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!

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