With my first year of law school.  :)

Only two more years to go!

I want this!

It’s a TARDIS cookie jar!  You can find it on http://www.bbcamericashop.com.  Now that you know where to find it, you can go ahead and buy it for me.  It’s ok, I’ll wait.

And I realize that I’ve just “outed” myself as a Doctor Who lover, but really, it’s an awesome show.  Go watch it.

One final down, two to go!  And one paper, but that’s not nearly so bad.

So, I have my four-hour long (!) property final tomorrow at 9 am.

It’s all multiple choice (with some true/false thrown in for good measure).

I’m terrified.  You can’t BS your way through a multiple choice exam!  I mean, it’s like my professor actually expects me to know this stuff.  The nerve!

Alright, I’m going to bed.  No point studying anymore, and I have to get up early tomorrow since I’m currently staying with my parents (I hate studying in the law library during finals…way too intense).  I have about an hour drive back to school, so I’m planning on leaving a bit early just in case there’s loads of traffic.  I figure the sooner I get there, the more time I have to cram various stuff in my head (like the Rule Against Perpetuities, which can suck it).

My first law school final (Constitutional Law I) for the spring semester is tomorrow.

I’m a bit nervous.

One big reason why I’m nervous is because it’s closed book.  I hate closed book exams.  I feel like I know the material well, but I like having an outline with me, just in case I forget something.  It’s like a security blanket.

Another reason why I’m nervous is because my professor is an extremely tough grader.  She tends to give out a lot of Cs, and the last few years she’s even had several Ds and Fs.  *insert worried expression here*  Oy, I hope I do well.  Especially since she’s my professor for Constitutional Law II next semester.

Alright, just a little bit more studying, then off to bed.  Wish me luck!

I told my dad about my previous post, and all the problems I’ve encountered with the phrase, “Do you mind if I…?”

His solution?  “I think you need smarter friends.”

HA.

I know I’m in the middle of studying for finals, and should therefore be thinking about much more important things.  Like contracts, or constitutional law, for example.  But this has been bugging me for awhile now, and I’m doing everything I can to avoid work.  So here we go.

I absolutely hate it when people ask, “Do you mind if I…?”  HATE.  Now I’m sure most people don’t think about this phrase as much as I do, and it most likely doesn’t bug other people.  But it really bugs me.

Okay, so when somebody says, “Do you mind if I…?” I believe the correct way to answer is with a Yes or No.  So if you do mind (and therefore don’t want the other person to do whatever they’re asking to do), you answer with a “Yes.”  But if you don’t mind (thereby allowing the other person to do whatever), you answer with a “No.”  So, “Yes, I do mind” or “No, I don’t mind.”  Get it?  Okay, here’s my problem.

Most people I’ve spoken to don’t seem to get this reasoning.  A few months ago, I invited several friends over to my house for a little get together.  Nothing too big, just pizza and chatting.  One of my friends texted me, and asked “Do you mind if I bring my boyfriend over?”  I texted back something along the lines of, “No, of course not!  Bring whoever.”  She ended up not bringing him, because she thought I didn’t want him to come.  Another example is even more recent.  My roomie texted me and asked “Do you mind if I bring a friend over to watch the game?”  I immediately texted back, “No go ahead.  I’ll be working in my room anyway.”  But she hasn’t come over yet.  Which makes me think that she also misinterpreted my response.

Okay, rant over.  Now back to studying.

This afternoon our career services center had an information session on fall recruiting.  A lady from the office and two students (a 2L and a 3L) were there to give us advice.  Unfortunately the entire thing was such a huge waste of time.

First of all?  I know I need a resume and cover letter.  That’s very obvious.  You don’t need to spend a huge chunk of time telling us all how important they both are.  Instead, why don’t you tell us how many employers participate in OCI, how many big law/public interest/etc, and how many us of will actually get jobs?  Those are the facts we really want and need to know.

Secondly?  Were those two students really the best you could do?  OMG.  The 2L was a total Debbie Downer.  He told us that he’s a really good student, but didn’t manage to get a job during fall recruiting (“I was really hopeful, at first”).  He then went on and on about how important grades are to getting jobs.  After he finished speaking, I was left thinking that I wouldn’t hire him either.  Who wants to work with such a “down” person!  And the 3L wasn’t much better.  At least she wasn’t a Debbie Downer.  She spoke about networking, and how she networked with a person while flying to Colorado (where she wants to work), who set her up to interview for a teaching position at the University of Colorado.  I’m happy for her, but teaching?  I doubt that’s a law related field.  And not everybody has to go into a law field after graduating from law school, but right now most of us really want to practice law.

So what did I get out of this session?  Unfortunately, not much.  I knew going into law school that grades are super important for big law jobs (which thankfully I don’t want anyway…my grades aren’t that good!), and that networking is also very important.  AND I can proudly say that while my grades are not the best (definitely not top 20%!), I used networking to my advantage and scored a 1L summer job in January while most of my classmates were still looking.  So I’m planning on using networking to my advantage again.  Fingers crossed!

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