So, I’m three weeks into law school, and it’s awesome. I love it.

However, it’s incredibly intense, and I wish I had any context to explain it to people, especially those who didn’t go to graduate school of any type. It’s a completely different beast than undergraduate. 

My beliefs about how I think the law does work and should work are questioned. For the first time, as an in depth study, I’m contemplating why society punishes criminals, whether people should be sued for something, the difference between moral and legal responsibility and how much I think my personal morality or anyone else’s should be carried over into the law.

There are a lot of legal questions about morality that I’ve dodged by taking them out of their moral context — like the death penalty. For years, I’ve thought the death penalty costs too much money, which is why we shouldn’t have it. But do I believe that it’s “cruel and unusual punishment” or that we have a right to execute criminals? Do I believe it actually deters people? And this is one of my easier questions.

One of the things that they don’t tell you about law school is that it’s designed to strip you down intellectually and build back you up to a new place. At least once a week, I walk out of Criminal Law feeling uncomfortable.  How my professor teaches that class challenges some base notion that I hold about criminal law I didn’t know I believed. I’m slowly starting to see both sides of the issue, more instinctively than before. If you knew me five years ago, you know that once I decided I was right and you were wrong. Maybe I’m maturing, maybe I’m rounding out, or maybe I’m regressing. I’m hoping for maturity, but I suppose anything’s possible.

Anyway, one of the things that everyone in the law school tells the students is that to keep our sanity we have to continue doing activities we loved before we started law school. So, back to the booze, the bar, and the blog. I realized today that I’ve been writing for almost two years. For those of you who have been reading the entire time, I want to thank you for putting up with me with my highs, lows, constant postings, and huge gaps in time. Many of you have sent me drink recipes and have really encouraged me to keep at this. I hope it’s been as rewarding for you to read as it has been for me to write.

I know you’re not here for me, but for the drinks, so let’s do it.

Lemon Chocolate Martini

So, I wrote the entire blog first only to discover whatever I was drinking last night wasn’t real. I made up some terrible drink that bastardized three different martini recipes across two different pages from this drink book I was using. This is what I remember putting in it, though:

2 oz Citrus Vodka

1 oz Creme de Cacao

Juice of one (1) lemon

It pays to reread the directions.



This drink sounds much better what it is. I made one apiece for Mary and I, and we dumped them out. It is not a far stretch for me to believe that chocolate and lemon go together. This is not the drink, which is too bad. It was a waste of such perfectly good alcohol. I believe that chocolate and lemon could go well together, especially as a cocktail. If anyone has any suggestions, leave a comment. Understand though, after this drink, I’m going to be incredibly skeptical.


Normally, I would put the cost. But it was so gross and so bad that I’m not going to put the costs for fear that any of you might buy the ingredients and taste this yourself.

Hopefully, next time I’ll have a better cocktail. Until then, happy and safe drinking.