Randomness from a 2005 graduate of The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University


Monday, June 28, 2004

Work just suddenly became too hard today. I'm sure it will pass, but right now I am so overwhelmed that I don't want to go back tomorrow. It's all my fault really. Last week I started asking for assignments from the attorneys I hadn't worked for yet, and they all quickly obliged with huge projects. I am actually excited about most of them, but I now have like 11 assignments due sometime this week. Also, after the last few weeks being so long because of taking classes, I think I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to be entirely rested by today, and that just didn't happen. I went in thinking I would feel all energized, and instead at one point I found myself leaning my forehead on my computer screen. Never good. I guess it takes more than two (non-restful) days to recover from being exhausted. It's good for me to remember that this is a job, though, and not every day will be enjoyable. |

Friday, June 25, 2004

Keep on Rockin' in the Free World

I just got back from seeing Fahrenheit 9/11 and it was outstanding. I didn't know what to expect because my general opinion is that Michael Moore is fairly crazy. Plus I don't generally like documentaries, because I dislike movies without plots. I was worried that the film would be over the top and more propaganda than documentary and that the people in the audience would be screaming and making a scene. I was totally wrong, except the audience did clap a lot. (I don't clap at movies; the actors are not there)

The two most impressive aspects of the movie were how it dealt with September 11th and how it dealt with the soldiers. The way Moore addressed the actual terrorist attacks was the most tasteful, powerful coverage I have seen. Rather than showing a single shot of the towers or any gruesome shots at all, he used sound and image to remind us all of what it was like without crossing any lines. He also showed remarkable respect for the sacrifices made by soldiers and other enlisted people. He interviewed them and their families and really portrayed military service as a noble choice. He managed to do this while also focusing on the disproportionate number of lower class people who enlist and highlighting the futility of the ongoing deaths.

The other thing I really liked was just how informative the movie was. I read the paper and try to stay informed, but this movie really helped bring together a lot of the fragments of information I have taken in over the last few years. How anyone who is literate can support Bush is beyond me. It was a great movie. With a great soundtrack. I hope he doesn't have to make a sequel. |
I hate blogger. And the blogger people. |

Thursday, June 24, 2004

I'm back. I am now officially done with my summer classes, so I will actually have free time to blog, to work on my independent study paper, and maybe even to have fun. The classes were all very good, but I am so relieved. I always push myself just a little too far. Right now I feel like I could totally collapse at any moment. Hopefully I can recover a little this weekend.

I love my job. Have I mentioned that? I am getting to work on so many fun, interesting things. Maybe not everyone thinks writing motions or responses to motions or responses to responses to motions is exciting, but I certainly do. And writing interrogatories and deposition questions is lots of fun too. SO MUCH FUN! I hope everyone else is enjoying their summer just as much as I am. |

Friday, June 18, 2004

I have made it to the end of the longest week ever. Class in the morning, followed by work, followed by class again until 9pm was truly exhausting. Next week won't be substantially better because work all day is at least as tiring as the class/work combo, and the night class isn't over yet. But no more homework, which should help. All I want to do now is sleep, but knowing that Party of Five is on in 10 minutes, I just can't.

I decided that I think summer has a negative impact on law student blogging. People are going on honeymoons, they are graduating, and just generally everyone is posting less and the posts are becoming less interesting. I include myself in this assessment. Come on, people! Summer is the time for adventures. It's the time for summer flings or spontaneous road trips. At least give me more funny clerking stories.

I have a bit of a dilemma. I need a date one month from today. For my sister's wedding. Since I have officially given up dating, there are no real prospects. There is one person I could probably ask, but I feel awkward about it. I shouldn't since I don't even like him romantically, but I do. So if you know anyone who is at least 5'10" and wants to go to a somewhat non-traditional wedding, let me know. |

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Supposedly my permalinks are gone. As I've mentioned before, I don't actually know what that means. I can change colors, but that's about it. So if anyone can tell me how to get these magical permalinks back, let me know. Also, how do I make a link to someone else's page go to a specific post? I'm assuming that is essentially what a permalink does. |
Okay, I'm tired of people fighting in my comments, so I figured I better post something new. I am so excited to be a lawyer. That is what I have learned this summer. It's not a revelation or anything, but doing some semi-practical work and taking fun, practical classes has been awesome. I am actually looking forward to going back to school in the fall too, because it really is fun to learn about areas of law that are interesting. But I am still really enjoying work, so I'm not in too big of a hurry for the summer to end. I wonder if the people at work can see my enthusiasm, or if they can, if they think it is fake.

And an unrelated comment....America's Next Top Model is back!!!!! |

Thursday, June 10, 2004

The Legacy of a President...

I tried to restrain myself, but when even Chris is honoring Reagan, I just can't stay silent. I was born shortly after Carter was elected, but the first president I remember is Reagan. I was 12 when he left office, so I don't remember him that well, but some aspects of his presidency are indelibly imprinted on my memory. I vividly remember sitting with my parents watching the Iran-Contra hearings. I remember a president who thought that he was outside the law; that the Constitution did not apply to him. I remember when he nominated Robert Bork for the Supreme Court - a man who also found his own ways to manipulate and warp the Constitution. I remember reaganomics, and the propaganda of an administration that was increasing the gap between rich and poor every day. This is the legacy of the president who has recently died. I do not celebrate his death, because I am sure his family is grieving. However, I do not personally grieve for his death. I grieve for the legacy he left America. |

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Apologies to Better Late Than Never for taking so long to link... Now that I'm finally doing so, I will also follow MLS's lead and answer BLTN's questions here.

1. How much time per week do you spend studying?

My first year I did treat studying as a full time job. What that meant for me was that I was at school or the campus Starbucks by 8:30am almost every day. I went to class and did my reading in between classes. At 4:00 when class was over, I went home, and that was the end of my studying for the day under normal circumstances. Then on Saturday mornings I would read for 3-4 hours to get a little bit ahead for the following week. Remember, with a full time job, when you leave the office you get to go home and relax. My second year I ended up having to read for at least a couple hours every night because I was so busy during the day with clinics/work/interviews/etc. that I could rarely read during the day. I studied enough to never fall behind, to not have to outline anything in a single weekend, but not nearly as much as some people. And I have no regrets.

2. What's your perception of competition at the school? How have you dealt with it?

I think it is definitely competitive, but there are a lot of ways to deal with that. I think the most important thing to help anyone enjoy law school is to truly not allow grades to define you. Whether you get straight As, straight Cs, or somewhere in between, you need to recognize that you have an identity beyond your GPA. You have an identity beyond your job. You have an identity beyond law school. If you keep those things in mind, and really believe them, the competition will be apparent to you, but will not consume you.

As a side note, some of the competition/nastiness is just plain weird. People will judge the way you dress; people will talk about who you hang out with; people will suddenly stop and start talking to you for unknown reasons. I think this is partially a function of many people still being in a college mindset. But really, I just don't get it.

3. Anything you would recommend reading (or doing) before school starts?

I would recommend reading for fun. You will not have time or energy to do so again for a long, long time. I would recommend going on a vacation. I read all the guides to lawschool because I was so excited. They didn't teach me anything especially useful, but they helped satisfy my anticipation. I read a civil procedure hornbook for months before school started. It didn't help. Enjoy your free time and trust that you are as prepared as you can be before actually getting to class.

I'm sure you can see that there is a very wide range of approaches to law school. My only real advice is to figure out not even what "works best for you," but what makes you happiest. Good luck.

Monday, June 07, 2004

What was I thinking?? Taking a class in the morning while working full time was just plain silly. I already love my current class though, so it is worth it. It is just exhausting and stressful to get to work and have messages waiting from people who forgot I wouldn't be there and deadlines looming that I will barely be able to meet. But of course somehow I will find a way. I will just be really tired at the end of the next few weeks. And hopefully I will have learned something along the way and not gotten fired in the process. |

Sunday, June 06, 2004

I just wrote an email that was so revealing of my innermost feelings that I still feel vulnerable and emotional about it. And no, it was not to a guy. It was just me opening myself up to a friend and being honest about what I have been experiencing lately. For me, it is hard being friends with law school people (and people in general) on a completely honest level, because I always feel like they are too wrapped up in their own lives to care about mine. I realize that is my own issue and intellectually I know that my closest friends at school are quite the opposite. Sometimes it just seems like everyone else is going through so many crises that I don't want to burden them with mine. But this morning I went to church, and it was one of those days when the message felt like it was directed only to me. It was about the need to confess everything that is wrong in your life, even the littlest things, to people you trust in order to deal with it and be free from it. It was also about confession of traditional "sin" and confession to God, but it was the need to be emotionally honest with those people who are close to you that really touched me. So, to my friends who I know read this, I am sorry for not always being completely open with you. I have been experiencing a lot of things that I should have been talking about with you. I am just scared and insecure, but I know I should trust you, and I will try to do so more in the future. Look, I just confessed to all of cyberspace! |

Thursday, June 03, 2004

I might be on my way to being a real lawyer. I had my first golf lesson last night. In 7 weeks I have to play in the company golf outing. It's a scramble, so it won't really matter that I have no clue what I'm doing, but everyone takes it so seriously that I don't want to look like a complete idiot. The lesson went remarkably well actually. I was instructed to go to the driving range and keep practicing. And my instructor even told me when the cute guys are usually there... |

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Today the school sent us an email about judicial clerkships. Basically it said they were glad so many people had already expressed interest and turned their lists in and other generally encouraging sorts of stuff. Then it suggested that some people need to expand their lists and others need to narrow their lists. There is a slight chance I am in the second group. There is also a slight chance that the second comment was aimed ONLY at me. You see I spent many, many hours (like 20) narrowing the list down....to 1028 judges. I fully recognize that is an absurd number. Assuming it costs on average 75 cents to mail the applications that is $771, and it would probably cost more than that to mail the applications anyway with recommendations and writing samples and three day windows. So obviously I intend to cut the list down further, but that is hard to do when you're looking at a list of more than 3,000 judges. So far I've narrowed it down by eliminating magistrate judges, places I would absolutely never want to go, and judges who require certain degrees or experienced lawyers. But that leaves a lot. I am willing to go a lot of places for what I have no doubt would truly be the greatest legal job ever. And I'm not exactly highly qualified, so I figure if I apply everywhere it raises the odds slightly. I will narrow my list based on several remaining factors, but I'm not going to be pressured into narrowing it more than I want or before I am ready. |