Monthly Archives: January 2014

Words to the Wise

The February Tennessee Bar Journal isn’t online until tomorrow, but here’s a sneak peak of the Law Launch Project page. Law_Launch_Feb2014

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Will Our Long Journey Lead To The Same Destination?

Will our long journey lead to the same destination? On the surface it might appear so. After all, each of the students  participating in writing this blog have spent countless hours over the last several years preparing for the day we will stand on the graduation platform to receive our coveted piece of parchment, signifying we are entitled to “all the rights and privileges of a Doctor of Jurisprudence.” But, the similarities end there.

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Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends

GuysI could not help but think of those eternal lines sang by the Beatles this week… I get by with a little help from my friends.  I have talked quite a lot in this blog about gaining experience while in law school.  Perhaps the most important ingredient in gaining experience that will prepare,and propel, you for and into the legal career that you want is who you are spending your time with.  I guess my mother was correct, that you are often judged by who you hang out with, because in my opinion who you are spending your time with while gaining legal experience (whether that is in an internship, externship, or volunteering your time) is the game changer.  So how does a law student choose who to spend their time with?  Good question, for me it comes down to three factors:  Who can help you learn, Who will help you learn, Who will invest in you as a person? Continue reading

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Law School Love??

The title isn’t what you might expect!  I’m not writing about a law school romance with another person, but instead a law school romance with my 3L year.   Continue reading

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I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon…

I sometimes feel like I only see the moon.  I come and go in the dark between working all day and school at night.  People seem to have a hard time grasping how exhausting our lives are for those of us who work full-time and go to law school at night.  “Part time” student is really a misnomer, we take twelve hours per semester.  Not so part-time is it?  We have class from 6:15 until 9:30 Monday through Thursday.  My drive home is about 45 minutes, I know some who drive 90 miles each way.  After I get home, I have to get ready for the next day, change out the backpack, get out work clothes and then try to relax and get some sleep.  The  next day will start again at 6:00 a.m. when the alarm goes off.  Am I being whiny?  Perhaps, since I know I chose to do this.  But please just understand how tired we all are.  We have to work, the bills don’t quit just because you are in law school.  We have to study.  We have families, dogs, cats  and kids to deal with.    And we would love to sleep.  Oh how we would  love to sleep. Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom, Condensed

Read highlights of the Law Launch Project in the recent Tennessee Bar Journal. These bloggers are insightful, smart and fun to follow.

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In the third year you will be RAN to death

When I started law school I was given a lot of advice about what to expect.  There were some particular phrases that were told to me over and over again…I am sure we have all heard them, for example ““A” students make great law professors, “B” students make great judges, “C” students make great money”  or “The best grades will be made by the most quiet students”, but the one I heard the most and have taken most to heart was that “ in your first year you will be scared to death, in the second year you will be worked to death, and in the third year you will be bored to death”.  Now I won’t disagree that the first year was pretty scary (well really the first semester), and that the second year was an enormous amount of work, but I would have to say that this phrase needs updating when it comes to the description of the third year.  I cannot think of a single example of a law student, who is serious about their career after law school that is bored in their third year…not in this day and age.  Perhaps there was a time when the third year was spent wasting time in anticipation of the bar exam and the awaiting job at the firm, but that is not the reality for law students today (or at least the vast majority of us). Continue reading

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Happy New Year. Really.

I spent the past couple of New Year’s Eves looking forward to a year of law school. This year was different. Better. Continue reading

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