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Posts Tagged ‘1L orientation’

Orientation Day 1

Posted by newlawmom on August 15, 2008

It turned out to be a lovely day. Everything was well organized, people were happy to be there, and the quality of information presented was excellent. I felt very comfortable there and feel prepared to begin my classes on Monday. I am attending law school with a very interesting group of people who collectively have accomplished great things and had some amazing experiences. I had the opportunity to speak with a few classmates individually, but mostly we were in group sessions.  Highlights of my day included finding my locker and mastering the combination, realizing that the Deans and Professors knew me by name from the interviews last spring, and getting a personal tour of the law library. While I am exhausted, I am also satisfied and much more relaxed than I was last night. Tomorrow is day 2 of orientation, so I will be going to bed shortly. All in all, this is awesome! It doesn’t hurt that my boys came home tonight after spending a week with their dad. I missed them alot, but I did need the time to get some things done. I love my kids. They are excited to see the law school tomorrow.


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1L Orientation 2008

Posted by newlawmom on August 14, 2008

It starts tomorrow. I should be in bed by now. Am I? No. I should have my assignment done. Do I? No. Do I care? Yes. But I have found it hard to get in the swing of law school before law school gets started. Perhaps tomorrow will be the beginning of successful student-hood. It still doesn’t feel real to me. I have been living my regular life right up until 11PM. I didn’t even start to think about tomorrow until then. I am still unmotivated to go read. I need to make myself a list of things to bring with me in the morning. I am not a morning person but I would like to get to school with the necessary materials. Wish me luck. I’ll write again tomorrow.

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Posted by newlawmom on August 13, 2008

Will I ever get over it? Probably not.  I just got done printing out my handouts for orientation Friday. There is some work to do. I will be sitting here at this time tomorrow doing it. I’m not sure what I’m going to wear. I need to review the orientation memo again tomorrow.  I also need to print out a form so I can get my parking permit.  I’m really not looking forward to the daily walk from parking lot to school. This is one of those things that makes me feel old. Or maybe just lazy. Alright. You got me. The truth is I feel entitled to the closest parking space. But it is not to be. I am “just a student”. Something tells me the reality of law school has not sunk in yet. I feel fine. A tad anxious perhaps, but mostly still caught up in my regular daily life.  I’m in for a severe adjustment phase I think. And I have all of six days until I adjust to life with my daughter off to school as well. It should be an interesting ride. I hope you all have a great day. I will be busy tomorrow for 7AM until at least 6. Busy includes my mother, grocery shopping, cleaning, and paying some bills. Only after that is done will I look at the law assignment. But it will be done before I get to school on Friday and that is what matters. (I hope…)

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Two days to go…

Posted by newlawmom on August 12, 2008

Orientation starts Friday. I didn’t do anything for law school today. I spent my time shopping with college freshman daughter of mine and enjoyed her excitement as she prepares to leave next Wednesday. I also spent the morning with my man-friend and enjoyed a lovely breakfast and a ride.  Tomorrow I will finish cleaning up in my old house and prepare for the landlord to walk through on Thursday. I do need to put a hundred gallons of oil in the tank which will just about kill me financially. I am very happy I will be splitting the heating costs this winter. It should save me significant cash. I am eager to start school. I suppose it is too late now to go back to the beginning of summer and spend hours upon hours preparing for this journey. So I will just hope I am as prepared as others. I can not afford to start at a disadvantage. In my mind Thursday is set aside to do my reading assignment for the first day. I have skimmed it. That is all. One day should be enough to do what is necessary. So….I’m keeping busy. Talk to you soon.

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Amusement and Anticipation

Posted by newlawmom on August 7, 2008

It was off to the amusement park today. We had a great time. I can’t believe I start law school next week! I spent the day thinking about where I am in the world. My kids aren’t babies anymore. Compared to the other parents who were out today, I am old. Not only that, I can see that my tolerance for other people’s children has deteriorated over time. I feel old. And I am ready to move on. I don’t want to be a stay at home mommy any more.  It is possible that I don’t even want my future career to be about children.  It is the rights of people that concern me.  All people, including children. But I think it is possible to do that work and fight for those rights without becoming personally involved in the situation.  It will be interesting to see where I end up in three years. I will try hard to honestly explore my career options rather than pigeon-hole myself early on based on my past life experience. With my kids growing up and my past as it is, I really am free to do what I want. I’m not sure I’ve ever had that chance before. Devoting myself to full-time school for the next three years is putting myself first in a way I have never done before. It is a lovely feeling.

Tomorrow will be consumed by shampooing my carpets and preparing for my Saturday tag sale.  Sunday I am taking off entirely to myself. Monday I will be going out to the law school to get my student ID and my parking permit. The invitation was issued earlier in the week as a chance to beat the crowds during orientation days, so I will take advantage of it. I love my children so much. They have never been in daycare, etc. I have been so lucky to be home to raise them. The next few weeks will be full of major change. But we are ready. They are going to be just fine and so am I.

Fear is a great obstacle to many fine things. Do not let it rule you.

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Today’s accomplishments

Posted by newlawmom on July 9, 2008

So…now that I have finished whining I am able to review the day.  In preparation for law school I successfully completed my phone calls to the financial aid office and to my undergrad institution to arrange for my final transcript to be sent. I spent some time looking through the courses that are available to me and reviewing information about concentrations I could pursue. The problem I discovered is that three years of law school is not enough time to take all the courses I might like.  I will need to spend more time reviewing the situation and perhaps look over some law boards to see how others have handled this.

I got the tentative schedule for orientation. I was happy to see a family event scheduled for Saturday. This allows me to include my children, for which I am grateful. It doesn’t look like an overwhelming schedule. I got my class schedule last week and was overjoyed. It looks totally manageable. Monday thru Friday classes, nothing starting earlier than 9:30 and nothing lasting past 2:45. My plan is to be at school from 8-4 five days a week, with additional evening hours as needed for interest groups, etc., but preferably not more than once a week, twice at the most. Ambitious, perhaps, but I am hopeful. I will be able to study at home after my boys are in bed.  The only concern I have is finding enough time to sleep. I am a night person by nature, and the early morning commute will force me to change my ways.  The commute, BTW, is approximately one hour.

For this week, I am reading law books. I am committed to reading only for pleasure during my week long vacation. On my law list: The Constitution of the United States (Westlaw copy), Slaying the Law School Dragon, Later in Life Lawyers and Understanding Law School – An Introduction to the LexisNexis Understanding Series. Also, I have ordered a set of LEEWS cassettes which I will listen to as soon as they arrive in my mailbox. I will read until I fall asleep tonight.

On the parenthood side of things, I have one sick child, but its not strep. Perhaps a virus. My 12 y.o. son had his physical today and is officially taller than his college freshman sister who is not impressed. Said freshman will have three wisdom teeth removed on 1/5/09. Yes, that is 3. Dentist cannot explain the missing tooth nor can I.  The boys are at work with me tonight. Another bonus to this particular job. I didn’t get too much done today around the house, but I have a full day planned for tomorrow. And that’s all folks.

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