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Posted by newlawmom on July 28, 2009

The hardest part of law school is the waiting. This is my revelation of the day. Right now, I am waiting to see if I made law review. I am also waiting for the book list to be posted so I can try to save some money. I am also waiting for my assignment for orientation weekend. I just got done waiting for grades, waiting to find out if my scholarship was safe, waiting for my real summer to get started, and now I am waiting for summer to end. I am actually eager to get back to school, which will be spent waiting again. Waiting to see if I get interviews, waiting to see how I did if I do, waiting just for the sake of waiting, I guess. I was told very early in this process that the waiting would be a constant. Those people were correct, and what I have learned along the way is that waiting is NOT my strong suit. While I am waiting, I become pessimistic despite my optimistic nature. I become anxious, depressed, and frustrated. I need to think about this and try to change my response to this, because I am confident that waiting will be a frequent condition for the foreseeable future.

To all you incoming 1L’s, enjoy it. To those taking the bar, best of luck. To those in the middle, hope you’re enjoying your summer. Check back soon for an update the the blog roll.


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2L preview, decisions, and life

Posted by newlawmom on June 17, 2009

I watched a young person be sent to prison for ten years in a plea deal yesterday. Scary stuff. There is something about robbing people at gunpoint that tends to lead to bad outcomes. As one attorney put it – “scary stuff happens in here. It takes about two minutes in front of a judge for someone to agree to serve years in jail, and then they are gone”. That is exactly how it works, although I am certain many hours of discussions and investigations have occurred before those plea agreements are reached. The internship? I don’t get to do a lot of meaningful work, but I get to spend many hours in the courtroom and that is very helpful, useful, educational, informative, and quite enjoyable for me. Not to mention I am meeting lots of people. I love my internship even though I might not choose to work in that environment on a daily basis. Then again, maybe I would. Only time will tell.

Invitations to write on to law review have been issued. I am eligible to participate. This is a decision I have thought about, but probably not as much thought as it deserves. There is a certain part of me that believes my time would be better spent writing a quality piece for submission to someone else’s journal and getting an actual piece published. On the other hand, law review can’t be beat for resume purposes. Actually, if I had my choice, there is a secondary joural that I would enjoy much more. If I successfully write on, I might choose that one. So I need to make my decision very soon and plan to set the time aside. Truth be told, I don’t know much about this competition. I need to find out more and hopefully talk to a Prof. before I make this decision. I’ll let you know when I make up my mind.

Pretty soon I need to check the career boards and see what type of opportunities for next summer are presenting early. I know last year I saw people on interviews very early in the year. So I would like to be in that group. In other news, I found a local law firm that specializes in serving clients with brain injuries, from torts to medicine and education issues. It might be a perfect match if I can make it happen. So….I am currently thinking about next summer’s employment options? Yes. That is exactly what I am doing. Also thinking about how to best accomplish that article I want to research and write before school is over. Time is going on by.  I hope all my readers are having a lovely summer. For tomorrow, I am going to attempt to focus exclusively on my children and  my home. Wish me luck.

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