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Winding down

Posted by newlawmom on November 3, 2009

The semester is coming to a close, and I am realizing just how much time my clinic has taken. We have been working diligently on a major memo over the course of the semester, and I just submitted my “almost final” draft which stands right now at 22 pages. It needs to be revised again, I think once, but maybe twice more. The important thing is it’s almost over. I would like to say that when its done its going to be my finest piece of writing ever. But the truth is that legal writing is not my strong suit. I am better at writing non-legal materials, although I haven’t had any opportunity to do that in some long time now. So – the memo should be my best piece of legal writing ever. So, on this Tuesday evening, I have time left over. And that is encouraging. I will take the evening off and devote tomorrow to getting ahead a little bit. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to say that. I hope all my readers are having a great week. Good luck to all law students through the hell of a month that November is.


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Need to do better

Posted by newlawmom on September 9, 2008

Well, my legal skills grade improved. But less than I would have hoped. I have a meeting with the Prof. tomorrow to discuss ways to improve. As I mentioned to my man-friend tonight, this is going to require more time and more effort than I have thus far applied. If I am to succeed on the level I am capable of, I must apply myself wholeheartedly. This is not going to be an easy task. Today looked like this: Leave home at 7 to arrive at law school at 8:15, first class scheduled for 10:30. Spent time in library reviewing today’s cases, walked to bookstore to buy page flags, and checked email and online assignments. Went to Civ Pro class and felt relatively well prepared. We will get a sample exam opportunity next week. This pleases me. Between classes, had lunch while reviewing Crim for afternoon session. Went to legal skills class; hope I got what I need for the written assignment due Thursday. Went to Crim class and felt less than adequately prepared. Drove home 1 1/2 hour commute in the PM. Arrived home 5PM. Studied until 6 while dinner was in the oven. 20 minute dinner break, back to working on legal skills paper until 9. Online now for a break, will return to studying by 10, study until 11, go to bed and get up tomorrow at 6 to leave home for 7. Children were relatively ignored today although they did have dinner with me and do their homework in the same room as me. They also played quietly in the same room as me.  While unpleasant, I will proceed with this schedule for the remainder of the week. This coming weekend I will spend at least six hours studying on Saturday, taking Sunday off. Last weekend I did very little studying until Sunday night. Hopefully this will prove to be enough. If not, I will reevaluate as needed.

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Into the swing of things

Posted by newlawmom on September 2, 2008

Well, the holiday weekend is over. Today was back to work. It is starting to feel normal and I am prepared to buckle down and do what is necessary. Tomorrow I am taking a voluntary class on how to critically read briefs.  I got my disaster brief back, and I was right that it was a disaster. But not to worry. I have it under control now. I have a writing assignment due Thursday and I am determined to get at decent grade. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, reading and class participation is going along fine. BTW, so far, I have yet to see a gunner. But I am watching. And I am definately not one.

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