Sunday, March 26, 2006

Who are these people?

In PC, you live on the second floor with a rental house at the library's Westlaw printer ('cause Lexis sucks, er, has fewer headnotes and doesn't always include motions for rehearing). Because of that, you rarely see the other 350 or so students at the law school. What's new, though, is that there are now students, specifically the 1Qs and some of the 3Qs, that I have never seen before in my life. I mean, it's one thing to not know someone. I don't know many of the fall starters, but I at least saw a healthy amount of them while I was waiting outside of T&E and BizOrg this fall. But it's strange to walk down to the lounge to shotgun a Dr. Pepper before PR and not recognize any of the faces of the folks carrying around the RSK and the red Property book.

That's when it dawned on me. We're now "those guys." Those upperclassmen who the majority of the law school have already consigned to graduation and unknowability. When we were first-years, we only saw them in Law League basketball (to shameful results) and the errant night at Cricket's when one of them (sometimes married, sometimes "just engaged") would try and poach our womenfolk. Now, we are in perhaps the only part of law school that feels real, to us, and yet it's not our law school anymore. It belongs to them--the 5Qs and under, who will form the majority in Law League sports, in law school activities, and hell, who already have a cottage industry of blogger-historians going. Complete with villain, of course.

And so where does that leave us? Should we even try to get to know any of the little kids? What would be the point? Or should we just stick to what (and whom) we know until graduation, be it in the summer or the fall? I guess it doesn't really matter, either way.

Our married guys seem fairly upright, so I guess that answers that.