I'm a life long student.. I've been in school continuously.. usually 1 class at a time for most of the last 20 years.. I've also been engaged in a continuous \ self study regimen for over 20 years.. a couple of years ago, I took a full load of law classes for 2 full terms at Merritt College here in Oakland.. By the way, we have an excellent community college system here in the Bay Area.. back then it was only $20 per unit. I bought my books from Amazon.com.. I always by previous edition books, so I spent no more than 5 or 6 dollars per book.. anyway I had always been interested in the Law.. it started with Perry Mason.. then went on to every legal show you could think of.. anyway.. While taking these classes, I came to the realization that I had not really really understood history as well as I had imagined.. I discovered that a detailed understanding of the Law was a prerequisite to really getting a grip on history.. on our history, on Americas history.. on Brittish History.. etc.. When you read the caselaw and the legislation that codified our positions in society, it brings a new kind of sensibility.. a new sense of clarity that general ideas about the law cannot access.. I think you have to get down deep into the cases and the legislation to really understand how white supremacy works.. After this class, I started following and reading legislation.. printing out the bills and going through every word.. So, when I got to speak about No Child Left Behind at the school board meeting, I was not talking in general, I sudd enly had legs to stand on.. and I realized something shocking: They hadn't even read the legislation. The Adminstrators of the program had not even read the bill. Everyone was working off of a CNN snippet.. an oversimplified narrowed down version of what it was.. It was eye-openining... so, I said all that to say this: It's worth it, to spend some time getting up close and personal with the law.. take a class.. read a book.. and not just criminal law.. Tort Law.. Constitutional law.. Real Estate Law.. it's all worth your time..