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About Heather Shubert

I am from Loudon Tennessee and am in my 4th year of part time law school at Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University. I am a Registered Nurse with 20 years of exeperience in the ER. I'm working in healthcare corporate law right now and really enjoy it. I also clereked at the Knox County Public Defender's office and loved that as well.

Skyrockets in flight…afternoon delight…aaaaafffffternoon delight!

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

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Where do we go from here, now that all of the children have grown up…

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

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They’d call us gypsies, tramps and thieves…

Honestly I’m not sure what they would call us, but I would call us a menagerie of people who are trying to finish our last semester of law school.  We just finished what we hope are the last law school midterms we will ever have to take.  And boy are  we glad that mess is over.  We have our eye on the prize of 80 days until graduation!! Still some work left though, papers to write and finals to take, but it is getting so close now.  I realize as we are getting closer that there is such an array of people who make up our class that it warranted talking about.  I hope none of us are gypsies, tramps or thieves, but who am I to judge them anyway… 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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I want to fly like an eagle, till I’m free…

This is it.  This is my last semester of law school.  I am not entirely sure when this happened.  I’m pretty sure I’m dreaming that it really is nearing the end.  My mom and I spent part of Christmas break at the beach and I am pretty sure we pondered the finer points of where have four years gone about  100 times.  It’s one of those things that seems like it took forever, yet went by in a flash.  We still have classes to finish, bar prep to do and of course the bar, but really this is it.  What we have all worked for over the last three or four years is coming to a close within a few months.  All the hours, days and weeks we have spent studying are going to pay off soon (137 days till our graduation.  Just FYI).  With this impending end in sight, we are starting to wax poetic about the last four years, our friends and what it will be like when we are free to fly. Continue reading

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Well our last fall semester finals are upon us.  That joyous time of year when we miss Thanksgiving with our families and can’t get Christmas shopping done due to studying.  I know we all chose this life we lead, but heck I didn’t know I would miss the little kids growing up while I was in school and working full-time for four years.  So for the last time (hopefully) law school is the wet blanket on my holidays.  Please don’t misunderstand, after December 9, I am free as a bird until January 7.  Christmas is saved!!! Continue reading

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We Don’t Need No Education, We Don’t Need No Thought Control…

Okay that title is not entirely true, clearly we need an education or we wouldn’t be in law school.  This post is more about how we think we don’t need an education or to study at this magical time of year, finals!  I can honestly state that some of my finest cleaning and chore catching up is done in the weeks leading up to finals.  I think after my first year, maybe first semester, I realized what valuable time this was when I didn’t have class at night and thought, wow that baseboard sure does need scrubbing.  I’m not alone in this I know.  I know a lot of people who become super productive when it is time to take law school finals.  Really, who doesn’t suddenly need to clean a closet at this precise point in time? Continue reading

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525,600 minutes, how do you measure, measure a year?

Sometime last spring I set a countdown timer on my phone to May 17, 2014.  That’s the magic graduation day at school!  The timer said 1 year and some crazy number of days.  Today it says 207!  It is amazing how fast time goes in law school and yet how painfully slow it goes as well.  What is also amazing is how we live our lives in law school, seeing every day and every week as another one down and less to go before it is over. Mom says I am wishing my life away.  Wishing law school away is more like it.  I don’t recall at any other time in my long (I’m old remember) and storied academic career, living my life by so many days, hours and minutes.  But alas, there is nothing like law school either. Continue reading

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Ob La Di, Ob La Da, Life Goes On…

It’s that most joyous time of year at our law school, midterms are over and grades will soon be posted.  While it is a bit odd to have midterms in law school , we do and they can be quite helpful (they are also painful so don’t be fooled that it is something we enjoy).  On the positive note, it is a way to see what the professor wants and how they  write their exams.  On a negative note, it’s another exam to study for and the then fret over the grade.  The fretting over the grade is what leads me to this blog.  I develop an ulcer every time we wait on grades.  It is nerve-racking and painful.  And after they are posted, life goes on. Continue reading

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I get by with a little help from my friends.

When I found out I had gotten into law school, I remember telling my favorite ER doctor the news.  The first thing he said, “You are becoming part of a fraternity that few are a part of.  The only people who will ever get it, are the people who are in it with you.”  Truer words were never spoken.  Although there are people in my life who have certainly been there and suffered along with me, only those in law school get law school.  The friendships I have made are some that will endure forever.  I think most people who go through this experience can say the same.  The only way to stay sane (or at least partially sane)  is with a little help from my friends. Continue reading

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