Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Bar

I can't believe how early the bar anxiety starts. I'm not worrying about the studying (much) but about the administrative parts of it. So since this blog will likely be my bar study blog as well, I'll tell you all what I've been up to:

I pre-registered for Bar-Bri as a 1L (I know) so I'm all set except for the paying part. I did win a partial scholarship through the student section of the ABA, so if you are a 2L or 1L, the registration fee for that is worth it if you qualify for the Bar-Bri scholarship. I got the registration/course reservation form from Bar-Bri a couple of days ago, so all that's left is to send that back with the $2000 check, and wait for the big box o' books to arrive.

I started the process for a bar study loan - the lender I chose has a multi-step process - call for pre-approval, then send in the form (no online form, apparently), then school certification I'm guessing. Hopefully that will all go smoothly.

I'm debating whether to register for PMBR - I psych myself out on multiple choice tests, so I think more time prepping for the MBE would be worth it, but I'm not sure I can face more lectures. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

I'm trying to think of places where I can study - not at home, and not at the library. I'm considering camping out at a friend's house while they are at work/school. I can't trust my mom not to interrupt me, or myself not to "just turn on the TV for a few minutes" so I think I'll need to get out of the house.


Sunday, February 11, 2007

Pretrial Litigation

I just finished the disclosure statement for our "client" in our Pretrial Lit class. I can't recommend this class enough - if there are any 1Ls or 2Ls reading this, sign up for this class. It will give you some experience in these things before you work at a firm (I definitely wish I had taken this as a 2L, but better late than never.) and will help solidify your understanding of the rules of civil procedure. I learn rules better if I can apply them or see them in action, and this class has been great for that.

I started this blog in the hopes of providing advice like this for other students, and I fear I've slacked off on this. This is partly because I no longer feel qualified to offer much advice. A lot of law school is "whatever works for you." So, take any advice I offer with that caveat. And I welcome other views in the comments!