Monday, November 12, 2007
Con Law Doesn't Suck
Loads of law students have blogged their hate for Con Law (the study of the Constitution, not the study of criminals for the uninitiated) but - I don't get it. Maybe it's because I've just enrolled in my fourth Con Law class, but more likely it's because I have an intense, burning need to understand it all: individual rights and how courts have determined that the right to privacy applies to marriage and contraceptives, but not to poor people who tell state welfare workers "no, you cannot come into my home." The obvious answer is the composition of the court at the time the issue is being decided. I know this, but a boxy, legal answer doesn't help that woman who lost her welfare benefits. To put it bluntly: that sucks. And I, a thinking woman, cannot sit idly by and while millions of people have their rights trampled upon. So I will take as many Con Law classes as I can until I understand all the legal arguments, can wield them well, and destroy the hegemony that oppresses so many. A lofty goal, I know but, jeezus, it's why I came to law school in the first place.