July 2008

Bar Exam in Four Days: What Will I Do Without Her?


The bar exam is just four days away. I foresee one tiny problem…

I’ve been studying at the Barnes & Noble, every day, next to this lady who wears the same black and white dress every day and talks nonstop. At first it was annoying as hell, and I’d move away from her…but little by little, I’ve gotten used to her (usually socialist) nonstop blabber. Now I wonder whether I’ll be able to focus during the real exam without it.

Sample Bar Exam Question: Funny Porn Movie Title Edition


The bar exam is in just five days. I’m reviewing dozens, sometimes hundreds, of multiple-choice questions every day. Now, for those of you who have no idea what a bar exam multiple-choice question looks like, I figured I might share one with you.

Illinois Bar Exam: The Insane Baby Problem

The Illinois Bar exam is in exactly one week. I don’t feel like I’m prepared—let alone feeling like I’m close to prepared—but I’m told that this is normal.

The subjects are all merging together; I can’t remember which subject I was studying yesterday morning. I think it was Conflict of Laws, but it could have been Family Law. Either way, I remember learning about what to do in the case of an “insane baby.” Mind you, I don’t remember WHAT you do when you have an “insane baby,” I just remember learning that this is an actual legal predicament.

Fifty Dollars and Time Served


I watch Night Court on TV Land. At three in the morning.

(For those of you younger readers, “Night Court” [1984-1992] is a sitcom about a young, idealistic, unconventional judge [played by Harry Anderson] who sentences flamboyant hookers in short skirts “fifty dollars and time served.”)

Lawyer Boy Book Reading Pics

Thanks so much to all who came out to the Lawyer Boy book reading/signing/magic show this week—all 130 (!) of you. Several people have told me that the inscriptions I wrote in their books were illegible.

I have awful handwriting. I get it.

So…in case you were one of those people who got an illegible message, here were some of the more popular ones I wrote. See if the message in your book could be one of these:


“Enjoy the book!”

It's Kind of Like The Sixth Sense, Only Instead of Seeing Dead People, I See Lawsuits Waiting To Happen


The Bar Exam is in two weeks (!) and this week I began to re-study torts. (For all you non-lawyers, a “tort” is a wrong for which the law provides a remedy). This was my best subject in law school, so I don’t think I’ll spend too much time on it. I don’t know why, but torts come naturally to me. Which is why part of me can’t help but feel that I was born to sue people. Sometimes I kind of feel like the sixth sense kid, only instead of seeing dead people, I see lawsuits waiting to happen.

Society's Stance on Crying Babies in Fancy Restaurants


Last night I was getting lots of studying done (torts, commercial paper, secured transactions) at the Peninsula hotel. And then this baby showed up. Accompanied by parents, of course.

The baby cried for an hour straight, and I wish I were exaggerating.

The State of My Apartment

RickLax.com isn’t just about fun and games, it also serves to inform my mom about the state of my Chicago apartment.  And the state of my apartment is messy.  Here are some photos I took earlier today:  

Skepticism at the Bookstore


Today I studied for three hours at the Gold Coast Barnes & Noble. Around hour two, I took a break and asked one of the store workers whether I could sign the in-store LAWYER BOY copies. (I’m told that authors do this.)

“This one is your book?” the store clerk asked.


“Can I see some identification?”

“You’re joking me.”

“I’m not joking you; I have to see identification.”

“There’s a picture of me in the jacket flap.”