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Archive for October, 2009

law student meets halloween

Posted by newlawmom on October 27, 2009

I don’t need a costume. Simply go another few days without finding time for a haircut and my frazzled look will match the cartoon depictions of electrocution. In other words, I’ve been a little busy and have not been prioritizing my time very well. My children don’t have halloween costumes yet. I really do need a haircut. I need to take ten minutes to take the old nail polish off my own fingers. That is pathetic. They say that in 1L, they scare you to death and in 2L they work you to death. So far, that seems to be accurate.  Do I have anything positive to say? Yes I do. I love law school. I’m having a good time. I’m working hard. I’m doing my share to contribute to the community and to the school, and in the end, I am happy even if I don’t have time to breath. I hope all my readers are having a great week.


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All half-ass or half not done?

Posted by newlawmom on October 22, 2009

This week was all half-ass, and I hate it. I hate that I did it. I hate that I had to. And I hate that the only other choice I had was to choose. From my perspective, there was nothing on my list that I could choose to not do. So it all got done bad.

So now I choose. I have exactly one weekend to get something done right. (That needs to happen in between an entire day devoted to negotiation and half a day devoted to a charity event that is, like I said, not a choice.) So I have half a weekend to get something done right. As of now, there are two things on my list. My defense clinic and my research assistant work. Because there is nothing more embarrassing than turning in half-ass junk. So wish me luck. I’ll write again when I can.

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Posted by newlawmom on October 19, 2009

Defined as the inexplicable physical state of the world as experienced by law students in mid-October. The resulting belief that doom is imminent if one does not miraculously find more time in a day to master the overwhelming quantity of legal information swimming in one’s head. AKA my life. Which has less to do with mastering the material and more to do with finding the time to complete the pure quantity of work that awaits me. I hope all my readers are having a splendid start to their week. I’ll write again soon. (PS, yes, I did make the moot court team, and I am happy about it.)

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Mid-semester 2L

Posted by newlawmom on October 15, 2009

I can’t believe the semester is half over already. I’m really having a much better time this year than I did last. I am enjoying myself, completing the work, and feeling generally competent in an honest way. Last year was more like “I’m going to do my best here come hell or high water.” And hell came, and I survived it. In retrospect, 1L was tough. It was humbling to say the least. But I made it through, scholarship intact, to go another round. I am SO happy I did. I love law school. So…here is the schedule for the coming weekend: Tonight I’m going out to buy a new notebook. Then it’s home to work on Tax. I’m going to school tomorrow to practice for the upcoming ABA Negotiation competition. In the afternoon and evening I will work on Criminal Procedure. Saturday is Evidence, and Sunday I need to write a paper. As far as classes go, it will be some reading, but mostly working on outlines and reviewing supplements. That I have found time to get the outlines done and read supplements is really a far cry from last year. I hope it pays off for me this time around.

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Midweek Madness

Posted by newlawmom on October 13, 2009

What’s that you say? It’s only Tuesday? Today I arrived at school earlier than I ever have.  I was surprised to see how many people were already there. Apparently what was a very early morning for me is normal for most others. I heard a rumor today that many students at my school abuse Ritalin and Adderal during exam season. I have my doubts, but I am sure I would be the last to know. In some ways, I am oblivious to the obvious. The National Jurist reports on student cheating in the current edition. Again, I have my doubts. I prefer to believe that the large majority of law students are honest and fair in academia as well as in the other aspects of their lives. I really do believe that practicing law is a noble profession and that most people practicing law have integrity.  Cheating would never enter my mind, and that is the truth. If there are students at my school who cheat, I feel sorry for them. Genuine compassion. But I don’t think so. Here’s to truth and justice . . . Have a great day.

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Happiness is….

Posted by newlawmom on October 11, 2009

sitting at home on a Sunday night knowing that all my work is done for tomorrow.  Playing Monopoly with a nine year old. Cruising around town in a mint condition Firehawk looking at fall leaves. Having comfortable shoes on. Having all three of my children home for the weekend. Forgetting, even briefly, that money is tight. And………the best news of the week, making it to the final round of moot court! Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Posted by newlawmom on October 7, 2009

Other people are noticing a transformation, and I suppose I feel it just a little. I am, believe it or not, becoming more lawyer-like by the day. For this week, that means I am balancing one hundred things fairly successfully and not feeling too stressed about it.  Happy things are happening in my world. #1. I made it to the semi-final round of the moot court competition and have relatively high hopes for taking it all the way to the final round. #2. My 1L memo is being nominated by my prof. for some type of award #3. A fundraiser that I was in charge of made about three times as much as I expected #4. I am preparing for the ABA negotiation competition which I will be competing in during November. #5. My law school clinic is the most awesome class in the entire realm of law school. So, that is my happy update of the day. I hope my readers are having a great week. I’ll write again soon.

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Can I add some hours to this day?

Posted by newlawmom on October 4, 2009

Please? Another ten hours would give me enough time to finish my work. If I can have twelve, I would spend the extra two outside in the sun (which set far too soon for me). I worked hard today. I worked hard yesterday. And I don’t mind working hard. I even like the work. But I really don’t have enough time left to finish it, and that is frustrating. I have two papers due on Tuesday. One is half-written, one isn’t even started. I also have reading for two classes tomorrow that I haven’t gotten to yet. My clinic involves tremendous amounts of work. I have in front of me a 200 page transcript, a warrant application, an autopsy report, and the transcript of a motion hearing. This is practice for the real case. I have spent my entire weekend on this case and am struggling to write a statement of facts in the client’s favor. I love the work. I really do. It kills me to need to put it down unfinished. But alas, I must move on to class reading for tomorrow or I will soon regret it. 2L is much less anxiety inducing than the first year was. It is more enjoyable. The work is more meaningful. But the workload is, without a doubt, more strenuous and time intensive. I hope my readers enjoyed their weekend. I enjoyed mine. But I really do wish it lasted longer. I’ll write again later in the week.

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Posted by newlawmom on October 2, 2009

So…I decided it was in my interest to apologize to the Prof. from yesterday. And I was right. Because he was also sorry. It seems he did not see my note until after class was over. So at least I don’t have to spend the rest of the semester feeling hated. We are back on track. Still, I will never go to that class feeling unprepared again.

Today was a very nice day. I went to a conference on ethics, the law, and medicine. It was awesome. I got to meet lots of attorneys and had time to sit with a few over lunch. It was a great networking opportunity and I am glad I went. I think I will make it a point to go to more of these types of events. I am taking the evening off and will spend all weekend on school work. The boys will go with their dad for the day on Saturday. Sunday will be more difficult, but I will manage. I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will write again on Monday.

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Moment of frustration

Posted by newlawmom on October 1, 2009

I wasn’t feeling well today, not even a little. I went to school knowing that I could submit notes in both my classes requesting a pass for the day. Just say I’m not prepared and viola. Truth is, I was a little bit prepared. I just didn’t feel well. So I turned in the notes. The first class went fine. No problem. SECOND CLASS????? Not so much. Why would you call on a person who gave you the note when you said people could turn in a note? Just let me know if you are not prepared. I knew the answer to the question asked but did not know the name of the case. And I said “that is why I gave you the note”.  Probably not my smartest move. I can be a bitch. I don’t mean to be a bitch. But please. I am not two.  So that, my friends, was my day.

I have a busy weekend ahead of me. I did not make Mock Trial. I have higher hopes for Moot Court. Wish me luck.

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