Yesterday I was lamenting possibly not being able to finish my Master’s thesis. Turns out I can, as long as I obtain permission to do so from my advisory committee, which my supervisor doesn’t think will be a problem.
Today I had my first day of law school orientation. At some points I thought, “I LOVE it here!” At others I inwardly cried, “I DO NOT want to come back tomorrow!”
This seems to be the normal reaction to the first day of law school.
I did score some cool swag, though. All of it is emblazoned with various law firm names. There are book markers, pens, a USB laptop light, a laundry bag (? – although it was a good idea since I could put all of the other stuff inside it), a fancy-shmancy thermos, a folio and hand sanitizer (yes, the H1N1 paranoia is in full swing – even in law school).
We were welcomed and re-welcomed, commended for getting into law school and told that getting in was the hardest part. I beg to differ.
My midterm December classes are worth 20% while my finals in April are worth 80%. I will probably fail one of my midterms; in one 1L (first year law) class section last year, EVERYONE failed the property midterm.
I also learned that the U of S can give out a grade of F— (yes, F triple minus).
I understand the ‘scare tactics.’ I know I’m going to have to study like I’ve never studied before. And I will be EXTREMELY happy if I keep my average above 75. I don’t know if that’s a good goal or not, but it’s my goal. Apparently marks go up in 2nd year, as 1L is a learning year, where you figure out all the concepts, how to study and research and how to properly communicate in legalese.
However, I don’t feel that overwhelmed. I’m intimidated, but it’s all doable.
Then again, I have approximately 75 pages to read for Thursday, my first ‘official’ day of classes.
And so it begins…