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Posts Tagged ‘1L exams’

Last 1L exam

Posted by newlawmom on May 7, 2009

I made it!  My studying is over. Done. History. (no – not that – I can’t take any more learning this year). I haven’t allowed it to sink in yet. I have my last exam in the morning, then I’m taking off for the evening by myself to celebrate my accomplishments. I think it is probably going to take some time to get used to the idea that it’s actually over. My main goal is to avoid checking for grades until after memorial day. From tomorrow until Memorial Day I am taking a vacation. I can’t promise what type of updates this blog will get over the summer, but I suspect I will still post at least once or twice a week. It has become one part of my life that I actually enjoy. However, you will need to forgive me if I slack off. OK? I hope everyone has an awesome summer. The first year of law school is OVER! Imagine that.

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May 2009

Posted by newlawmom on May 1, 2009

I can’t believe it’s May already. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting in my first law school class and now I am less than one week away from being done. There are two exams left. Civ Pro went awesome today. I am extremely pleased with my performance. Of course, that may be meaningless if everyone else feels the same way. For today, I am happy. Con Law and Contracts remain. Con Law will be the bigger problem of the two, and Contracts is by far the more important. Unfortunately they fall relatively close together and I will not have adequate time to prepare for either. Study time this weekend starts at 1PM tomorrow and goes until midnight Sunday. Next exam is Monday. Lord help me. But that is only a week of May. The rest of the month is going to be awesome.

I will be going out this coming Friday to do a particular favorite activity all my by lonesome. That is my treat to myself for consistently doing my best this year. I will be picking my daughter up from her freshman year on Friday May 15. I can’t wait to have her here with me, and have great plans for days spent at the beach, shopping, a show or two, and plenty of Friday night movies. Either the week before she gets back or the week after I will be going away for two or three days with my honey, destination still to be determined. It doesn’t matter. It will be great to spend some time with him and I am really looking forward to it. Then, on Friday May 22, I start my summer job. So this month will bring big changes my way, and rather than being anxiety inducing, they are actually pleasant to think about. In other words, I must be doing something right. This is good to know. It will get me through the next few days and two more exams. I hope all my readers are as satisfied with their lives as I am with mine right now. Have a great weekend. I’ll be back either Sunday night or Monday with an update.

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spring

Posted by newlawmom on April 26, 2009

It was a beautiful weekend. It was so hard to stay inside and study, but I managed to put in a ten hour day both days. Property is coming along just fine.  I am currently in the process of re-reading the entire text. This is where I am grateful for the ability to read fast. Those minor details are easier to pick up the second time around. I’ll be back tomorrow night with the last property update. The exam is Tuesday. Wish me luck.

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Interview tomorrow

Posted by newlawmom on March 26, 2009

Yes. My first interview for a legal job. I am nervous but thinking it can’t be all that different from any other job interview, and I have had plenty of those. I will leave home too early, insuring I get there on time. Once I see where I am, I can just waste a little time before I park. From there, I will go directly to school. I have one class and a group study session and then it is time to go home. My weekend will be devoted to outlining, Week 1 = Contracts. Week 2 = Property Week 3 = Civil Procedure Week 4 = Con Law

While I am at school tomorrow I need to visit the bookstore and pick up something for Property.  Not sure what exactly, just an extra study guide for my closed book exam in that class. Con Law is last because I had a full outline prepared for my midterm and it requires less work than the others. Property will be my challenge class this exam season. I am feeling much better about Con Law and, as odd as it seems, both Civ Pro and Contracts seem easier this time around. I have old exams from every class. Not sure how I will use them yet, but I will find a way. Recognizing that I am near the end of this is proving to be very helpful. I hope everyone has a great day tomorrow. I will give you the interview update tomorrow night. Wish me luck!

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Ready, set, finish…

Posted by newlawmom on February 16, 2009

I’m in. The worst of my funk seems to be over and I am back on track.  For today it all seems very simple. Stick to it.  Read, read, and read some more. Absorb. Outline. Process. Very methodical, diligent preparation for the ultimate exam experience. Time management is the key and for today I’ve got it.  My to-do list for this week is detailed and all I need to do now is follow it. For today, that meant not coming here to blog until all the reading was done. And it is. I like to blog. And…read the news, check out facebook, read message boards, etc. Not good for the time management issues so it has been moved to the very end of my day. Which is ok. They say it takes 21 days to establish new habits. So count today as day 1. What I have done is build free time for myself into my schedule whether I have the time or not, because last week was really pretty bad. I don’t want to do that to myself again. I’ll be back tomorrow. I’m still not feeling super energetic, just controlled. When you all start to feel out of control, I hope you are able to rein it in at least as well as I have. Have a splendid day.

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1L winter break

Posted by newlawmom on December 29, 2008

Law school seems so far, far away right now.  My life right now doesn’t feel any different than it did in July before I started. I can sort of picture myself in school taking notes and scrambling to get the reading done. But it seems hard to believe that was me. Over the past few weeks it has occurred to me that I messed up my criminal law exam. I know for a fact that I missed things. Why I would have a picture perfect view of the correct answer a few weeks after taking the test without talking to anyone about it in the interim is a good question. One of the biggest problems for me in law school is the speed factor. I can read fast. But the best thinking doesn’t come instantly. I need time to reflect. Applying myself to the race that is law school is definately a challenge. I am not necessarily looking forward to going back.  I need to be in school for 9AM five days a week starting next Monday. Actually I need to arrive by 8:30 to be prepared for a 9AM class. Once per week I need to stay until 6PM. The other days I will be done by 2. Those who have been reading for awhile will know that I am NOT a morning person. Getting up to be in that early will be a struggle.  So….I have one week to go and for the most part, that will be devoted to my kids.

Tomorrow we are heading out to Chuckie Cheese with my sister and her kids. My kids are a bit old for this trip but being with the little ones makes it fun. On Wednesday, the boys are going out with their grandfather for the day and I will take my daughter out for lunch and some fun activity. Wednesday night I will be staying in with the kids, probably playing another game of Monopoly which is their recent favorite.  I hope all my readers have a lovely day and a great New Year. I’ll be back before the week is out.

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Torts exam

Posted by newlawmom on December 16, 2008

Well, I am studying for torts. Half studying, half procrastinating perhaps. I am frustrated. I know the material for this class. I also know that I am totally unprepared to write this exam in a cohesive way. His expectations are high and I am ill prepared to meet them. I loved this class and I will hate this exam. Just hate it. Maybe its because its the last one on my list, maybe because I feel overwhelmed with the time and money crunch that Christmas is. Who knows. But I sure hope I feel better about it tomorrow.  For today, I am calling it quits.

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Done with Crim

Posted by newlawmom on December 15, 2008

Torts will be the last exam, this Thursday. Today was Crim and it sucked big time. I hated Criminal Law. Hated every single minute of my time there. And I can only say that now, because it is over. I thought for sure that Criminal Law would be one of my favorite classes. Instead, I found it to be most aggravating, mostly because of the professor that I was unlucky enough to be assigned to. The man was out of his mind. His exam reflected that.  I kicked butt on it. Knew every concept. Produced word vomit satisfactorily. I even managed to finish early. I ran into two other people who finished early, and they were scared/worried/unhappy with their performance. I was simply agitated. Aggravated. And unhappy with the experience despite feeling like I mastered the exam. How well I mastered it is yet to be seen. If anyone managed to produce nicer writing and word vomit all at once, I may have lost on this one. But I highly doubt I fell anywhere close to the median. Time will tell, right? Alas, I am very happy to be totally finished with criminal law. Mostly, I am ready for a break. But that is not to be….not just  yet.

Next up is torts. Excellent writing will be necessary to come anywhere close to the top of that class. This Prof. wants IRAC all the way. Beautiful, coherant, organized, anaytical writing that hits upon every issue, even the issues that I might think are not issues. Every ounce of analysis needs to be done on paper. Every rule concisely stated.  And I might be up to the task. But not tonight. Tonight I am aggravated and going to play video games for the next couple hours. I hope all my readers have a splendid day, and I hope every law student everywhere can soon be done with this torture called exams.

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Crim Law and Christmas

Posted by newlawmom on December 12, 2008

I spent the morning studying for the crim exam. Then I went out to pick my daughter up from the bus station. She’s home for a month! Afterwards, I picked my mom up and took her and the kids out to see my niece perform. She is a multi-talented pianist/vocalist/performer who was playing tonight at a nearby bookstore. So…that was an awesome way to spend a Friday night.  We got hit pretty hard by an ice storm last night. Lost several trees in the yard and school was cancelled for the boys today, so they were with me all day. Basically, a combination of factors put me straight into contact with the real world in all it’s wintry, Christmas glory. I have been so wrapped up in studying that I had almost forgotten the rest of the world is still living. It was great to take a break, and I think it will actually allow me to get more accomplished when I get back to work tomorrow.  One week from today I will be totally free for a few weeks. I am looking more forward to it than I realized. I hope all my readers have a lovely day. I will write again on Monday.

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Exams continue

Posted by newlawmom on December 11, 2008

Today was contracts. It was awesome and I did fine. Or? I missed something major. But I really don’t think so. I finished 20 minutes early, and that included time to review. I feel good about it. Only time will tell. Now it is on to Criminal Law. This is my hardest class, not because it is theoretically difficult but because my prof was somewhat intense.  He believes it is his job to find those students who do not belong in law school. He flunks people annually.  And he doesn’t actually want you to think. What he wants, as one of my classmates aptly put it, is word vomit. Word vomit is not my strong suit. This is a pure memory effort, as there are no outlines or books allowed. That’s ok. I know the concepts. It is the word vomit that might derail me. I like my own words. Neverthe less, I want an A in this class as bad as I want it in the others, so I need to step it up.  Motivation for tonight is lacking. But tomorrow morning will find me right on track and my entire weekend will also be devoted to the subject.

OH YEAH. I almost forgot. I saw my first 1L freakout this morning! The kid lost it as we were waiting for the exam to begin. It was pretty funny. In some ways, law school really is a drama parade.

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