Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wanting some law experience

Since I have never worked in the field of law, I thought I'd take advantage a of small work-study award received and work in the library this semester. The pay is basically nothing, but I wanted the exposure, coupled with a quiet study place. I started the process in Human Resources today. They started me off with paperwork for a background investigation. It includes every job I've ever had, residences from the last several years, and all educational institutions attended. I think it may take all semester just to get through that!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Torts Fun Begins

New semester, new professor. He's more verbose, with far less structure to the class. Easy to get through classes under the radar, BUT expectations are not clear. Not sure what net impact this will have...

New classes starting tomorrow...

Started Torts reading tonight. Blah...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Spring semester starting...

The week has come. Break is about over. And so, we begin again. In a few days, I'll start off my semester with the second semester of Torts. Different professor than in the fall, so we'll see how that goes. Additionally, I'll be starting second semester of Legal Writing and also, Family Law. Right now, I am optimistic about how this semester will go. I hope that lasts.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Final Verdict is in...

With my final grade posting today, I end the semester with a 2.54. Never in a million years did I think that would be a satisfactory GPA. I will accept it, though, and hope that I can push it up to the 2.6 that will be needed by the end of the year to keep my scholarship.

Next semester...Legal Writing 2, Torts 2, and Family Law. Already time to start ordering the textbooks, printing the syllabi and getting to the reading...

Monday, January 2, 2012

One Semester Down...

Well, no surprise here, but it was a super busy semester and there was not much time to blog! Not only was I busy trying to keep up, I was also wondering if I could survive!

Midterms ended with me failing my Contracts midterm, coming in with a barely passable score in Torts, and a decent looking score in Legal Writing.

I have had to wrap my mind around the differences between Law school and my other graduate school experiences. It's really not that it's harder; it's just different. The rules and culture are different...and not disclosed in any way. It's like playing a game, but not being told the rules.

I am not used to going into finals with 80% of my grade on the line. I am also not used to leaving a final and really having no idea what the grade outcome will be.

Well, two final grades have posted. Unlike other schools I have attended, grades are really scores. I finished Torts with a 2.0, a passing grade, but not by much. This is a class I actually enjoyed and thought I would fare better. The instructor was fair and interesting to listen to in lectures. But he was also tough. Preparation before coming to class was not negotiable. Reading all of the material was not enough...really knowing the material in depth was the expectation.

Secondly, I had Contracts. Since I did very poorly on the midterm, I was worried that I couldn't pass this one. I finished with a 2.7 and was thrilled! We won't get to review our final exams until later in January, but I would have had to have done well for my grade to have increased that much. This score also entitled me to one foundation law point. Foundation law points can be earned only in certain classes and require a score of 2.5 or higher. Eight foundation law points are required to graduate, so at least I have 1/8 of that requirement handled!

The instructor for this class was pleasant, but unclear in her expectations. She would sometimes contradict herself and is a very hard grader, but a plus was that she posted lots of examples and practice exams.

My Legal Writing grade is still outstanding.

At least I know that I won't be on academic probation, but I will likely be on the cusp for maintaining my scholarship for next year. We'll see...anyway, I just need to keep reminding myself that I am doing the best I can. I am competing with students who are full-time students, and only full-time students. My family and my job have to come first. I still study hard, but know that I am competing against "kids" with different lives and priorities. Still, the first step has been taken. The first of many semesters is complete and I'll call it a success!