Friday, August 25, 2017

First Week Impressions

Close your eyes and imagine the best version of yourself possible. That is who you really are, let go of any part of you that does not believe it. -C. Assaad

I am officially a 1L! This week was the first week of classes and to be honest with you, it was rough! I knew that being an evening division student was going to be difficult but I didn't think it was going to be this tough. Let me tell you, waking up at 7:00 am every morning and then working an 8 hour shift day - where you are dealing with difficult legal issues, clients, etc., then turn around and go to class for 2-3 hours at night is difficult but I am not discouraged. I have learned quickly that time management is EVERYTHING. My schedule for the first week went like this:

Work 9:00-5:00 pm
Torts 6:30-8:30 pm

Work 9:00-5:00pm
Con Law 6:30-7:55pm
LAW (legal analysis and writing) 8:05-9:30 pm

Work 9:00-5:00 pm 
Torts 6:30-8:30 pm

Work 9:00-5:00 pm
LAW 6:30-8:30 pm

As an evening division student, you only have classes Monday- Thursday, see My Law School Schedule, which is awesome because no one likes Friday classes. I was grateful that I only had one late day this week but I will not be that fortunate the rest of the semester. During this week, I had so little time to read before another class or had time to myself after work. I realize that I am going to have to do all my readings on the weekend, take extensive notes, and then review them in my little break before class and after class. Now about my actual classes....

Throughout my first week, I literally felt like this:

Do not mind all the mean stares of the fish in the background. Yes, law school is competitive and sometimes the students can be snarky but in my experience so far, the students in my section are pretty nice.

During class, I was so confused and didn't know what was going on. I read the readings that were assigned before hand but I don't think I was reading the cases correctly to get all the information out of it that the teacher wanted us to get. After class discussions, I would go back and reread the case and it made much more sense to me. I hope that this feeling of confusion will go away after I have read a few cases and understand what is being asked of me to comprehend from the case.

I am still a little nervous about classes because we were cold called on, luckily I was not one of those students. The students in my class that got called on were doing great like they prepared themselves for this all summer. I, on the other hand, thought to myself, if I got called on right now and my torts professor asked me that question, I would embarrass myself because I did not know the answer. I did participate by raising my hand for the easier questions so maybe that is why my professors didn't cold call on me. Hopefully, now that I have experienced a week of classes and I know the type of questions my professor is going to ask I will read more efficiently.

To combat this confusion problem, I have decided to meet with a few students out of my section every week to go  over what we did in class. I think this is a good idea because being able to talk to other students about the material is soo helpful. Getting a different point of view on the case is important. You guys can bounce ideas off of each other, help each other understand different topics, and motivate each other. After all two or more heads are better than one.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed your week and it was not as crazy as mine! If you are in Law school, let me know how your first week went! If you have any tips or advice for me, feel free to contact me or drop them in the comment section below!

- Cindy 



  1. WOW Cindy, I cannot even imagine working full time and going to law school. In Trinidad, we don't have that option, school is full time and so classes are pretty much scattered throughout the day. I am thoroughly enjoying these law school blog posts. I hope that you have a better second week. Much love, Renee.

    1. Hey Renee,

      Thanks so much for reading! Yes, doing both is proving to be very difficult but it can be done! Thanks for your support; it means the world to me!! I'll let you know if my week gets better! Love, Cindy


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