From Thinking Like a Lawyer To Becoming a Lawyer

ORIGINALLY POSTED 8/24/11–Although I know intellectually that no amount of planning ever guarantees a plan’s flawless execution, I’m convinced that the Law School Universe seizes on this fact and exploits it at every given opportunity.

So much for thinking that getting a new lap top two weeks before school would save me some time. Nope.  I ended up returning it yesterday because my pre- installed software was corrupt. After spending hours personalizing my computer and setting up my files, I ended up back at square one last night. The domino effect was that it put me behind on reading for today’s Consumer Law, which put me behind reading for Evidence this afternoon. Ugh! At least the store gave me no hassle with the exchange. Good thing, because I would have had to go all “Deceptive Trade Practices Act” on them. Well…whatever I could muster after only one class period. Still, I was ready for battle. Thankfully, I got to skip the drama.

I’m still blogging at the law firm for Randy as I did last semester, but now I’m also going to work with another solo attorney there, Coby. I wanted trial work so they both agreed to sign for my 3L bar card.  Coby gave me a file yesterday, a personal injury case I can work from beginning to end. I’ll be drafting the petition, the discovery and the affidavits—everything. When my card comes in I’ll be able to work with the client, conduct depositions, and appear in court. I feel like a kid with a driving permit! It’s exciting to think that once I get that bar card I will be the “attorney” handling the case. It was kind of funny to see Coby’s face when he gave me the file. He just grinned and said, “You’re gonna take that file home and read it cover to cover, then you’ll have a million more questions, huh?” Yep. By the time I’m ready to move on this I’m gonna know that case file as if I had been sitting in the car with the client. I can’t wait!


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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