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A working single mom attending law school

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Contracts, Grades, and a promise

Posted by newlawmom on June 8, 2009

I was sure I failed, confident my scholarship was on the line, and upset for days until I finally got to a point of acceptance. And in the end? I did fine. Pulled off a B, which is above the median. Unfortunately, one of the classes I thought I did well in ended up with a C+. But no matter how you look at it, my scholarship seems safe. I have one more grade outstanding and I don’t think it can pull me down far enough to significantly hurt me. But I have learned one lesson, and it is a mistake I will never make again. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PREDICT LAW SCHOOL GRADES. It is an impossible task. There is no way to know. I have said that before, but didn’t really believe it. Now I know from first hand experience. Today I am the happiest woman on earth. Unfortunately the outstanding grade is with a Prof. who is well-known for her delayed grades so it could still be a long wait until I am 100% certain of my fate. I hope everyone is having a great summer. I’ll write again soon about that internship. To the 0L’s reading this, enjoy the time you have left.


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1L Summer, Time Management

Posted by newlawmom on June 2, 2009

So, I’ve made it to June. Three out of five grades are in, and so far I’m doing just ok. I’ve become amazingly disconnected from caring whether I retain my scholarship or not. I have decided that the wait for law school grades is really unpleasant and I don’t have time to postpone my life while I wait, so I have moved on. I found myself floundering for a few weeks because I have far too much time on my hands. I was actually used to being busy morning, noon, and night. So I have put myself on a schedule and that has helped substantially. The basics:

1. The Internship – I am working three days a week in a local courthouse, handling administrative issues for persons accused of minor crimes and sentenced to community service and various treatments. I meet the client before they see the prosecutor and again after they face the judge. It is interesting work. During quieter times I am able to sit in court and watch criminal trials and the general criminal docket. I have actually learned alot, and met many people. My school is well-represented here, with interns working with the prosecution, defense, and other administrative positions. So far, well worth my time.

2. The Real Job – I actually do have one of those. I am working 25 hours per week with my client for the duration of the summer, with most of those hours being done on the weekends when my children are with their father.

3. The Children – The college freshman is home and already working full time and taking a summer class. She and I have a standing date on Friday evenings for dinner and a movie. Boyfriend happens to work on Friday, so that works out well for me. It is great to have her home. The boys are still in school. They will be attending camp on my work days, and will have the option of going to camp on my two days off. I lucked out with a summer playground program that runs five days a week from 8-4:30 – total cost for two children? $450 for the entire summer! That’s total, not each. There is no way to beat that. They get to play sports, swim, make crafts, and do other camp activities plus take a field trip once a week (extra $ there, but that’s ok). Thank God for Parks and Rec. Three evenings a week are devoted to the children, from 4-9 PM. So far we have made it to the public library, the park, and out for a bike ride. I can’t wait for them to be done with school so we can take a day trip or two.

4. Reading – I am on my third book. As I have shared my summer reading list elsewhere, I can not share it here, but I love to read, I missed it during law school, and I am happy to have time to do it now.

5. Writing – I also love to write. I have been keeping up with my journal, and have allotted three late evenings per week to writing. No TV, no computer, no radio. Just a notebook and a pen. Whether I end up with poetry, a novel, a collection of nonsense, or just an extension of the journal remains to be seen. Six to nine hours of writing a week should certainly lead to something.

That sums up my weekly to do list. Housework fills whatever small voids are left over. I have also managed to plant some flowers and a couple of tomato plants. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Sometime between now and the end of June I hope to have all my grades in and discover whether I will retain my scholarship or not. Until then….

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Posted by newlawmom on May 16, 2009

Yes. I am scared to death. If I do not stay in the top half of this class, my scholarship is gone. That is a distinct possibility even if I stay above the median in every class but contracts. Contracts scares me half to death. I know I missed an entire issue. A big issue. The main point of the question type of issue. And despite being totally pissed at myself, there is not a darn thing I can do about it. So I wait. If I lose the scholarship, it is very doubtful I will be able to return. Will it be my own fault? Yes. Was my confidence misplaced? Yes. Well, no, but I underestimated my competition.  So…..I shall wait. Right along with everyone else. In the meantime I am taking off for a few days. I start work at the courthouse the day after Memorial Day. I won’t check my grades until at least the middle of next week, although my goal is to wait until June 1 to check. Anyway – it is going to be a long wait. I can only hope and pray. This experience is humbling, to say the least. Have a great weekend everyone. I am going to try to forget about everything for a few days.

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The final 2 weeks of 1L!

Posted by newlawmom on April 22, 2009

Two weeks from today, I will be officially done with my first year of law school! How cool is that? I keep a real journal and for the past two days I have refrained from any self-criticism. It is nothing short of a miracle that I have come this far. I am grateful for the opportunity, satisfied that I will retain my scholarship, and proud of myself for pulling this off. Classes are over and I am free to move on, although there are review sessions scheduled for the rest of this week.

Tonight – the memo, which I believe should get me a much better grade than the first draft. It is edited and there are no errors in punctuation, citations, etc. And I do mean zero. There are no point headings hanging at the bottom of the page, and all the formatting is perfect. I am pleased with it, although I am confident the final grade for the semester will reflect my earlier errors. I am at peace with everything for today. The paper will be turned in tomorrow and it really will be a relief. I hope all my readers have  a lovely day.

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