Real Life 1L Year: How I did in the “Game of Law”

Remember when I did a whole rant about how law school is a game, and I was arming myself with all the skills and knowledge possible to strategically play the game as well as I could going in?

Well…on the one hand I was right, it is SURELY a game.

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It isn’t the person who works the hardest, nor the person who has the most intelligence who will ultimately win. It’s the person who works the SMARTEST within the system of the game- combined with a superb work ethic- who will win the Game of Law School.

On the other hand…I kind of underestimated the true demand of law school, and overestimated how much the books and blog posts I’d read could prepare me for it.

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Now don’t get me wrong, my preparation definitely put me in a better position than at least half the students of my class. I was also able to deal with the craziness and stress of it all a little better because I knew it was coming.

However, I think it’s kind of like having a baby (assuming here…because I have no kids lol).

It doesn’t matter how many maternity books you read, or how many videos or blogs you read about the experience of birth and parenting.

You don’t know…until you KNOW.

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(essentially…until you’re pushing a baby out your hooha and then raising said baby)

So, I’ll be posting two things about my experience during 1L year of law school.

First, the Top 5 things I did well, and that I’d recommend.

Second, the Top 5 things you should definitely do better than me lol… or you know, not do at all.

 

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Surprise Surprise…I made it to 3L year

AND I’M BACK!

*fingers crossed*

If this is your first time ever seeing a post from me or visiting my page, let me give you a little history…

2 and a half years ago, as I prepared for the tumultuous journey that is law school…I started a blog. In my preparation for law school, whether it was while I was preparing to take the LSAT, when I was deciding which schools to apply to or attend, when figuring out how to write an application that would be accepted, when figuring out how I could prepare myself for law school classes etc. etc…I learned most of what I knew from blogs.

Blogs had been my intimate look into the world of law school and the legal field when I had no one I could personally ask. I don’t come from a family with lawyers, and there was only 1 person I knew who’d actually been to law school.

And I thought, this is a journey I want to share. Not only did I want to be a resource for people like so many blogs have been for me, but I also wanted to give a perspective that you rarely see in the legal/law student blog realm. The perspective of a black law student, and a woman at that.

BUT, for all my reading, and preparation and planning, the first year or law school was one of THE hardest things I’ve ever had to do. To top it off, I got engaged at the end of my first semester, I was planning a wedding throughout my second semester and throughout a summer internship, and after getting married, I was adjusting to one of the hardest/most rewarding/fun/crazy changes of my life…MARRIAGE lol.

Ultimately…all that meant, I fell off the blog grid and didn’t come back until now.

It’s 3L year, I’ve got A LOT on my plate (Moot Court, VP of multiple clubs, involved in multiple clubs, work, and a legal clinic that’s much more involved than most…etc.) but I finally feel (yeah 2 years later…) like I know how to function in law school and live life a little bit.

So here’s to doing something I enjoy, sharing experiences and being a resource to all the future law-babies out there.

A BUNNCCHHH of fun things are coming your way…STAY TUNED.

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.

BOY WAS I WRONG.

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.

Which…

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…

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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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