I haven't been on MDC much for the last few months because I started law school! Tomorrow is my last exam (Torts). I have been loving school!
I was surprised at how quickly law school totally took over my life. It really wasn't bad until about the last week of October when the first draft of our second memo was due. Then the final draft was due on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and our first exam was on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a good thing everyone in our study group is dedicated and we all get along -- we were spending at least 8 hours a day (and frequently longer) with each other for two entire weeks. I'm kind of feeling like I'm in withdrawl. They all finished with exams last Thursday, so I haven't seen them since then. I had my Torts exam rescheduled because it was on a Saturday and I keep Sabbath, but the rest of my study group has already taken that exam. I've been feeling pretty exhausted for the last few days and have allowed myself to rest and do a few things around the house. However, I will be studying all day today for the Torts exam.
I feel good about my exams and what I have learned this semester. My study group keeps telling me they expect me to be in the top of the class, but I do not necessarily have that same expectation. Of course it is what I want! But my class is 330 people divided into 3 or 4 sections. We simply do not know enough people in our class to be able to predict the curve. I was very, very worried about Criminal Law (to the point that I was shaking as the exam was starting and could barely fill out the bubbles on the scantron sheet as I entered my anonymous number), but the exam turned out to be significantly easier than I expected. I have felt well prepared for every exam I have taken so far. I hate that we have to wait so long to get our grades! I want to know NOW (whine).
I am excited about next semester -- no more crim law (property instead) and I got into the elective I wanted -- Earth Jurisprudence which is taught by the director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence
. This course is one of the reasons I chose my school. I was in line at the registrar's office when they opened on registration day so I could have the best possible shot at getting into the class since they only take 20 people in it. The registrar told me my chances of getting into it were slim because the 2Ls and 3Ls get priority, so I expected to get waitlisted at best. But I am not waitlisted!!!! It is showing up on my schedule.
Next semester is going to be even crazier than this one. I will have 6 classes instead of 5 since I got my elective. In reality, it is going to feel like going from 4 classes to 6 because we never did anything to prepare for Crim Law since all that happened in class was that the professor read to us out of the book (seriously). We will have to be prepared for our property class, however. In addition, we write our appellate brief next semester in our writing class and I will have to write an additional 25 page paper for Earth Jurisprudence.
However, my schedule is much better next semester. This semester's schedule wasn't that great because I had long blocks of time in between classes, so had to be on campus significantly longer. In addition, I only had one class on Friday -- Torts from 8:00 am to 9:25 am. That sucked since it is about a 1 hour drive to campus. Next semester, 4 of my classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday. These will be long days since I start at 8:30 am and finish at 5:00 pm. But Wednesday I only have one class (Torts 9:15 to 10:10 am), Monday I have Torts at the same time plus the Earth Jurisprudence class from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and Friday I have no classes! Right now, my study group is planning to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays so we can talk through the cases for all of our classes, work on our outlines, etc. My personal plan is to get all my reading done on Friday and Sunday for the following week. I am planning to be at school on M-Th at 7:30 am when the library opens and stay through 5:00 pm. I am a morning person and there is almost no one in the library that early, so I am planning to use the time before classes start to work on the two big papers.
This post is exactly what I did NOT do on my exams -- it is one big brain dump! I just needed to get it all off my chest with people who would understand, but who aren't emotionally involved in the day to day life of my particular school. I read plenty of books about and talked to lawyers about law school before it started, so I didn't go in blind. But it is one thing to have an intellectual understanding and another to live it.
Now I am looking forward to a 4 week break. I have let a lot of personal and home stuff slide while I've been in school, so I have a long list of things to do! I am going to be doing a lot of crafting in order to finish up Christmas presents. And, of course, I am going to start reading for next semester!
For now, I better stop procrastinating on MDC and start studying for Torts!