Sunday, November 13, 2011

T minus One Month

The first semester of law school goes on.  I thought I would have more time to post, but my free time is rightfully spent with my wife, who diligently continues to support me by cooking every meal, doing all the chores, and taking care of our dogs.  I should also mention that she is working full-time from home.  I could not do this without her.

Today is exactly one month prior to my first final exam.  For a 1L, the impending approach of exams can be scary.  I believe I've mentioned this previously, but your exam results from the first semester set a tone for your future.  

I've almost always done well in school, and I thrive on academic success.  A law school of UConn's caliber attracts some very smart people.  My class has MDs, PhDs, and several people with master's degrees.  The curve, however, is a mandatory B average.  Getting all A's is not probable.  We had a practice exam question in my Torts class, and 3 people of 66 got A's.  Needless to say I was not one of them.  Nevertheless, I'm coming to grips with the fact that I might not be the best law student.  I at least need to be above average.  A B+ or an A- average should empower me with plenty of opportunities to do what I want.  I think I can do this with continual focus and a little extra effort down the stretch.

Someone told me that success on the LSAT (the law school admission test) is not a good measure of what kind of student you will be, and that your GPA as a student is not a good measure of what kind of attorney you will be.  Unfortunately, most firms and courts can differentiate you only through grades.

I'm still enjoying the ride, and I have learned a lot of law in the past 2.5 months.  I absorb the material more quickly now, although there are so many subtleties one cannot absorb them all in such a short time frame.  I've written memos (the legal terminology for 'papers') on whether a horrible boss can be sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, whether a company must allow a disable CFO to work from home, and whether a boy could recover for injuries suffered in a dog attack on a neighbor's property.  The answer to all of these questions is the same: it depends.

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