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ARGGHH!


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Well, it's only Wednesday and I feel like I've been here for about a month. This is not due to me becoming used to the place quickly, but to the unbelievable, massive, ridiculous amounts of work I've had to do. I don't think I did as much homework in 4 years of college as I've done this week. Just hours and hours a day, every day, and even then I feel unprepared most of the time. I think I've studied for something like 6 or 7 hours today. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm not thinking about quitting or anything, I just really need to complain. :D Also, this whole learning through humiliation thing is rather new, and I can't say I really feel that it's conducive to me living up to my potential, because it sort of makes me panic, but I'm trying to get used to it. It is somewhat, but not terribly, comforting to know that I'm not the only one on the verge of freaking out. There's a lot of mutinous talk and "okay, that does it, I'm leaving and just getting a PhD in psychology, that HAS to be easier than this." OK, yes, I'm mostly writing this to avoid work for a while, so I'll get back to it now.

 

 

Val

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This certainly brings back memories. Law school is kind of like boot camp ... having your mind twisted inside out, not allowed to rest mentally or physically, and learning a whole new way of thinking and interacting with the world.

 

Hang in there and good luck. :read:

 

 

 

Kitty

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Val,

 

I used to have a saying in law school (first of all we used to joke there is only one legal brief..its just been imitated in a variety of forms by a zillion law students...that's another story...i used to hate writing briefs first year in legal writing class...learning to write legalese sucked..honest, I used to write in English sentences...my legalese, I have learned to keep brief...you would never guess by my posts, but I am in legal world...beyond that I get to ramble as evidenced by this post, amongst the other zillion I have written.)

 

but back to my rambling, (which I hope makes you smile and laugh) I used to say in the first year of law school the professors scare you to death

 

in the second year of law school they work you to death (although you are wondering can they work you any more...don't worry you will get used to it)

 

and in the third year they bore you to death. The reason being is you want out the law school prison so you can begin to get a job and pay back those lovely student loans...grrrrr.....

 

I also used to complain that the bar exam should be given at the end of the first year of law school (other then evidence, the bar exam mulitstate is based upon the first year's courses..go figure)

 

Also, ignore the talking maniacs (the ones in class who never shut up...and think they are smarter then the rest of the world..they are not...just keep your blue hair from falling out because you keep pulling it out from dealing with law student mania)

 

I discovered at the end of first year of law school that I would learn more by working for a law firm...and also learned it was those blue haired ladies who knew more about law then their bosses, the attorneys and those blue haired ladies taught me about how to practice and to treat people..i.e..your clients.. more then any law book and law professor..but guess what you know that already but law school is just the price of the movie ticket admission into the world of law..enjoy it, it was fun and you are smart and will make a great attorney. That you can take to the bank.)

 

I remember a student in my class asked my contract professor (who couldn't teach his way out of paper bag) how did you know if you were arguing correctly a case. His response was you would often argue both sides of the same issue....often in the same day if you went to court a lot (or in a brief, etc.) What mattered was did you get paid by your client. Hey, that day I paid attention and I always remembered that (it took my Ethics Professor to remind us just because your client pays you doesn't mean you aren't supposed to be ethical...but that you know and don't do anything to jeopardize your practice of law..see you just learned 2 big things about the practice of law...and all in a nonsensical rambling post....even I am rolling my eyes..so you can too:)

 

We also used to joke that in law school there are those that "can do" and then there are those that teach...you know the professors in front of the classroom..some of whom can't find their way out of paper bag and some of whom are incredibly amazing....just remember the old scene in the Brady Bunch (I think they were trying to help Jan or Marsha overcome fear of public speaking and told them to think of what the audience looked like in their underwear which then made Jan or Marsha laugh and get over their fear...so think of those strange professors as in their undies and you then get to "humanize" them...it may work with some of the crazies that are your fellow students.)

 

Remember, do things for yourself..like the gym, sleep, (remember after those beer and whiskey chasers to take your water and tylenol and vitamin cs) and also just know you do need sleep and if you think you are going blind..yeah, you are...don't worry....I am sure you look great with glasses and blue hair:)

 

now, laugh a lot....do what you can do....and remember you do have a brain and common sense and law school to quote "Professor Kingsfield" molds the mush of our brains to make us think like a lawyer. (the brain cells we have left we soak in cheap beer and cheap booze:)

 

deep breaths, it will be ok....Kitty and I survived and you will too:) Just keep playing Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive"...and find the GLBT Law students...they will adopt you as one of us (even if you are str8:) and tell them if they don't you know your crazy assed Gay Italian Attorney buddy in New Joisey who will come a knocking:)..hint, that's me:)

 

:wacko:

 

Hang in there and remember res ipsa locquitor and offer, acceptance and consideration...and soon to be followed by the rule against perpetuities and in the end you will be fine and one great attorney:)

 

Love and Hugs and all the best sent your way...remember, YOU will SURVIVE so go get em!!

 

Michael

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