Issue 2, Volume 17
I want to preface this article by saying that I’m only writing it because I am being very politely blackmailed by a DeMinimis editor that I have never met.
You see, it all started about 34 minutes ago. It was (and still is) a sunny Sunday afternoon. My phone chimes to the sound of a new message and I rejoice as for once it’s not Dominos telling me I can get 20% off their entire value range if I enter in the code words ‘processed meats’.
It’s my friend Ila. She’s in charge of layout for the DeMin team. On Friday, I had submitted a short advert about upcoming auditions for this year’s Law Revue. Much to my dismay however, Ila was messaging to tell me NO NO NO NO NO! Can you believe it? According to her secret and mysterious editor man- all adverts published in DeMin must be accompanied by an actual article that someone has actually written that some people might actually read. Very. Annoying. Indeed.
So here we are. 181 words in. I suspect there’s a few hundred to go to make for an acceptable submission. With this in mind I suppose it’s worth circling back and throwing in something about the benefits of getting involved at MLS.
I’m a second year. This means, unlike all you new first years, I know absolutely everything about everything. Except contracts. I know less than 50% about contracts. Anyway, I do 100% know that MLS is a weird place. It’s like high school except it takes more than having your Ps to be accepted as a ‘chiller’ (the ultimate compliment in south Brisbane circa 2012).
I spent my undergrad south of the Yarra and hadn’t really considered the possibility of the JD until late 2018. I didn’t know what to expect when I rocked up on my first day. To be honest, it wasn’t that memorable a day. I know this because I don’t remember it. All I remember was that I had water in my ears from swimming the day prior and couldn’t hear a word anyone was saying. I was c00l.
What I quickly realised in my first week however, was that this degree wasn’t going to be much like my undergrad. Where previously I had occasionally showed up to class and cringed at the thought of extra-circulars, it quickly became apparent that such indifference wasn’t going to get me far at MLS.
People were excited to be here. They were passionate about law and weren’t ashamed to let their nerd flags fly. They were excited about mooting and witness examination and first year co-opt positions.
When my friend Andrew asked me to join his mooting team I said yes. 80% because I had thought of a good name for our team and 20% because I was unknowingly catching that extra-circulars bug. It was fun and exciting to wear a suit and play pretend in the moot court. When he then told me about Law Revue auditions I was in too deep already. It was like an episode of ‘Saved by the Bell’ (I’ve never seen that show but I assume they get involved).
I went along and sold my soul to sketch comedy. It felt pretty gross at first. Playing improv games where I had to be an egg with a Scottish accent (‘Scotch Egg’ haha comedy gold) undermined the very essence of my ‘cool girl’ image. Luckily, after a few rehearsals I remembered that I had never been a convincing ‘cool girl’. At best, I had been a chiller for a brief moment in 2012. Either way, once I let those insecurities go and decided to just enjoy myself, I found that being a part of the law revue cast and a bunch of MLS extra-curriculars was actually super fun.
If you’re a first year and you don’t quite know what to do with yourself yet, just sign up to a bunch of stuff you don’t know much about and completely over-commit yourself. Seriously, It’ll be fine, just do it.
Now finally, on to the only reason I wrote this whole thing (grrrr editor man):
Please come and join our Law Revue auditions this weekend. Saturday and Sunday sessions are open- 1pm and 3pm in Room 221. It’s a great way to meet new people and relax in the most non-law way at law school. No acting or writing experience is necessary, we just want YOU!
**send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or queries or any accessibility needs**
Darcy Powell is a second year JD student.