Just when I thought studying law could not possibly be any more fun (the high point of my week being a 3-hour Land Law exam [OK, that was a lie…]) what should cross my screen but…
Case law in emoticons!
I have to admit, I am a late adopter of emoticons. I tend to communicate information, not emotions – I’ve just about got to grips with the use of clots of punctuation to form little smiley faces. But case law in emoticons (@emoticoncaselaw on Twitter) is definitely a reason to figure out how to do little picture icon thingies.
To take the case of Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company  EWCA Civ 1, which is a stirring tale of influenza, Big Pharma, advertising, money, lies, and the devotion of a solicitor-husband. The official citation:  EWCA Civ 1 hardly does justice to the drama and excitement of the case.
A silent film conveys the pathos of Mrs Carlill’s situation much better – but requires a cast of actors and an orchestra (somewhat problematic, especially in a law exam).
Emoticons, however, combine narrative and efficiency in one neat package:
And what’s more, you can do it with felt tips.
I shall borrow my husband’s pens in time for Public, Contract and Tort exams next week. 😀