Updates: What’s Happening?

So as far as 0L prep goes, I didn’t get to do all that I’d hoped, not enough time, and I also did want to enjoy the summer and life before law school started. I did however, finish Getting to Maybe, brush up on writing skills, and research the best ways to study, brief, and outline. Since a lot of what I wanted to do overlapped with these things, and with what Getting to Maybe teaches overall I think it worked out pretty well. I can already see it benefiting me and it’s only the first week.

Also! Side note: 1Ls have this program we sign up for that gives you a 2L or 3L mentor (and although it may be nerdy I signed up for it) and my 2L mentor actually said he just recently got Getting to Maybe this summer to better his own skills and he’s been suggesting it to everyone. So, major win for GTM in my eyes. And my Global Lawyering Skills class (which is basically the same as Legal Research and Writing), one of our required books is Plain English for Lawyers, which is also a book that was on my 0L prep list. I didn’t get to read it, but if I had, or if someone were to read my 0L prep post as far as my one and a half week of 1L experience goes lol, it’s definitely a good book list!

Which brings me toooo Orientation!

It was 3 days (too) long but offered a lot of insight, they had a briefing session, mock class, and other tips and tricks that were realistic and practical that have helped me in this first week. I think it was also partially depressing though lol, so much about depression, and becoming overwhelmed and substance abuse etc. etc….

On the one hand, we obviously all know what we’re getting into (or at least I’d hope people would’ve considered the stress ahead of time) but it’s a whole ‘nother thing to have a million sessions, and experts come in and tell us about how to be deal with the craziness that is going to ensue…I mean where’s the optimism? The good parts? lol

as described by my school haha

Anyway it ended Friday, and Monday was my first day of class.

I have Torts, Criminal Law, Global Lawyering Skills (LRW) and Property.

In my head I was thinking it wouldn’t get crazy as far as reading, and the amount of work until week 2 because it’s mainly introduction to these different types of law.


Yesterday was day 2 and I’m already a little overwhelmed. I’m getting through it, staying above water, but this weekend I plan to super study so that I can get ahead of the reading hopefully up to Wednesday, but I’ll settle for Tuesday. That way, on Monday I’ll be reading for Thursday and Tuesday for Friday, and so on. Even if a case or reading turns out to be harder than others I’ll have a day cushion in between so that I will continue to be ahead.

I’m going to post a more detailed study schedule once I work it out this weekend so if anyone’s interested in organizing your schedule, look out for that!

That’s about it for updates. My hopes for the coming weeks are 1. to make FRIENNDDSS lol, I’m in a whole new city and all I’ve got is acquaintances I met during orientation but the potential friendships are blossoming lol 2. get ahead of reading and 3. create a real solid schedule so that I can do some things beyond studying (which is all I’ve done for the last 4 days) like working out, blogging, etc.

To my fellow 1Ls, how have your first weeks gone? What’s the workload like?

Guess who’s back

Back again

So I have been truly MIA and the worst blogger ever…but in my defense lol it wasn’t on purpose.

There was 2 weeks before I moved that went by way to quickly and I had no time to do anything. I’ve been in Sacramento about 2 weeks and I didn’t have internet in my apartment until 9:00am this morning (which actually made me a little late to my 9:15am class…but that’s another story). So my only option was to blog in the library but this is the first week of school and I haven’t had anytime beyond reading, still somewhat unpacking, and occasionally sleeping and feeding myself to get to it.

Today however, since I have internet at home, before I get into Torts and Global Lawyering Skills I’m going to update you all! I’m also writing a bunch of posts that will be qued so that even if I don’t have time to blog everyday there will always be something coming through the que.

Okay, lets get to the updates!

Law School Worries: The Boyfriend

I have been waiting a long time for law school. Some might call me crazy, but I have read more blogs, forums, and miscellaneous law school articles than probably like 90% of law students. That being said, I’ve read blogs of all types, paralegals to law students, married law students, christian law students, people going back to school after working for years, law students entering right after college, old, young, single, Canadian, Indian, British, vampires…you name it, I’ve probably read a blog from their perspective.


brings me to the latest law school worry- The Boyfriend.

If you haven’t guessed it yet…I have a boyfriend!

We’ve been together since Junior year of high school. (7 years and counting)

yea i know..we’re cute

And in short, almost every law student/blog/article basically says

Law school is where romance and love go to die.

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I think the excitement is wearing off and the nervousness is kicking in…

Moving to Law School in 3 weeks!

How did we get here so fast?

As you can probably guess…I’m super far behind in my Law School 0L Prep.

i am ashamed

Life got in the way, and when I wasn’t busy, instead of making myself busy with reading I opted for enjoying my non-busyness. BUT, I’m starting LEEWS this week and tomorrow I’m going to post some of the general things I learned from Getting to Maybe.

In the end… I’ll still be proud of whatever I can get through in the next 3 weeks because I’m still going to be ahead of at least 80% of my class, and 100% of the people who did nothing.

some people call it arrogance- i call it being the best *walks down hall in a suit with sunglasses on like a boss*

(or so I hope haha)

Law School Doesn’t care that your broke: Basic Tips for getting through those 0L expenses

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks. Life and moving preparations have gotten in the way of my blogger dreams.

In the midst of all these preparations I’ve realized (even more so) the title of this post-“Law School doesn’t care that I’m broke”. If I estimate the total cost of applications, transcripts, seat deposits, housing deposit, and first months rent, moving expenses (etc.) I think I’ve spent (or am going to spend in the next 30 days) almost $3000…three-thousand-dollars…and that’s just in the last few months. I knew law school would be expensive, but no one ever tells you it starts BEFORE you even get to take a class. For those stable adults with full time jobs who have decided to go back to school to get their JD or those trust fund babies who have handbags worth more than that, I’m sure it’s not as big of a deal.

But for a new college grad who isn’t working…

nervous laughter

lets just say I owe it to God for making it all possible.

Since I don’t think there’s enough advice or posts about expenses as a “0L” here’s a few basic financial tips for those thinking of applying to law school!

Here we Go…

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Kristin Does [0L Prep-MINI Update]

I’m still getting through Getting to Maybe. I’ve been kind of distracted but time’s winding down and I’ve been working harder on getting through it this week so I can get to the next book.

Hopefully I’ll finish by this weekend and and I can do a real update on some of the things I’m learning. I haven’t finished and I haven’t started law school, but I’ve gotta say it feels like it is helping me a lot. I’m already understanding how I should be thinking, and it’s helped me to think about and plan how I’ll take notes and what I should focus on. Additionally through the various examples explaining techniques I’ve also  learned a couple things about the law! Nothing extensive, but some points in major cases that everyone learns about first year so that’s also a benefit.

It’s 15 chapters, and each chapter has like 4 parts to it so it’s a lot to get through but I’m definitely feeling like it’s worth it. Look out for a ‘for real’ update next week and I’ll talk about some of the major points in the book.

P.S. If you’re looking for the book, it was pretty easy for me to find it online, but if you can’t, I’m going to add a “contact form” page this week and if you fill it out I’ll email it to you or send you a link to where I found it (some schools/professors have posted it so definitely all safe sites).

Law School Worries: 1L 15?

You know that whole rumor about people going to college and gaining the “freshman 15”?

Well…it’s not a rumor.

I’m those people…and shameful to say, it actually turned out to be more like a freshman 30 and it didnt take freshman year, it only took the first semester.

It’s pretty common, you go from having your meals cooked or decided for you by your parents to fending for youself. Cooking for yourself, choosing your own meals, staying up however late and being in dorms makes it no easier. Hanging out in the lounge till 2am, what else are you going to do but have midnight snacks? Cafeteria food not looking good today? Burger, pizza, or burrito (my weakness) it is!

Especially when your like me and you came from a house where you never had as much access to all these things. I grew up eating chex and kix, takeout/fastfood was a treat, and buying anything beyond water,icetea or fruit juice meant it was probably a special occasion (party, bbq etc.).

So when I say I went wild, I WENT WILD. I discovered the gloriousness that is Ben&Jerrys, probably had fast food for at least 1 meal 5 times a week,  drank all the soda, starbucks, and energy drinks I wanted, it was a lot of unhealthy madness.

Freshman Year’s motto

After first semester I tried a little harder to watch all the junk food but I fluctuated a lot, losing some, gaining some, losing some gaining some.

An annoying cycle…BUT

Junior year I got it together!

I worked hard, I ate good, and it paid off. I lost 40lbs (and kept it off)! I was even pretty close to some abs coming in before I moved back in January.

However, as I’ve said in a previous post the last 6 months of my life have mainly been like

couch potato status

so I feel like I’ve lost my fitness drive and I really need to get back to it. I don’t want to get so overwhelmed with law school that I forget to take care of myself. With the amount of work and studying I’ll be doing it’s easy to fall into a habit of takeout or frozen dinners every night, along with energy drink induced all nighters.

If I’m going to get back in the groove of regularly working out and getting on that Jada Pinkett status (because how is it legal to look that good? and at 43!) I’ve got to start now.

I’ve just got to get my motivation back…

Surprisingly a lot of the 1L advice post I’ve read (links here) have stressed the importance of exercise. Not only is it good for your overall health, but it’s good for your brain, it keeps you energized and keeps those endorphins up to fend off that ever present law school depression. And as cliche as it is to say, when you eat good you feel good. And when you feel good the studying will probably be a lot easier.

On the one hand it wont be the same as Freshman year. I’ve been on my own, I’m a pretty good (nearing ridiculously awesome) cook and I’ve made exercising a regular part of my life before. On the other hand, it’s the getting back to it that takes all the work. I’m hoping blogging about it will force me to be a little more accountable, because if it’s up to me to make myself go workout I’d rather play sims all day, but if I blog about it don’t I actually have to do it? haha

I think I might do an ab or leg challenge for the month of July so I may post a general plan or inspiration (once I get some).

But in the mean time, any tips for getting motivated? How do you do it? Let me know! I need hellpp