An unlikely comparison: Prince and Professor Adam Gearey
When Prince released his song “Joy in Repetition” in 1990 (as the eighth track on his twelfth album Graffiti Bridge) he could have scarcely imagined that some 25 years later it would come to directly influence the CLRI (Common Law Reasoning and Institutions) presentations by our very own Professor Adam Gearey. It is a song about a song; and deals with his experience of walking into (one presumes an imaginary but does it matter) uber-trendy night club on New York’s 36th to experience a band performing a song called “Soul Psychodelicide”. The song is a “year long and had been playing for months” and is no more lyrically complicated than two words, and there she was up on the mike:
... this woman he had never noticed before he lost himself in the Articulated manner in which she said them. These two words; a little bit behind the beat
So over and over, she said the words til he could take no more, (no more)
It’s alluringly simple three chord structure draws you into the song’s perfect logic and before you know where you are you are equally mesmerised; sharing the same quasi-hypnotic state that one presumes our wandering Purple Prince intended you to feel.
How on earth does that relate to our venerable studies of the Common Law and its even more venerable Institutions and how possibly am I/can one connect that with one of Professor Gearey’s presentations? But there it is Chapter 5 at exactly 4 minutes and 11 seconds; and I quote:
“practice; that’s the secret…doing it over and over and over again”
For as long as i can remember; and I guess to a degree that distinguished me (in all its good and bad) from some other students at school or university I have loved to study. Not just as a means to an end but as a process in its own right; but it is perhaps only recently that I have began to examine that opening statement in any great detail and through that hopefully in today’s blog (as I sit at my desk on a rainy Shanghai afternoon) throw some light as to why that might be; and hopefully through that understanding shed some light on the all important aspect of any exam related studies: recall.
I have decided to write a post on the applicability of the knowledge you get while studying at UOL LLB in real life.
I have to repeat that I am lawyer already and work as such but I do not have a QLD in the English law and I am studying for this degree in order to understand and apply English contract law solutions for my current project, where many contracts are generated on a daily basis and almost all of them are, by the selection of the parties, governed by the substantive laws of England.
As I wrote before, my studies got a bit overextended due to my own poor time-management skills. However, even being not so productive as required by the study plan, I gained some knowledge of the English law of contracts, enough to understand the basics and to help the business I am employed by.
LLB Alumni: Mary Catherine Murray speaks about her experiences of studying through the University of London External System and offers tips to those considering to pursue a law degree through distance learning.
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