Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Training Ethical Lawyers?

Last final - today - 24 hour take-home - done tomorrow.

Am I happy or what? Not so happy about the exam, but happy that the end is so close I can taste it! I feel somewhat prepared for the test. I am not sure how prepared one can feel for an exam in a class where we read over 1000 pages. Public Lands - open notes, closed book. Odd right?

Here's an interesting topic - honesty. In my naivete, and dedication to the honor code, I just believe everyone will follow the rules and not open their book. Wife thinks I am cute to be so trusting, but that I am out of my mind and will be competing with those who are cheating. She points out that lawyers are not exactly known for their trustworthiness. I suppose that is true. We talked about how people will justify it to themselves - those extra few points on an exam score might put them right over the line to get a scholarship or win a job interview so they can pay back their student loans....blah, blah, blah. I feel like we are at a really ethical institution preparing very ethical lawyers, but maybe I really am terribly naive. Ultimately, I can only control my own behavior and do what I know is right for me.

I know what is right for me now is a vacation!!!! *grin* I need info on cheap flights to Disneyland! I also need to stumble upon a few extra thousand dollars to pay for such a vacation.....Maybe I will just be satisfied with some tropical drinks and T-ball in the backyard with the wife and kids :)

7 comments:

Lynilu said...

Dakota, I admire your honesty and ethics. I would guess that some will cheat, but Like you, I would not. I'd trust you as my lawyer any day. :)

Lynilu said...

BTW, good luck!

Audra said...

That is great that you have such integrity. Dylan has similar issues with her classmates.

I bet a disney vacation would be fabulous for you guys! I vote is you guys go! :)

Casey said...

Audra, I vote we go too. It's just that darn financial part that kills the deal. *sigh* Maybe in a few more years.

On another note: I want to believe people are trustworthy and ethical but....well..not everyone is. And sadly, no area or institiuation is exempt from that. Sad, but true.

Mimi said...

Hope the test went well...can't wait til your all done with school......

Patti said...

I am like you, naieve or not I just believe in people. Quit laughihng, I know I come across as a cynical bitch but i'm really kinda nice. Shhhhh... it's a secret so don't tell!

Dakota said...

Thanks to you all for the well wishes, and confidence in my integrity. I like that there really are so many of us that are honest. Like attracts like, yes?