It is no secret that Orlando is the most visited place for thrilling theme park vacations, but what about theme park vacations for law school students? I love taking a sanity (or is it insanity) break to go visit Central Florida’s I-4 theme park corridor. Ask anyone of my former law school compatriots and the will tell you where I could be found during the weekend. With Sea World, Universal Orlando, and Disney World right down the street, you can’t blame me.
A law school student’s theme park experience is different than that of a layperson. Tort, copyright, and trademark law concepts are everywhere in an amusement park. From the very moment you purchase a ticket and step through the turnstiles, the legal mind takes over. Contract language can be found on the back of the ticket as well as some ramblings about tort liability. If being beaten over the head with law before you even enter the park wasn’t enough, wait until you take in the sights.
People bumping into each other, the fellow next you who decided that today would be the day that he would toss caution (and his body odor) to the wind by not using deodorant. You wish to yourself that someone could find a law suit where the court found for the plaintiff in regard to the defendant being liable for intentional infliction emotional distress because he purposefully wanted to stink all day long. The longer you stand in line behind “Pit Stains McGee” the more you find yourself gagging at the smell. Maybe if you were to get sick to your stomach and the “Pit Stains” forgot about deodorant in the Orlando heat you might be able to recover for negligent infliction of emotional distress…sure its a long shot, but its something to think about while in line.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
With the new theme park area open at Universal Orlando, the law student mind wanders through all sorts of legal nightmares. Take for instance the new and not so new rides. No matter how great a theme park ride may be, there are always technical problems, new rides included. Your law student mind may wonder just how much you can recover if a mechanic were to forget to make an inspection causing you to be injured.
In the Entertainment Law issue spotting realm, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the jackpot for copyright, trademark, and performance rights guild issues.
The legal mind knows no bounds
At the end of the day, the pact you made not to talk about the law or law school seems like a joke. No matter how many occasions you enter into that agreement you never keep it. The legal mind adds an increasingly entertaining value to theme parks though- whether it be based upon paranoia caused by a negligence case you remember reading, issue spotting liabilities in the park, or issue spotting the way some park guests dress and behave- it always makes for an enjoyable day at Orlando theme parks for a law student.