The semester starts here on October 1 and runs through February. Weirdly the semester runs STRAIGHT through Christmas. Don't believe me? Here's the December, 2013 University of Ljubljana schedule:
I am super psyched to have school back in session. There was a great energy here in August with tourists buzzing around and daily festivals, and then it got a little quieter in September. With the students back in town the buzz is back, and even better with that special university town energy. Here's students milling in the hallway and flowing out of the law school for lunch yesterday:
I am teaching Comparative Law, with a focus on the American system. I actually know quite a bit about one of those topics, and I'm working actively on the other! I have ~30 students, all in their last year or two of law school. They have me in a really nice Seminar room. Here's the view of the blackboard and the seats:
Still, I'm endeavoring to recreate an American experience, with more or less success. I told the students that I was planning on being extra-American as part of the comparative law experience, threatening to "turn my American right up to 11." Unsurprisingly no one got my idiomatic reference to a movie from 20 years ago, but I assume that is all part of the Ben Barton comparative law experience.
I think most of the senior people here lecture only, and sometimes for as long as three continuous hours, so I think my sheer weirdness and interactivity will please at least some of the students. When I worry that I'm going to bomb I remember the statue of Martin Pegius, who was a legal scholar in the 16th century, that sits outside the law school:
I did a lot of the usual goofy stuff I do in the US, including letting the students vote on policies and procedures and having them introduce themselves and explain why they were taking the class (which I always do in seminars, which this sort of is). There are no official photos of the students, so I actually took a picture of each of them so I can try to memorize their names. Here's the model picture of me, actually mid-teaching: