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Friday, September 24, 2010

Better or Worse

The second year of law school is both better and worse than the first year. Better because the process is old hat by now. Worse because there is way more shit to do than first year, and less time to do it in.

This week was rather rough. I spent last weekend preparing all my readings for this week so that I could spend my afternoons and evenings during the week writing my trade secrets memo. Normally I read half of my week's reading over the weekend, so doing it all meant I was working double time last weekend, much to Mr. E's neglect.

Then to make matters worse, the memo was just not coming out right at all. I spent three days writing it, and I can't say I'm too please with the finished product. I was struggling to organize my analysis while trying to answer all the questions posed in my scenario. It wasn't just a matter of assess the claims and come up with defenses, but also, what additional information do we need from our client, and how can we prevent the plaintiff from getting an injunction, and address all that in 1800 words. Not enough space to do everything justice. So organization was difficult because I needed to cram a lot of info into only 6 pages. We are graded on a curve, so I can't predict how I did, but if I were graded against my own ability to come up with sound legal analysis, I'd give myself a C. Yuck.

I have one more expertship for my sales contracts class next Tuesday, so I've got that to prepare for this weekend. It will be a doozy, too. I just spent an hour scanning the statutes I will need for my analysis, and there are many. Usually you need 3-4 per assignment, but this one has so many I lost count.

On top of that, it seems this week that each of my class readings is weighing on the lengthy side of roughly 30 pages rather than the usual 20.

Just... kill me... now...


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5 comments:

nova said...

This is so smart. I wish I had kept a journal of my time in school. I've been out for roughly four months and I'm already idealizing the hell out of it.

I have that thing going on that happens to women after they give birth, I'm thinking "Oh, it wasn't so bad, the stress couldn't have been so terrible."

The Over-Thinker said...

I miss school. Truly. I shall live vicariously through your workload and assy-days. Although, I still have assy-days, they're not classy-assy which you have in law-school, but, rather, lame-assy.

Have missed you...

Sra said...

Whoa, O-T, I thought you dropped off the face of the internets. Thanks for commenting. I thought maybe I missed school during the summer, but it turns out I was wrong. Maybe the grass is always greener on the other side.

Sra said...

Whoa, O-T, I thought you dropped off the face of the internets. Thanks for commenting. I thought maybe I missed school during the summer, but it turns out I was wrong. Maybe the grass is always greener on the other side.

The Over-Thinker said...

I miss school. Truly. I shall live vicariously through your workload and assy-days. Although, I still have assy-days, they're not classy-assy which you have in law-school, but, rather, lame-assy.

Have missed you...

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