Last weekend I met up with a gorgeous friend I love to no end, but had to share her with a law student from the University of Canterbury. So I was frequently made known how inferior Otago was to Canterbury, reasons for which I didn’t really agree with (of course lolol!).
In particular, there’s no compulsary mooting programme at Canterbury. They understand not all lawyers are going to need this skill, and mooting is reduced to an optional sport. No pleas in mitigation in second year either, no playing pretend lawyer in the court rooms. None of this.
Despite how enticing this makes it to flee to Canterbury, I thought, it’ll be horrible, but it needs to be done. I get idealistic like this at times. You need to be thrown in it, come out better at the end. Even if it only means you now know that yes, you suck at debating. Will you get that at Canterbury? The shy ones won’t volunteer.
I’ve never debated and I’ve accepted I’ll probably never be a lawyer due to terrible people skills. Considering how much love I’ve got for law (even though second year is way sucky), it’s a heartbreaking thing. And because googling my full name brings you here, to would-be employees: There’s having faults. There’s also acknowledging them and trying to fix them. I think that makes you stronger than if you never had the problem in the first place. AND OTHER IDEALISTIC THINGS LIKE THIS, WHICH I’M NOT ENTIRELY SURE ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THIS SITE. I’M STILL COOL AND CYNICAL ALL THE TIME OKAY.
Still, I can compare how I was in high school to how I am now, and the future looks very exciting. Maybe there’s still hope. And this mooting thing, although insignificant in the grand scheme of things, I hope that it’ll all make me a little bit braver. So even if Canterbury’s wall planner is supposedly better than ours, yah, I’m proud to be going to Otago, and whiny students from other law schools aren’t changing that.