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.