self-Reflection The field of social work is one that requires much self-reflection on the part of the worker. In doing so, it helps the worker better understand his or her own emotions and the thought processes that these emotions come from. The goal of this paper is to provide my own self-reflection, relating it to my own emotional intelligence in the domains of relationships, tolerance, flexibility, self-management, and emotional awareness, and my future plans and goals in Widener University’s MSW program.... [tags: Emotion, Psychology, Social work, Feeling]
1200 words (3.4 pages)
- IV SELF-REFLECTION When I told my fifth year friends that I was taking 399, I did not understand the pitiful looks and “good luck’s” I received. I nodded my head and pretended I understood. This is the dreaded paper everyone talks about. Jokes on them, I actually like legal research, I thought to myself. For all the slanderous comments associated with the course, I brushed them off. What I did not count on was the sheer workload for the trail, which turned researching – something I love – into a painstakingly documented process.... [tags: Law, Common law, Research]
785 words (2.2 pages)
- Self reflection paper Family is a social unit of two or more person related by blood, marriage, or adoption and having a shared commitment to mutual relationship. Family is where everything starts. We get our sense of identity from our family, which is a strong agent of socialization. Family can contribute to make us or to break us, this is where we learn values that will shape our life. This is also where we learn to obey or reinforce the norms of society. In this essay, I will reflect on my family structure and experience and elaborate on how these experiences had a hug influence on my choices, values and personal goals.... [tags: Family, Marriage, Mother, Father]
1683 words (4.8 pages)
- 1. I had several early impressions of self. Occasionally I feel like I cannot control my words or actions as if they were out of my control. I believe this happens to everyone. For example, we do or say some words that we remorse. My assumption is we try to think before we speak, but that is not always the case. For the last several years, I have been trying to learn and take control of the event, and I failed so I blame myself. That causes me to have low self-esteem which usually puts me in a negative position.... [tags: Interpersonal relationship, Friendship, Love]
1132 words (3.2 pages)
- Infinite Minds, One Body: A Reflection on the Ever-Evolving Self Philosophers have been pondering the idea of personal identity for thousands of years. Yet there is no general consensus on what truly makes us who we are, be it a soul, the sum total of all our experiences, or something else. Personally, I would suggest socialization at home and at school has the greatest impact on personal identity. However, keep in mind that I do not have thousands of years of philosophical theory to aid my argument, only twenty years of life experience (the first few of which I had to spend in diapers).... [tags: Education, High school, Educational psychology]
944 words (2.7 pages)
- From the activity that we did at the beginning of the semester my top five values were happiness, personal development, self-respect, reflection and family. The first four has a lot to do with me working on myself and trying to make myself a better person with my full potential, and the last one was family. If I was told to do this activity about two years ago, family would have been first and the other four would probably not have been in my list of top ten at all. Lately, I have been trying to learn how to put myself first at times, and start to do things I enjoy while working on myself.... [tags: Leadership, Management, Servant leadership, Skill]
1964 words (5.6 pages)
- What I Learned “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” People go through their whole lives trying to figure out who they are, look for a sense of purpose or belonging, or attempt to discover the right path for them-self. The lucky ones have somehow found what ever it is they were looking for throughout their journey. They try to teach the people who are still looking how to find their way but often fail because it is not up to them where or how someone else should live their life.... [tags: Personal Narrative Self Assessment Reflection]
1643 words (4.7 pages)
- Personality is the expression of a person’s traits according to ones feelings, mentality and behavior. It involves understanding individuals’ traits such as withdrawal and willpower and how various parts of an individual link together to form personality. Personality expresses itself from within an individual and is comparatively regular throughout in an individual’s life. Different people have different personalities dependent on factors such as environment and genetic composition. Our personality is dependent on the success or failure of our development in the eight stages of life.... [tags: Personal Assessment]
1187 words (3.4 pages)
- Self-Assessment and Reflection In the last seven weeks, I had an opportunity to look back and analyze the events that has shaped my life. This was a unique experience where I was emotionally comfortable enough to look back at life. I was able to objectively revisit many events that were often buried and too painful to face. I was free from the turmoil of emotional fears of failure, anger, regret and loneliness, which often clouded my perception. . I was able to dwell on many pleasant and unpleasant events with more comfort and confidence.... [tags: Personal Writing Essays Papers]
1032 words (2.9 pages)
- The Importance Of Improving Our Curriculum On A Continuous Basis
- Transformational Leadership And Transactional Leadership
- Drug Experimentation Is A Widespread Problem Among The Youth Of Today
- Star Trek : The Voyage Home
- The Use Of Marijuana As Treatment For Health Illness
- Human Nature 's Influence On Our Ethics And Actions