Category Law School

Fear

So the bar exam — it was a thing that happened.  I’m not sure what the test is supposed to indicate about my ability to be a competent lawyer (very little, I imagine), but I suppose it makes sense as a rite of passage.  The three-day marathon, the sad looks of stress, anxiety, confidence, or carefully manufactured […]

10 Things I’m Doing While Studying for the Bar

The worst part about my chosen field is that I constantly have to remind people, I’m funny, gosh darn. Maybe, fine, only law students get my humor. Maybe only my friends, those used to my particular brand of bizarre, get my humor. But when Bitter Lawyer posted Ten Things You Will Do While Studying for […]

Slowly going batty 19 miles north of Cincinnati….

Is it normal to feel nostalgic for graduate school once its over, in spite of the tears, stress, and physical injuries I endured while there? This bar study process makes law school feel like a wonderful adventure — I even miss the sterile smell of the library, the familiar faces congregating on the bridge, and […]

Summer in Ohio

My mother tells me that only babies with soiled diapers like change. No wonder, then, that the changes in the last week have worn my nerves raw! In the last week, I graduated from law school, argued in front of the 8th Dist. Court of Appeals in Ohio, moved back to Cincinnati, and started bar […]

Speak up.

Law school is competitive, yes, but is the system really anti-women?  I’ve been meaning to respond to my dear friend Akhila’s observations about the Socratic method: “In law school, raising your hand is a competition. Hands shoot up every second, thoughts are formulated rapidly with no room for deep thinking, and the spotlight is on […]

Extra-Extra-Curriculars

[Above: Walking to school in lake effect snow at 7 a.m.  Temperature is 7 degrees F.  Windchill is somewhere below 0 F.  Below: Old-fashioned cash register at Literary in Tremont, trendy (ikea-inspired?) decor at Felice on Larchmere] Its no secret that lawyers are voracious readers.  It’s also no secret that graduate students are prolific procrastinators, […]