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


Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Read Steve's last six posts. I feel as though there is nothing else for any of us to say. He has put into several paragraphs everything that is the law school experience, and he has done so beautifully.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

It has been a busy week. Or two, or three. I am finally completely moved into my new place, and will be celebrating tonight with a party. I hope the rain doesn't keep people away. At least my parents will come.

Finally, I am starting to feel settled into a manageable routine. School is certainly not going to be overly stressful this semester, I now have set hours at my job, and my externship seems like it is going to be great. (I loved it my first day! I am so glad I decided to do it.) Now that I no longer have to spend all my free time moving and unpacking I can actually enjoy myself and relax. Remarkably, that might even mean a little pleasure reading. And hopefully a couple trips to visit friends out of town in the next couple of months.

Okay, I am looking outside, and I would not go to a party in that weather. 60 beers and 9 bottles of wine is going to be a lot for me to drink alone.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Speaking of outing bloggers and overwhelmingly male classes... Today I was in class and another student mentioned that he has a blog. I am dying to know if he is one of our currently anonymous known bloggers, or if he is someone the rest of us don't know about yet. The percentage of people in the class with blogs that I know of is actually greater than the percentage of the class that is female.

Monday, August 23, 2004

I just got up at 4am to work on a memo. This does not make me happy. I knew working during school was going to be a bad idea. I just thought it would take longer to feel this way. Hopefully once I have a regular schedule it will be better. Now I'm going back to bed.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Hey, did all you other Moritz bloggers know that there is a 2L who has been consistently blogging since January and a 3L who has been blogging since March??? I wonder how many more secret Moritz bloggers are out there...
Sooner or later you sleep in your own space

Tonight is my first night in my new apartment. I am excited and relieved to finally be moved. Mostly moved. But it is also weird. I moved into my last apartment two years ago, a week after starting law school. (Not a good time to move, if you are considering it). I moved because I had been living with my (ex) boyfriend and he lost control more than usual one day and started throwing furniture. I signed a lease of my own the next day, but he started virtually living at my new apartment the day I moved in. So even though I haven't spoken to him in over a year, that apartment was a constant reminder of him. So I am very glad to finally be in my own space. And I am very pleased with the space I chose. I remember last fall feeling completely lost having to make decisions without anyone to discuss them with, but it was actually a relief to find this apartment without having to take anyone else's demands into consideration. It makes me feel really good about the year ahead. I am accepting a permanent job without having to discuss it with anyone. I am going to apply for clerkships with only myself to worry about. I can do anything I want to, and at last I am enjoying my freedom.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

I know I'm late, but I am finally linking to the esteemed Professor Berman, whose Sentencing Law and Policy blog is accumulating accolades far more quickly than its author is writing recommendation letters. (Just kidding, kind of...) I, of course, as a Serious Student of Criminal Law, have been reading this informative and provocative blog regularly since its inception. It has been the true must-read of the summer. Hopefully the Court will resolve some of the Blakely madness soon so that order can be restored to the federal judiciary and my fellow students and I can have our professor back from the blogosphere.
Most importantly, Chris, I am ready for you to help me find my missing permalinks...please.

I am feeling so overwhelmed. I just want to hide. And I don't entirely know why I'm feeling this way. Okay, maybe I do. I am moving this week which is always a big project. A big, tiring, I can't lift my arms anymore project. And of course school started yesterday, although I am not yet consciously feeling any stress about that. The main problem is work. I have so many projects and not enough time to do them. This is only a problem because I told them I would not be available last week or this week because of all my school/moving obligations and that they could have me back next week. They pretty much ignored me. It's my fault because I shouldn't have let them, but in the end, here I am feeling overwhelmed. The motions I frantically wrote a couple days ago were one thing, but now I have to write a memo about bankruptcy stuff. Fraud bankruptcy stuff. That's how much I know about bankruptcy, which is why I am avoiding it. Which only makes it worse. I just have to get everything done and practice saying no. I think that my schedule will be full, but easily manageable starting next week. Now, how to get to next week...

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

It is 14 hours until the first class of my final year of law school. This year is all about taking classes I want to take and learning things I am interested in. I no longer feel any stress about law school because I have come to fully enjoy it. Everything that I have ahead of me this year excited me. I am doing things that will challenge me in so many ways. I know they always say third year they bore you to death, but I'm not worried about that. For the first time, I am able to experience things I have always wanted to do. This fall I am particularly excited about the prosecution practicum and my externship. I know both may not live up to my expectations, but I think a lot of that is up to me. I will put in whatever effort is necessary if I believe it will pay off. I am glad I figured out how to take pleasure in law school, because it make all the difference.

Monday, August 16, 2004

I am on my way to work... :(

Friday, August 13, 2004

Advice for incoming law students:
1. Don't obsess. Don't worry. Don't stress. It's just school.
2. Don't lose your identity. Don't forget that you were a valuable person before you went to law school.
3. Don't drink too much. Drink some, or even lots, but try not to become an alcoholic yet.
4. Do go to class. At least most of the time. You're paying too much not to.
5. Do read your assignments. It can only help you do well and help you learn.
6. Do be nice. Do be open minded. Do treat other people with respect.

I thought I would have more to say. I don't. Just allow yourself to enjoy the opportunity to learn and don't let law school consume you too much.
Things I don't like about fantasy baseball:
1. Being in second place
2. My players on the bench always doing better than those who aren't
3. When the computer is wrong about which pitchers are starting the next day
4. Being in a random yahoo league where I don't know anyone so we can't taunt each other
5. Not playing for money
6. That there are no points for good defense
7. How pitchers stay on the 15 day DL for a month and a half
8. That it demands more of time than some of my classes
9. How warped my perception of real baseball becomes
10. That it doesn't last all year
Looks like I'll be taking the MPRE in November.
3 hours until the MPRE. Let's see how ethical I am...

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

My offer is in writing, so now I'm celebrating all over again!

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

I have a job! It is not formal yet because I am out of the office this week so I have not received official notice, but apparently today my firm made offers to me and the other clerk. The other clerk was told that I received the same offer he did, so that is sufficient for me to believe it and celebrate. There may still be some negotiations ahead, and of course waiting to see about the fantasy of a judicial clerkship, but I HAVE A JOB! At a firm I love! I couldn't be happier.

Monday, August 09, 2004

I'm on my way to journal orientation. Too bad no one thought it was important to tell us what room to go to. This is a less than auspicious beginning to the year.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Update time:

Golf - It was fun, but ugly. Actually, it was only kind of fun. The two guys in our group totally treated me and the other girl like we were in the way. They didn't even watch us hit the ball and kept driving off and losing us while we were hitting. But, it was still fun. I got to bond with the other girl, who I had barely spoken to before, which was cool. And it was fun to see what it was like to actually play since I had previously only been to a driving range. I can definitely see myself getting into golf. I even bought clubs on ebay for $97. (Now there's something I did not need to discover). So, the invitation to the driving range remains open.

Work - Still good, but I am so eager for school to start. I need a break. I need sleep. Even though I will be working part time, it will be so much less demanding. The partners are meeting next week to discuss whether to hire us permanently. Ahhhh....the anticipation! I am actually totally relaxed about it. I know they want to hire us if they decide they can afford to. And more importantly, I know that even they don't hire me, there will be other opportunities and things will work out somehow.

Boys - The guy who is leaving the country said he was going to stop in Columbus and see me for one evening, but he ended up not doing so. He said he left to travel cross country later than he planned and had to make up time and didn't end up stopping anywhere. I believe him, but I'm disappointed. But, given the circumstances, he was never a real prospect anyway. Coffee shop boy moved away last week. :( The guy from Friday night is moving away shortly, and I'm not sure what's up with that situation, but I don't especially care. I got a great, long email today from Brandon. He referred to himself as my friend. That probably shouldn't excite me so much. It just reassures me that I'm not harassing him, although I never really thought that. So, things have been slightly more interesting than normal, but that's not saying a lot.

School - I can't wait for it to start. I am actually kind of dreading one class because I got my grade for my summer class with that professor. For me to get the grade I got in that particular class I should have had to never show up. And I should have had to be openly offensive to the professor in class. And I did quite the opposite; I was fully prepared, participated a lot, quite literally performed as close to perfectly as I could imagine. I have never thought that before. And it was a 1 credit summer class! But I'm not going to mess up my whole schedule and drop a class I'm excited about on that basis. I don't think.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Sometimes I really appreciate my non law school friends, but sometimes I get really frustrated by how little they understand my life. For those of you who don't know me or haven't figured it out, I am not exactly one of those super studious law students. However, I still certain obligations because of the life I have chosen. During the school year I have to read. Right now, I have an actual job with actual expectations. That means sometimes I have to do some work on the weekend (at the coffee shop; my job isn't that rough). If I ever want my stupid paper to get published, I have to keep working on it. I have to go to journal meetings and I have to go to school and enter changes in articles, even in the summer. I don't dislike doing these things. I still have time to go out with friends; I have plenty of time to watch tv; I even read for fun on occasion. So, my point is, I have responsibilities that take up some of my time, but I genuinely feel that I have a reasonable balance to my life. Therefore, I do not appreciate non law school friends acting like it is unreasonable when I have to work or study. I do not get to be a lawyer with no effort. And I am undoubtedly going to be substantially busier when I am actually practicing. So stop giving me a hard time! If I hang out with you three times a week, I am really not neglecting our friendship.
Interesting developments with yet another guy who is moving away in the immediate future...