I have been invited to join the staff of the Chicago Journal of International Law for the coming year, and have accepted. I’m looking forward to the experience!
It seems like a recap of my year might be a potentially useful thing, either for those who wonder why I’ve suddenly become so bad at keeping in touch or for those who go through this, next year.
There were two big lessons of the year, for me:
- Rely heavily on practicing with old exams (actually working them, not skimming them like I usually did).
- Proofread/sanity-check your exam responses, even given the time pressure. A single foolish error might have enormous consequences for your grade.
Personally, it was an extremely difficult year, aside from school. Partly as a result of that fact and partly because I didn’t discover the proper exam-taking strategy (for me, anyway) until halfway through the second quarter exam cycle, I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. All in all, though, I really can’t complain, given the number of times law school was literally the last thing on my mind.
What follows is a class-by-class breakdown of what I did to prepare and whether or not it worked. Continue reading “1L Recap”
My American Legal Theory grade came back, today. For once, it looks like hard work really does pay off in law school!
I am no longer a 1L. Thank goodness.
I took my property exam, yesterday; I was a little terrified, at first, but think it’ll turn out just fine.
This last quarter was insane. The first two quarters started kind of leisurely, each featured a sprint in the middle to get writing assignments done, then settled into a manageable but steady grind through finals. This last quarter started a little slow (UVA softball and admitted students weekend made it feel pretty relaxed), ramped into a sprint for the brief, and stayed at that level for another month and a half. I was talking to some of my classmates, last night, who all seemed to feel the same way about it. It was simply unbelievable.
As a result, I pulled dozens of late nights and a couple all-nighters, have probably 120 pounds of reading material piled on my table and more on my desk, have 868 unread e-mails in my inbox (most of them are newsletters and such, but still), have a pile of boxes in the hall that I haven’t had time to take out as trash, have a sink full of dishes, and feel completely out of touch with the world around me.
Fortunately, that’s all over, for I am no longer a 1L! Wow, that feels good.
Plans for this weekend: poker with my buddies, probably dinner and a trip north with the same, lots of college baseball, lots of catching up on the world, and lots of sleep. All else can wait until I am sane again.
P.S. For those who missed this, I will be working as a research assistant for Professor Todd Henderson, this summer, which means I will be in Chicago. If you’re around, look me up! If you have already tried to look me up (by, say, calling or sending me an e-mail) and haven’t heard back, please try again. Sorry!
That’s what I keep muttering under my breath, as I walk around in a post-criminal-law stupor. It’s not that I think I did badly (I think I did just fine, though I also don’t think that what I think is connected to what grade I will get), but that it was an absurd test and the general consensus is that it was a complete crapshoot. At least it’s over.
If I can snap out of the stupor, I think I’ll try to prepare for property, now…
I have posted my American Legal Theory paper, The Case of Experience v. Efficiency: An Examination of the Influence of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., on Judge Richard Posner, to my writings page. Enjoy! Commentary is, of course, invited and welcome (why else would I put this stuff on the web?).
1 down, 2 to go. I think Civil Procedure went really well, but I’ve also given up on trying to predict law school exam results.
That was my away message for most of this week. I just turned in my first law school paper, for American Legal Theory. Final tallies:
- 25 pages
- 97 footnotes
- 6,193 words text
- 3,386 words footnotes
- 80 hours working time (roughly)
- 10 pots of coffee (very roughly)
- 3 Red Bulls
- 1 all-nighter
- 1 year off my life expectancy (minimum)
At least it’s done. I’ll post it to my writings page, sometime this summer (I think I should wait until my peers turn theirs in).
So, I’m starting to think next year is going to be completely nuts. I’m going to be an officer in three different student groups; I am helping BLSA organize a debate on race and the legal community; I want to remain involved in admissions and related activities; I’m hoping to be on a journal; and I’m toying with the idea of doing Moot Court (which I can, apparently, do my third year, instead). Somewhere in there, I’d like to have some fun. Gonna be a busy year…