New Semester; New Challenges
ORIGINALLY POSTED 1/26/11–I’m still a bit frazzled with my new semester schedule and haven’t even finished updating my calendar with all my upcoming events. Although I’m still part-time, I’m taking 5 classes and wow, there’s so much work to do. I’m also putting in 20 hours a week at two different jobs which is going to take some getting used to.
This semester I’m taking two drafting classes and have writing assignments due pretty much every week. So far we’ve started slow in Litigation Drafting and have prepared only a short memo and a demand letter, but I’m sure it will get harder as we go. We also turn in weekly time sheets and track the hours we spend on our “client’s” case. It’s these types of practical skills that I hope will put me ahead of the learning curve once law school is a distant memory.
I’m really enjoying my Estate Administration Practicum and even purchased the suggested notebook of drafting materials. I was giddy just going through the contents including a nifty CD of forms. My friend Lyndsay (a fellow blogger) and I were laughing and agree that we feel like such nerds getting excited over probate forms! I’m also taking Texas Pre-Trial and Marital Property which are both tested on the bar exam.
For me, there’s always one class each semester about which I’m really excited and this time it’s State and Local Government Law. I know I want to be a government lawyer. I’ve worked for so many different government entities in my professional life and spending last summer immersed in municipal law just reaffirmed where my heart belongs. Working in government law I’ve always found that some of the best and brightest are there, many of whom have been wonderful mentors to me over the years. Obviously, Wednesday afternoon is the highlight of my week getting my next dose of Government Law.