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A working single mom attending law school

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Posts Tagged ‘exam prep’

well…..I hope everything goes ok

Posted by newlawmom on July 21, 2011

It should not surprise me that with only a few days left to study (I’m stopping for good when I go to bed Sunday night) there are too many things that I don’t know yet. Too many things to know. This is why I didn’t go to BarBri. I don’t think it would have helped me. I have studied hard and am pretty confident I will pass. My confidence is going down as the date draws near, however. Trusts and Property are my weak points, both tested pretty heavily in this state from what I understand. I spent all day with trusts and property today and need to take a break from it. I’ll pick it up again on Saturday. Tomorrow is crime, negotiable interests and secured transactions. Just review. Let’s hope that is all I need.

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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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Oh, the memo

Posted by newlawmom on November 4, 2008

What to make of the memo. I have spent more hours working on one ten page paper than I have ever devoted to a ten page paper in my lifetime. I have another hour or two ahead of me, double checking and correcting citations, capitalizations, and minor edits if needed. I think I am satisfied with it, although it is really almost impossible to know. Worst case scenario? I missed a major case that makes my analysis wrong. I sure hope not. Second worst case? Well, you never know. I do believe I am developing a love-hate relationship with my legal skills class. Perhaps with my entire law-school career. No. Not yet. Just the legal skills class. I can not wait to turn this paper in tomorrow. I can wait to see the grade. As a matter of fact, I would prefer to never see the grade. I don’t want to know.

I do want to know the outcome of this election. I am thrilled that all of my friends and family got out to vote today. Even my client with a major brain injury went out to vote today. If he can do it, nobody is excused. I am very eager to move on with school tomorrow, with the memo out of the way. Tomorrow’s focus is contracts – I am taking an old exam in the morning, going to class early in the afternoon, and meeting with my study group after class to work on our outline and compare notes on the exam answers. We’re thinking that using the outline for an old exam should show us where the outline is lacking. Tomorrow night will be devoted to reading Civil Procedure and Criminal Law for this weeks assignment. So…I hope my readers have a lovely day. I hope our country has a lovely day. And I hope the sun shines in my little world for the rest of the week.

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Law school exams

Posted by newlawmom on October 30, 2008

People told me that law school exam preparation has very little to do with class preparation. I knew that. I’ve been prepared for class all semester, and have kept up to speed with my outlines. But only today did I actually go to the library and take a look at the past exams held on reserve. I was surprised that I was allowed to copy these exam questions, model answers, grading keys, and even the range of grades that were given on past exams. Is it really possible to fail when given this information in an unlimited fashion over a month before exams even begin? I hope not. But I can tell you that the temptation to skip class and devote my limited time to exam preparation is stronger now than it ever was. I see people on facebook, checking email, etc. during class time. While I sit there with just a notebook and a pen, my mind wanders. In some classes, I think how much better use I could make of my time. Exam preparation is calling my name. Within a few weeks, classes will be done. How amazing is that? (By the way, I am desperately looking forward to the time change. I need these clocks to fall an hour back, like now.) I hope my readers have a splendid day.

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Preparation and progress

Posted by newlawmom on October 12, 2008

I can’t believe it is already the middle of October. I am busier than ever with law school related tasks. I just got my first full memo assignment which is due 11/4. I will start working on that this week. I am involved in starting a group for parents attending law school. That will be moving forward this week as well. I am well on my way to having completed outlines for each of my four major classes. Sometime this week or early next I will peruse some old exams. I have been listening to LEEWS on my way to and from school and will continue to do that this week. However, listening while driving makes it hard to actually look at the primer. I will be traveling this coming weekend to visit my daughter and hope to make that trip without bringing any law school reading with me. That will mean lots of extra work from Wednesday on. I have a meeting with my contracts group on Wednesday. I will also be working at a bake sale table tomorrow for another group at the law school. So…I’ve been busy. My kids are good. I actually got some decorating done for Halloween, got a ton of housework done over the weekend, and spent some time with my honey. All in all, things are good. But I expect to be fully stressed as this week moves forward. I hope all my readers have a lovely week and enjoy these fine fall days.

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