We’ve had two days of orientation activities so far. The first day was a basic introduction from the Dean and some faculty, followed by a part-time student reception. I’ve met several of my classmates so far, and even remember some of their names when I’ve run into them, again. Last night’s orientation activity was an introduction to the Legal Rhetoric program, including introductions to the writing we’ll be doing this semester as well as the research. Washington College of Law is known for turning out graduates with very strong research and writing skills.
We’ve heard Legal Rhetoric is going to be tough, and based on the syllabus, they were right. In addition to readings for class each week, there are frequent writing assignments, which look like they’re going to take a significant amount of time. Since my class is Monday night, that means the writing assignments have to be done by the weekend. Then there are additional sessions thrown in to teach us how to do citations (using the infamous Blue Book) and how to do legal research. I try to make myself feel better by trying to convince myself that this course will help me at work, when we need to do legal research and will improve the persuasiveness of my writing.
Tonight is the Dean’s BBQ, and tomorrow, we have a “practice lecture” which includes pre-class readings. Guess I know what I’ll be doing tonight.
I haven’t started reading. I should have. I have 25 pages for Contracts, about 50 for Legal Rhetoric, and six cases or so for Torts (I haven’t looked how many pages that is, yet.) due for Monday and Tuesday. And then more due for Wednesday and Thursday. I’ve been putting off the reading because once I get started, I’m in, and there’s no turning back. Before I get started, I’m trying to get everything else in order, because I think it’s all going to get pushed to the side and I will be completely preoccupied by work and school. So far, I’ve:
- Paid bills
- Gone to Costco and stocked up on everything I can.
- Cleaned and tried to organize/de-clutter the kitchen, dining room and living room.
- Almost figured out where the university pool is, and printed the recreational swim schedule.
- Cleaned my big coffee pot
- Created my LexisNexis and Westlaw accounts
I took the mornings off work this coming week, so I can get used to reading and preparing for school. I was going to take the entire week off, but then realized that I’d start the 2nd week of classes while having to catch up from a week and a half out of the office. (I also took last three days off this week, which is why I’m blogging on a Friday morning.)
Off to do some more errands and then lunch.
So, orientation starts in about an hour and a half. For the part-time students, we have orientation tonight and tomorrow night. Friday evening is the Dean’s BBQ, and then orientation again much of Saturday. I’m excited!
About a week ago, I finally got my Legal Rhetoric schedule. It’s Monday nights from 8-10 pm. That’s going to make for a long Monday, but at least it’ll be done for the week.
Tonight’s activities are mostly general welcomes, learning how to link to the wireless network, picking up the books we pre-ordered from the bookstore, and introductions to some of the student organizations. Tomorrow is a longer session on how to do legal research. Saturday is a mock class, and a part-time student reception.
I took three days off this week. I had scheduled the vacation days it before I learned the orientation activities were all going to be at night, but I figured I’d enjoy the relaxation and use the time to get things together. I ran a few errands this morning, including an early session with my trainer. (Today’s treat was getting into a pushup position, while he stood down near my feet. When I heard the racquetball bounce off the floor, I had to jump up and grab it before it bounced a third time.) Tomorrow, I’m going to make a trip to Costco to stock up on a few things.
Next week, I took the mornings off work, so I’d have more time to do reading and get up to speed with briefing cases.
Last night, we went out for drinks after Restaurant Week dinner at 1789 in Georgetown. I ended up meeting a third-year student from American, who gave me some background on my professors. We will have to see if his assessment was correct.
Ok, time to get a few things done before I leave. I’ll have to write more later.
Not much happening here, but figured I better post something.
This week was busy at work, but felt productive. My boss and my only staff member are out this coming week, so a lot of the time was spent figuring out what I need to cover next week. Hopefully this coming week won’t be too crazy.
I took Friday afternoon off to go to the zoo. One of the other First Years (1L’s) suggested a trip to the zoo to meet each other. About ten people showed up. I was the only one from the part-time program. (I guess the rest were working.) It was quite the variety of students, from different backgrounds and locations, but everyone seems friendly. Most of them moved to DC within the last week, so they’ve been busy unpacking, figuring out the Metro and bus system and learning their way around. I’m glad that I don’t have to deal with any of that on top of starting school.
They still haven’t released our schedule for Legal Rhetoric, so I still don’t know what night I’m going to have class until 10 pm. I’m not sure why I’m so desperate to know, other than to start to prepare myself mentally. I hope it’s not Monday. That would be a long start to the week. But, maybe it’d be good to get it over with. They also haven’t released our bills, yet. Not as worried about that!
I have a date this afternoon. First date. From OkCupid. He seems nice. We’ll see how that goes. Have another first date next weekend. Tonight, going out to Remingtons with a few friends. Tomorrow’s a fairly quiet day. Need to clean out the refrigerator and try to organize a few things that are stacked up in the dining room.
Have a good weekend
So they posted our Fall semester class schedule today, while I was doing my hour-long commute home. Within minutes, the 1L’s (1st-year Law student) Facebook page was buzzing. I immediately logged on and got to my schedule, and …
It wasn’t that helpful. I have Contracts and Torts (which I knew) and I have class Monday through Thursday from 6-8 pm, which was expected. I also have Legal Rhetoric (Legal Writing), but that schedule is TBD. WTF? That’s the class I’m worried about. My understanding is that class will be from 8-10 pm one of the nights, but I seem to recall a rumor that we could end up with a Friday 6pm-8pm class. That would suck!
We’re supposed to be able to link directly from our schedule to the Washington College of Law bookstore and buy our books online. But, that link didn’t work. I briefly did some searching and it looks like I’m going to need at least 4 books for those two classes, but don’t know what I’ll need for Legal Rhetoric. Until they decide what session I’m in, I won’t know the instructor and what they use.
So, the schedule is posted, but didn’t really answer the questions I still had. Oh well. I guess that information will come out in a few days.
But, it is exciting that the start of school is getting closer. I’ll soon be able to buy my books, will have my reading lists, and will soon be a real law student.
God, I hope this wasn’t a mistake. 🙂