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In today’s video, I give my thoughts on the pundits who counsel that this is such a bad time to go to law school: My perception of these articles is that they focus on the traditional path of working for a big law firm. If students are willing to realize that the path traditionally lauded as “successful” is just one of the available paths, then they may see a much broader field of options. Of…
Before I came to law school, I was concerned about what I would do if something happened to my parents while I was in school. They are both in their 80’s, so having issues is becoming more of a possibility. However, it turns out that emergencies can arise where you least expect them. Less than a month into my 2L year, my husband suffered a stroke. For today’s video, I review the mnemonic FAST. (Because…
There is no shame in being wrong about something unless you are unwilling to see the error in your thinking. I readily admit to mistakes because I know that I have learned from them. Sometimes the lessons are harder to grasp than others, and sometimes the consequences are difficult. Learning from mistakes can sometimes be the only way to progress though. Today, I confess to being wrong about something: If I hadn’t taken that leap…
My parents were both teachers at a small college. My mom taught nursing and served as the school nurse. Yet, I remember that she made special desserts for each holiday. For example, she made an Easter Bunny cake complete with a basket full of eggs one spring. I’m not sure why this stands out so much except for the fact that, years later, I remember feeling like I failed my kids by not having time…
The danger of making assumptions is an easy mistake that we can make every day. I explore that thought and how my assumptions almost kept me from a book series that I have enjoyed more than any in quite a while. I listened to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse’s series about Mycroft Holmes on Audible narrated by Damian Lynch. A complete list of Abdul-Jabbar’s books is available on Good Reads. See more on the Video…
It has been fun “meeting” new people through the video per day experiment. I truly enjoy learning about new places; this has been very useful since I married someone in the US Navy. Through the years, we moved multiple times and I feel fortunate to have experienced so much of our country. In the video, you will learn all of the states that I have lived (10). I have also visited 42 of the states…
The video per day experiment has been great because I am getting to know people around the world and in different professions. I received so many encouraging comments on social media from the group in response to my video about grades. It was truly heartwarming! After that video, the grades for the fall semester were released. Watch the video and then scroll down for a bit more information. Honestly, receiving the Jurisprudence Award was…
I am a sucker for a good podcast and today’s video for the video per day experiment gives a glimpse into some of my favorites. I am limiting today’s selection to those that are not related to the law so they have a broader appeal and I will discuss legal podcasts in a future video.       See more on the Video Per Day Experiment in my introductory post.
Today’s video focuses on grades in law school. Give it a view, and then scroll down for further thoughts: Law students spend a lot of time agonizing over exams and grades. Being in school, this seems somewhat normal. However, law school throws an additional twist into the mix. In law school, each student is ranked in comparison to their classmates. Many large law firms use class rank as one factor in their hiring process. This…
Professional associations like the American Bar Association are seeing memberships drop in recent years. I believe that one of the reasons is that students do not see the value. Combine this with the increasing debt load that students carry after school, and students are less likely to see the need for an association-particularly in a day where one can find instructions on almost anything online. I believe one of the ways to combat this problem…