Writing: A Lawyer’s Bread-n-Butter
ORIGINALLY POSTED 11/3/10–Slowly, my Law and Literature paper has begun to consume my life. Our rough draft is due next week and even the skilled questioning of my classmates and I couldn’t get much clarification from Prof. Ayres. Us: “What exactly do you mean by rough?” Prof. Ayres: “It should be pretty much done.” (So, rough = done??) These are the kinds of cryptic conversations that go on among law professors and law students.
Thankfully, I like my topic: Insurance Bad-Faith Litigation as Illustrated in John Grisham’s, The Rainmaker. I have nearly every Grisham book and this one’s my favorite, so things could be worse. I wish I could fast-forward to the finished product because from this vantage point there’s a whole lot of work to do!
Spring registration is done and I didn’t have to settle for anything I didn’t want. I prepared written scenarios of the various ways my schedule could work out (uh…seven scenarios to be exact!) and I could have had my choice of any. I got the requisite 12 hours plus one more in the winter term, so things are right on track. Every extra hour I get between now and next spring just lightens the load in my last semester. I’m excited to have two drafting classes: Litigation and Estate Planning. It’s all well and good to understand the concept of practicing law, but actually drafting legal documents…well, that’s where it’s at.
Another good thing is that my classes are early which should give me lots of time to study, get a job (I’m still looking!!!), and/or start clicking off my pro bono hours. I’ll continue the twice weekly commute, but will have to go back to leaving Austin by 6am to make my 9am class—I’ve been really spoiled this semester leaving at 7:30 am. Maybe my schedule will have to include time for a nap!
I think I’ll be doing a prospective student event in a couple of weeks, so maybe I’ll get to meet some of you in person. Until then…wish me luck!