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
A few weeks ago, my journal’s Senior Editorial Board assigned the Class of 2015 to their positions on the Editorial Board for next year’s volume. Since then, we’ve been working closely with our replacements to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible and that JETLaw continues to improve and provide its members with a valuable journal experience and a quality publication. The defining experience of my tenure as EIC has been the extended, repeated revelation that I am surrounded by extraordinary people, and a weekend of interviews and a few weeks of close work with the incoming Senior Board only adds to that. I am proud to leave the journal in their hands. Continue reading
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
The Winter Bar Exam is TODAY and tomorrow. That means those of you about to graduate, you are NEXT. In the hole, as they would say if this was a rodeo. Which it kind of has been, right? Not to freak you out, but applications for the July exam, which is July 29-30, will open March 3, according to the Board of Law Examiners. Learn more here: http://www.state.tn.us/lawexaminers/
As my mind wonders about the value of my legal education at NSL and whether to start my law practice here in TN, in FL, or both, the doubts and hopes are fighting with each other. Hard to predict the future when the focus now is to pass the BAR exam.
As the ninety-days-until-I-graduate mark came and went, I began to realize that my twenty years of education is coming to an end. This semester is quite a bit different than the nineteen leading up to it, though. As I have talked about in previous blog posts, many third-year law students spend their time golfing, taking trips to Tunica, and occasionally going to class. My experience is anything but golfing.
Up until now, my focus during this last year has been on (1) passing my classes, (2) gaining as much experience as I can through various internships and clerkships, (3) networking, and (4) looking for and finalizing any job offers. But now, with graduation practically assured, my focus shifts to passing the Bar exam. Continue reading
We all run out of steam from time to time; its only natural, but what’s most important is that we don’t quit. In my experience, burnout is the result of speed without vision–running full speed without focus. Pace yourself or the burn out is sure to come. What kind of sense does it make to start a 5 mile run full speed? Likely you’ll end up passed out on the ground with a pulled hamstring. I don’t advise that you walk the entire race, but it is important not to start off so fast that you can’t finish! Continue reading
My brain really has been either asleep or nonfunctioning the past couple of months. I’m not sure if it is the excitement of graduation (94 days left), the anticipation of when my little princess gets to come home with me for the first time (111 days left), or a combination of both. Continue reading