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Posts Tagged ‘1L reading’

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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Second semester progress

Posted by newlawmom on February 2, 2009

Time goes too fast.  It’s already time for starting/updating outlines. I have applied for seven jobs, including one awesome one at a hospital which is where I really want to be right now. I need to find more things to apply for. I have 23 more copies of my resume and stamps at the ready. Only one application was done via email. Somehow an email cover letter seems a bit unprofessional. But that’s what they wanted, so that’s what I sent. The job hunt is high on my priority for this, but if I was smart I would have had this done in December. Many good jobs are lost because I wasn’t aware of these deadlines. Many more come up on the 15th of February. I need a law job this summer. It doesn’t need to pay, but I do need to have one. So…

On the studying front – I spent alot of time this weekend catching up and getting a bit ahead on my reading. Mission accomplished. This week we will be discussing oral arguments in legal writing and research. I am nervous about this, but I think we won’t actually start until sometime in late March so I still have time to get ready. I have a study group for contracts and we just got back into our meeting schedule last week. We will meet Thursday to work on our outline and discuss recent cases. I may or may not decide to find a group for Property. In Con Law and Civ Pro I’m going solo.  That’s about it.

The weather was perfect today. I enjoyed getting outside for a bit even though it is still winter. Less than a month to go until March. I can’t wait. I hope all my readers get a chance to get some sunshine and fresh air. It is good for the mind, body, and soul. Enjoy.

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Calm productivity

Posted by newlawmom on January 12, 2009

So…I am going to like Monday’s. I have one class and hours of time to study. Today I accomplished quite a bit of research for my legal research project. The first portion of the assignment is due tomorrow.  I got my last grade – a B in Criminal Law. All told the grades look like this: A-, B+, B, B-, C+.  How’s that for a spread? I need to figure out how that happened and aim to keep my grades higher in the spring. The only good thing about those grades are that the B- and the C+ don’t count as final grades so my GPA is not totally shot.  Otherwise, I am off to a good start for the week. I had a late night tonight due to an event at the school but my daughter was home to take care of the boys so it worked out ok.  Everyone is safe and happy in their rooms at the moment and I have the house to myself.  Despite my very productive day, I do have work to do tonight for that research assignment.  Not too much, but at least a 1/2 hour of work and I am finding it hard to motivate myself. In addition I am trying to go to bed early despite being a true night person. My goal is to be in bed by 10, and I haven’t made it yet. Even 11 seems to come early, but that is the extreme limit if I expect to function at 6 tomorrow.  So… I need to go. I am having  a great week and I hope all my readers have one as well.

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The Curve

Posted by newlawmom on January 8, 2009

Two more grades came in – a B- in Civ Pro and an A- in Legal Writing and Research. The A- makes me happy, the B- less so. But the B- doesn’t count as a final grade so my final grades thus far are a B+ and an A- which doesn’t look so bad. But I am still disappointed. One more grade remains and I am praying for a B or higher. This is an interesting situation to be in at this point.  Other than being aware of a B- median, I have no idea where my class rank will be based on these grades. And yes, it matters. Unfortunately, it really does. I will feel much better when my last grade is in and I get a chance to figure out where I really stand.  Clearly, I need to do better this semester. If only I knew how to do that, I’d be in good shape.

Tomorrow brings Property and Constitutional Law. I think I’m going to like property. Constitutional Law less so. I still love Contracts even though my grade was less than stellar. I really think I can improve there, based simply on understanding the material better now that I have at least somewhat of a grasp on the subject. Civ Pro seems to be moving in a new direction this semester, and for that I am grateful. I found the first semester somewhat boring, and that could have impacted my grade. Legal Research and Writing is off to an interesting start. We got our first research assignment of the semester today and it seems exciting. For real. So that’s about it. For tonight, I am off to do some reading.  I hope my readers have a peaceful kind of day and can turn any lemons into lemonade. I have been dealt a couple this week.

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Behind Already

Posted by newlawmom on January 7, 2009

How did this happen? It is only Wednesday. I have three classes tomorrow and have the reading done for one.  A late night combined with an early morning will not be a good mix, but that is exactly what is happening I guess. My poor daughter is not feeling too well the day after having her wisdom teeth out. She is sitting next to me right now, ice pack in hand and tears dried up for the moment. The boys are just now getting to bed because when mommy has a late night, everyone has a late night. I was at school late for an event, and I really couldn’t miss it. So the kids were home taking care of each other under the careful watch of a babysitter until I got here at almost 8 with a bag of McDonalds for my own dinner in hand. This is not a good start to my time-managed, budget-conscious plans. I did get to spend a fair chunk of the morning and early afternoon at home today which was helpful. I got my resume revised but the summer job applications eluded me. I got my legal skills memo back – excellent grade, no complaints from me, but I am still waiting for my final grade to post. Hopefully I won’t be disappointed. Well, a full day lies ahead tomorrow, so I need to get busy. I hope my readers have a lovely day.

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Day 2

Posted by newlawmom on August 19, 2008

I love law school.  As of today, I have had each of my classes once.  I am impressed by how different each of the professors seems to approach their task. I am feeling a little confused as to how to organize all of this information and what the actual differences are between the classes. They all seem the same even though they are all different. Reading from one class to the next seems very similar. I know the difference between Torts and Civ Pro, but I have no idea how I am going to keep all this straight in my head (or on paper either). I had more success today finding a quiet study area.  I just don’t have many daytime hours to devote to socializing, even briefly. Such is the life of a law school mom. I would rather finish my work and go home to socialize with my children. But I am looking forward to going back to school tomorrow. Wednesday is slated to be my easiest day, with the most time available for reading and studying.

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