Sunday, July 31, 2011

Second year 1L

Whenever I tell law students from other schools that I'm a second year 1L, they look at me like I'm crazy, like I failed my first year. Unfortuantely, with part time students, we're still considered 1L's our second year, because we haven't completed our 30 credit hours to have that 2L status, and we won't until we're done with the fall semester.

Unfortunately, this also means that coming back this year is a little nerve wracking. I've decided to take on an additional course, and am now taking Property 1, Torts 1, Con Law 1, and Civ Pro 2. Not an easy course load by any stretch of the imagination, and I'm afraid that it'll be even more difficult with working 40 hours a week, and not having a bunch of time to study these very foundational subjects.

Oh well. It seems like Torts wont be so bad. We're doing a few "projects" this semester. Oh, and I get to outline the constitution! Yay? :)

Friday, July 1, 2011


New 1L's? I know that campuses give you discussion groups and all sorts of groups to ask questions and get to know each other. Use them, they're great. However, be cognizant of what you put on them. Do not discuss what weapons you are going to bring to campus because you feel unsafe in a downtown location. Don't discuss how drunk you got last weekend. Don't talk about what drugs you've tried and liked. Do not be the 'gunner' on the forums. Be respectful, ask questions, and then just observe. These are public forums, and god forbid you say anything that makes the law school reject your admission, puts you on their radar in a negative way, or could come up on character and fitness when you sit for the bar. You don't need to be front and center and let everyone know you. You'll ruin your reputation before you even step foot into a classroom, and that's not how you want to start off with the people that will be with you through your entire career. This extends beyond law school, and you need to understand that when you practice and have cases to refer, you don't want people to not refer you business because you're THAT person that no one likes.

You're in law school. Use your brain people.

Worst blogger ever? This gal.

Well, my first part of my 1L year is over! What a relief. Unfortunately, I'm still a 1L credit wise until I complete 30 credit hours...since I've completed 18, and am taking 12 in the fall, it looks like I'm technically a 1L until Christmas. :)

Summer has been awesome so far. I'm not in summer school since they released the calendar during the Spring semester, and I had already booked my Europe trip over the beginning of classes. As it turns out, it's actually been a blessing. The class I was going to take has had 4 different professors in 6 weeks. Sounds like a hot mess, and nothing that I want to gamble with my GPA with.

...speaking of GPA. I did fairly well. But, I really thought going in that all that advice that C's are the norm for the smart kids in law school didn't apply to me. Well, I got one C and the rest I got B's, but I realized, that C is the majority, and the curve forces it to be that way. Especially in smaller sections. And my law school curves us with our little section, and then ranks us in with the bigger classes, which makes the system completely skewed, but I guess that's how it is. Either way, my ranking isn't a clear picture of my standing, at all. Overall, I'm happy with my GPA. So, that's what it is I guess.

I'm starting to gear up for the fall semester, especially since I've added another class on to the standard 3, and will now be taking 4 lovely classes a week. Civ Pro 2, Torts I, Property I, and Con Law I. It'll be a big schedule, but I think I can handle it.

Thankfully, things have slowed down and improved in my personal life. It's amazing that you walk into law school, meet people, form bonds with them, and come out a year later with a whole new family. It's been a great experience so far.

I'm gonna work on being better at blogging. I hope. :)