In the June issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal, we look at how members of the Project are feeling about the end of this road called Law School. A little more than half of the group have jobs lined up, but it’s still early since the Bar isn’t for another 6 weeks.
The story is a reflection and a look forward:
“As the students look back, many seem a little bit in shock. They are proud that they were able to weather the unsteadiness, the unending reading and somehow were able to juggle all that while still (in varying degrees) living their lives.
Their comments may sound familiar to you lawyers — that last year of law school is probably still seared into your brain — but some things are likely a little different in 2014 than when you came through.”
These are some interesting people who have overcome much and accomplished a major goal. Read their stories here: LawLaunch_Grad_June2014
Several of you have said you are interested in starting your own firm right out of school. Have you seen this new resource from the Tennessee Bar Association?
The Solo-in-a-Box Toolkit has sections specific to starting out — on business, technology, insurance, budgeting, marketing, human resources, mentors and more.
Best part: IT’S FREE. Just go to http://www.tba.org/node/66492
After you try it, let us know what you think.
Can you believe you thought these things just a few months ago? So you can look back and be reminded how far you’ve come, here’s a recap from
The reality is finally starting to set in. When I leave my Domestic Relations class (lecture) tonight it will be for the last time. All that is left are the final exams. We’ve all worked so hard and put in countless hours of study it seems hard to believe the time has finally arrived. What a bittersweet moment it is. Continue reading
Hrs away from the very last law school class. At a wonderful immigration law seminar by the TBA learning to help others to avoid deportation. I’m soooo ready to practice!
The next time the Tennessee Bar Association posts a story like this, your name will be on the list (YES IT WILL):
Tennessee Bar Exam Results Now Available
This is possibly my all time favorite song and this post has nothing to do with the actual meaning of the song so don’t panic. What it does have to do with is the fun we can have in law school. Were we not able to laugh at the things we don’t know, the people we go to school with and mostly ourselves, I can assure you we would never have made it this far. There have been times in my four years I have had to leave class because I was about to burst out laughing in the middle of a lecture. Could be from something that happened, one of our witty professors or something someone (myself included) had said. Either way, I have bitten my lip, literally, and had tears streaming down my face more than once. Mind you, this all happened after my 1L year when I was scared to even smile or have an emotion. But the story of Afternoon Delight is one for the books… Continue reading
I notice a trend among 3L’s…we have become mathematicians. Well maybe not full-fledged mathematicians, but we are sure doing a lot of counting these days…most of which is counting down. I know I am as guilty of this as anyone…in just a few hours I will be down to 3 days of showing up for classes. Notice I didn’t say 3 days left…so maybe some of that “thinking like a lawyer” has sunk in over the last 3 years because I am counting in a light most favorable to my position. This counting down has got me thinking about some things…so here goes my law school experience by the numbers. (Please excuse my math if a few of these are rounded off, after all if I could do real math I would have gone to medical school…right?)
First a brief rundown of the latest numbers for school: 19 actual nights of class left, 40 days until our last night of class, 58 days until graduation, 130 days until the bar and 163 days until I go to Switzerland (not that you care about the last one but it is in the countdown timer app). So with that said, where do we go from here? We have grown up and it is almost time to move on. I can tell you where I was when I found out I got into law school, standing in the Dunkin Doughnuts in Sevierville with my BFF Angie. I about hit the floor and went into immediate panic mode. A million questions raced through my mind. What the heck just happened being the first one. Should I go? Was it time to take a leap out of nursing, the only thing I had ever done, and go do this crazy law school thing? Could I really go to law school and be a lawyer? The answer to all of them was yes. Here it is four years later, and we have all grown up some during this process. Continue reading
One thing that I’ve enjoyed about my final year has been an opportunity to read books that don’t appear on a syllabus. Like most law students, I’ve become more efficient at reading the required pages. This semester I really only have one class that relies on assignments from a traditional casebook. At home, now that I can typically count on my kids to go to sleep around 8:00 (there’s some required reading involved here too) and stay asleep until 6:00, my own more predictable sleep schedule opens up some time for unassigned reading as well. The margins of my class notes are littered with books suggested by professors or casebook editors that I didn’t quite have time to pursue as a 1L or 2L. Now I do. Continue reading