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Posts Tagged ‘1L spring exams’

Uber Productive Holiday

Posted by newlawmom on April 13, 2009

Sweet. I got so much done I could sing! NO – You would not want to hear me do that. I have completed every last page of reading for Property. Yes, for the remainder of the semester. Plus I completely finished my outline for the class. All I need to add is whatever I get out of the next few lectures. It is a closed book exam, but it seems like a simple matter of IRAC approach here, a pure issue spotter where knowledge of the black letter law is going to get me somewhere. This is, of course, in direct contrast to Contracts where the black letter law is not black and the Prof. has no interest in seeing conclusions. Anyway…Property is in good shape. I got my grade back on my memo (draft 1). It is not the high grade, but it is high enough for me. I need to ace the rewrite while changing it into an appellate format from a memo in support of a motion. I started this project over the weekend but felt I was lacking direction so I will wait to speak with the Prof. tomorrow before I do anything else with it.  On tonights agenda is Civ Pro. The week overall will need to be divided between Civ Pro, Contracts, and the memo. Not exactly how I had planned things, but it is what it is. (I have a friend who hates when I say that, but it is true.) So…this is the last full week of classes. Next week we have a few makeup classes for those that were cancelled due to snow. I have an interview Wednesday, and hope that I don’t need the job. But seeing as I don’t have an actual assignment yet, I need to plan. This would be for a volunteer position working with crime victims. I really do believe that everything works out exactly as God intends it to be, so I have let go some of my angst over this summer job thing. The most important thing right now is to ace these exams, because my scholarship really is riding on my performance. Top half or call it over.  While I want to say I am 100% confident that is easy to achieve, it is not.  Nothing in life is free. So….I need to go get busy. Have a lovely evening. I hope you accomplish whatever it is you need to do. See you tomorrow.

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times and circumstances

Posted by newlawmom on April 2, 2009

Spring time and productivity do not go together. Agitation and productivity do not go together. Agitation and non-productivity do go togther. But spring and agitation do not go together. So I am in a pickle. I can tell I’m in a far different place than I was when I started because I got a huge kick today out of a case where the plaintiff’s last name was Pickle. And the plural form of that is Pickleses. It so happens the Pickleses bought a piece of property with overflowing sewage and it was condemned and deemed unfit for human occupation. Whose mistake is this, and does it matter? At long last I realize that I really have learned a thing or two about contracts. More about contracts that  I ever dreamed possible, actually. And in the world of contracts, there isn’t actually a clear answer to that question. It really does depend on the judge and the court and the attorney’s arguments and which cases are cited as precedent and whether the historic common law or the Restatement (law as law profs would like it to be) are being called on, which of course, depends on the judge and the town and the city and the state and the statutes and the OH MY. I’m so glad that our legal system is based on something other than pure luck. Jaded? No. Impatient? Yes. I am more than ready to stop now. I haven’t stopped since I started preparing for the LSAT. I’m still high-strung because I need those good grades to keep my scholarship, and I want them just for the personal satisfaction of getting them. So far, so good. I aced my oral argument last night. The judges had only positive feedback on the argument for me, which was amazing. Impressed, good eye contact, made good use of cases, organized presentation, willing and prepared to answer our questions, seemed eager to engage in relevant discussion, overall: excellent.  I came home and decided it was a good time for a glass of wine.  I would have had five if time allowed. The stress of this is killing me. A very, very high stress week/two weeks/year. I just need to suck it up for a few more weeks and I really will take a much deserved break. (For two weeks, and I really will enjoy it.) But even once I start work, I expect my evenings and weekends will be my own, and I am more than ready to reclaim them. So…I am ready to be done now. I hope all my readers have a lovely week. Plan those vacations. Make time to enjoy the spring weather. I will find a way to focus for these next few weeks if it kills me, which it might.

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