First Interview!!!

13 Feb

I know I haven’t updated here in a gazillion years.  Really, the only reason I’m back is to rejoice my first interview

I just got the email today – I danced around my apartment squealing like a little girl.

It’s set for this Friday during one of my classes… So that’s my one (two?) complaints – no warning, and during class.  No, I am not going to try and reschedule.  I want a job, and I want it yesterday.  I’m not going to risk someone telling me to forget it just because I’ll miss the last 20 minutes of class. They even acknowledged that it was during my class time, which means they didn’t really have another time.

Still, super excited! I almost want to go out to buy a new interview outfit (mainly because I’ll be wearing my suit 3 days in a row this week – Wednesday to meet my mentor, Thursday to go hear/meet our state supreme court, and then Friday for my interview).

So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like, I’m dancing! In my seat! Right this second!!!

 

 

Grades!

11 Jan

I did surprisingly well!

Research: A-
Civ Pro: A
Torts: A
Property: B+
Contracts: B

 

Based on my midterms, I expected to do best in Civ Pro and Torts. But after taking the finals, I expected to do horrible in Civ Pro (I didn’t entirely finish). I was entirely unsure for property and contracts, and I figured I’d get about a C+ or B- in Torts because I didn’t feel strongly about my answer, but figured I did know my stuff for the course.

So, now that first semester grades are in, I suppose I’ll be stressing over finding a job now!

 

 

Christmas Break

21 Dec

Well, my last final was Thursday.

It was such a sigh of relief to leave the building.  I nearly cried after I submitted my exam.

A group of girls and I went out for dinner and drinks. It was such a great time. Then I went out shopping Friday with a classmate, and Saturday I hit the bars with some old college friends. All-in-all, it was a great weekend!

 

Also, I have gotten one grade in: Research: A-

So, as of right now, I have a 4.0… lol, with a 2 credit hour class only.  =)

 

I can’t wait for the rest of my grades. Come on all As! (or at least As and Bs)

9 Hours Til Contracts…

12 Dec

… and I have lost all ability to even care anymore.

I have not studied enough for this final at all.  I never should have listened to people talk about how arbitrary my professor’s grading is, because now I have in my head, “well, what’s the point anyway?”

I have a basic understanding of the concepts of the course and a loose grasp on the little (but important) rules. I just drew an awesome flow chart for my analysis on any exam essay she hands out.

Now I guess my only option is to head to bed where I can snuggle up with my CrunchTime capsule summary and try to cram enough information into my brain to get a C (or an A.  A girl can dream!)

So Tired…

11 Dec

Okay, not physically because I’ve been getting enough sleep.

But brain-tired.  I can’t think anymore! I need finals to end, now!

 

Final #1 Down!

7 Dec

I had Civ Pro this morning at 9AM.  It was open book, open note.  The only restriction was that we couldn’t use a supplement. I’m pretty sure I used my outline as a crutch, but whatever – I liked having it (All 22 pages of it!)

I didn’t finish though.  I did the multiple choice first and then went to work on the essay.  I made sure to give myself more than the time he had suggested for it, but it didn’t help.  We had to analyze 6 issues and as I wrapped up the first one, I looked at the clock and saw I had only 40 minutes left.  I had spent 20 minutes on the first issue – so by my math, I needed about 120 minutes for the entire essay. No such luck!  I quickly typed in my best effort at an outline for every issue, and used to remaining 30 minutes to type out the paragraphs.

So when he grades my exam, he’ll get 35 decently answered multiple choice Qs. Then a 4 paragraph explanation of personal jurisdiction as it related to my fact pattern, followed by a 2 paragraph explanation of venue, then a 3 sentence talk on insufficiency of service, and so on until we have a bulleted outline of the last issue… It was pitiful

But most people said they had the same problem. So… I’m moving on. Property next!

Where Did This Semester Go?

2 Dec

So, today at about 11:30AM my Civil Procedure professor asked “So, any more questions?” and no one said anything so he released us.  And just like that, I shut-down my computer and walked out of the last regular class of my first semester of law school.

It’s insane to look back at my semester because it just feels like it was SO SHORT.  This has been a good semester – there’s a lot I regret, but also a lot I’m proud of.

– I can count the number of classes I’ve missed on one hand (no more, no less.  I’ve missed 3 Contracts classes, 1 Civ Pro, and 1 Property)

– I can count the number of times I’ve eaten out (and paid for it) on one hand

– I regularly completed assignments before the due date

– The ones I didn’t finish before they were due were still all at least 80% complete before the due date

– I got the equivalent of an A on two of my midterms! (but also the equivalent of a C on two…)

– I am cognizant that I’m making this list to avoid more studying/outlining and am thus going to stop

 

All-in-all, pretty successful semester.

Now I get to go absolutely insane preparing for finals and praying I do well.  Wish me luck!

Today Was Just What I Needed

28 Nov

It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to notice I’ve been a little down in the dumps lately.  I’ve been absent at best, and when I do post, it’s a short blurb about stress, finals, and other blah things.

Today started out like just another November day.  Actually, I would say worse than normal. I went to sleep last night at 6:00 AM (so I guess really this morning).  I woke up at 7:30 to a grey sky and a steady rain (where I live, that’s winter; in about a month or two, it’ll turn to freezing rain – all the nasty of winter, with none of the awesome). My dog is still sick (she has a cold that makes her sound like a little piglet when she’s sniffing around and a snoring man when she’s sitting calmly). I hadn’t done any of my reading for today.  Sound like a great start, yeah?

So what made today great?

First, when I arrived at school (with my disgusting re-microwaved coffee that I originally made at 4 am last night while studying) I found out that a lot of my classmates had squandered away their break as well.  As the guy sitting next to me said: “I spent all break forgetting everything we have learned.” I know it isn’t very nice of me to be happy my classmates are all behind on their personal study schedules, but I can’t help it.  I felt like such a slacker all break – I was sure everyone would be done with outlines and I would fail.  This sounds horrible, but as long as I’m on about the same level as everyone else, I won’t fail (because God made me a good test-taker, Thank you and Amen).

Then I was reminded that our Civil Procedure midterms had been graded and we could get our score.  I trudged along with my classmates to the office to see my exam score.  By this point, I had become accustomed to average (or slightly below) and was expecting below because I did dreadful on an entire essay question (to remind anyone who has forgotten, this was the take-home that had 2 essays, 5 short answer –paragraphs, not word/sentences — , and 6 multiple choice; mine ended up being 12 pages).

The average was 101

The range was 62-128

I get my exam and start flipping through it to find my cumulative score.  The first number I see is 44.  My heart sank – I thought that was my score! But then I realized that I had gotten 44/50 on essay 1.  Sweet. So I flip to Essay 2 – the one I was certain I would get only about 10 points on. 41! I was shocked.  I don’t know how I got a 41/50 on it, especially considering he circled my entire last paragraph and wrote “This doesn’t make sense,” but I was thrilled.

I ended up with a cumulative score of 125. Sweet! Good feedback in law school is so rare and so nice.

Then my gym buddy and I headed to our normal gym class to tone up our butts and guts (that’s the class name – the thing really works my thighs and hips most).  Afterwards she went to work ont he research project and I stayed to run on my own.  I’ve really come to look forward to my fitness classes, and although I hate running (alone), I love the endorphins.  Right now I’m swimming in them.

So yes, today was just what I needed.  I may still be horribly behind my own schedule and I may never really catch up, but I feel rejuvenated and happy right now. In this moment.  I’m going to savor it for as long as it’ll last!

 

17 days til finals end!

Procrastination

28 Nov

I’m still the queen of it.

 

And I kind of hate myself for it right now.  I’m currently trying to work on my Research project.  I’m not sure why I think I’m some sort of special snowflake, but when some of my classmates told me it took them forever to answer the first question, I decided in my head that it would take me less time… Yeah, that makes sense when it takes me hours to complete short essays… So I spent from around 10 pm til 3 am today working on my project and got about 3 questions done.

 

In other news, 18 days until my finals are over… Yay!

And, 9 day until my finals start… YIKES!

Thanksgiving “Break”

24 Nov

Any law student knows that Thanksgiving break is no break.  It’s just extra time to study and prep for finals.  After break ends, I have one more week of classes and then it’s finals.  That is terrifying to me, but…

I came home for Thanksgiving.  Last weekend, I hit a wall. I literally sat down and cried because I couldn’t do any more.  So you know what, when I left to come back and visit family, I put one book in my bag, and I don’t plan on actually reading it.

The trade-off:

Tomorrow, when my family drives up to my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, I’m driving separately.  I’m leaving from her house and driving back Thanksgiving night… I don’t know if I can do it. It’s going to be horrible… But I’ve had over a day now to pretend I’m a normal person.  I slept in, went Thanksgiving food shopping, watched a ton of TV, and didn’t even touch a book.  So I should be prepared to work come tomorrow night/Friday

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