May 10, 2005

Unexpected Benefits of Bob Jones

by PG

I have a criminal law exam in 12 hours, and I came home three hours ago intending to go to sleep, but I can't. At the same time, I can't stand to look at my outline or hornbook again, so I'm killing time online and listening to the radio. If my third attempt at lying down and counting sheep doesn't work, I'm going to watch Whale Rider.

I've written before about the potential advantages of attending a religiously-oriented law school, insofar as such schools seem to place a much greater emphasis on integrating ethics into education. Now I wonder if a sectarian school whose dictates went beyond the classroom would be helpful.

Consider Bob Jones University, where I apparently would not be able to listen to any radio stations except those with news and classical (as even contemporary Christian music is prohibited at BJU); use my computer's DVD player; or even check my non-BJU email accounts. I wouldn't even be able to stay up late reading G.K. Chesterton, as all lights must be out at midnight.

Perhaps this sounds like a strict regime, but think of how much work these students must get done, and how much sleep they get! At least one procrastinating yet tired law student envies them. (Yes, I realize that I could live like this with a little self control, but if we all did what we ought through self control, we wouldn't need laws to protect "public morality." Also, as a hardcore papist, Chesterton probably wouldn't be recommended reading among evangelicals, fundamentalists and Baptists.)

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