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!


About LegalTrenches

I graduated law school in May 2012 and have been blogging about my experience as a non-traditional student since my 2L year. I live over 200 miles from my law school and so I commuted two round trips a week from the beginning. I put almost 1000 miles a week on my car. Law school is crazy. It's even crazier as a non-traditional commuter student, but I wouldn't have had it any other way! I blogged my way through bar prep and sat for the July 2012 Texas Bar exam. Hopefully some of my experiences will help out those taking the bar exam after me. On Nov. 1, 2012, I received my bar results and became an officially licensed Texas lawyer! Follow me as I transition into the legal world as a brand new baby lawyer. I'll try to keep it light and promise to keep it real.

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