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Mon, Jun. 18th, 2007 11:52 am
Greetings from Silenceland

Apparently after graduating from law school, the anticipated summer course-of-action involves taking a bar exam. And that, dear Internets, is what i have been doing since the graduation of nearly a month ago. Well, studying for that exam, more accurately. The actual exam is allegedly torturous, but only two days.

The bar exam is supposed to pose a unique challenge, unrivaled by most academic endeavors. It is perhaps the only time in the career of a lawyer where one is expected to know more-or-less the entirety of the law. (The rest of life as a lawyer is open book). But for me, this poses an especially unique challenge. You see, i have crammed for every exam since…well, since i started having to study for exams. “The entirety of the law” is a lot of law; more than can be crammed into my brain in a couple of days of diligent preparation. So in addition to the generally anticipated lots of learning, i have completely revamped my study habits.

Thus far, things are going pretty well. i bribe myself with coffee-infused drinks and other assorted coffee shop treats, and spend roughly all of my waking hours sitting in front of my law books. I take an hour at the end of each day to read something for fun, and aside from a few major studying interruptions (i.e. finishing journal stuff, moving), this has become the regular routine. The baristas mock me. “You spend more time here than i do!” exclaimed Amy, Saturday night. I didn’t mention that hers was actually the third study locale for the day. But, i kind of enjoy it. For the first time in my memorable life, studying is the only thing i have to do…and even the subjects that i thought would be grueling (corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships) aren’t so bad.

Then again, such diligent studying might be called avoidance, by those who are inclined to make such accusations. For i have very little knowledge regarding my plans for life after July 25th, and this might drive me a little crazy…if i were inclined to think about such things. Fortunately, i have eleven books from the Barbri corporation filled with “important” materials that can occupy all of my brain space, crowding out pesky future uncertainty.

Come July 25th, though, things might turn desperate. While at the library the other day, i almost acquired What Color Is Your Parachute? Someone, please, promise me that if such day comes, you’ll adopt the humane and possibly murderous solution. Thank you.

Current Music: Elliott Smith - King's Crossing

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thomasirvin
thomasirvin
Thomas Irvin
Mon, Jun. 18th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)

Damn. I was hoping you were going to say you had been putting it off and were just now starting to study.

That would have made me feel much better. Get back in character!


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)

You know, i think not taking Barbri has been a most powerful motivating factor. Cause every other day, i feel kind of like a moron for not paying to have someone spoon-feed me this information. So then i have minor moments of panic. And then i study.


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thomasirvin
thomasirvin
Thomas Irvin
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)

How has moving been for you? (You did move into a new place in Little Italy, didn't you?) That's been my other problem--there are so many things that still aren't right about my new place that I'm wasting a lot of good study time trying to take care of these things.


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rivendweller
rivendweller
Margaret
Mon, Jun. 18th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)

Ohhhhh...

I remember the days of the CPA exam. I can sympathize. Some day you will look back on these days and

and

uh

look back on them and be glad they are over!!

*hugs*


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)

Hehe...i had a residence hall director who was a CPA in a life before she moved into the residence-life stage of her career. She'd provide us with anecdotal tips on studying for awful exams like the CPA - apparently she used to laminate pages and pages of formulas, so that she could study in the shower.

I have yet to take up the shower studying...but i'm still a month out yet;-)


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toasterking
Hamilton
Mon, Jun. 18th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)

Kings Crossing Emo Lyric o' The Day:

"I cant prepare for death anymore than I already have"

GOOD LUCK!


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)

I have what can only be deemed an unnatural love for that song. It's perfect. (As long as you don't think too much about the actual message of the song.)


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toasterking
Hamilton
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)

I think my unnatural love was cemented by "Pitseleh" but I will not contest that the last CD was beautiful.

At target the other day I saw a new cd of his?


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)

Yeah. I decided that was one i could do without. I mean, even with From A Basement on a Hill, there were claims of dubious authenticity. (Apparently "Ostriches & Chirping" wasn't Elliott Smith material at all, but that of a collaborator, goofing around on tape. He was prolific enough that i have enough to address any (sullen) mood...i think i'll leave the remixed and remastered parts alone.


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toasterking
Hamilton
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)

Two other things..

Good luck on the bar!

and i'll be at CW starting in the fall... eek...


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)

Thank you! And you'll have to let me know of your professors and such. First year, you'll be an advocate, a barrister, or a counselor. It's kind of amazing how much that allegedly random process will impact your socializing for the next few years.

(Also, generally it's shortened as Case or CWRU. It took me a moment too long figure out which school you would be attending.)


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toasterking
Hamilton
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)

I heard their was a huge thing about people shortening to Case because it was upsetting the alumni from Western Reserve so they had to change it all around?

So im intrigued by this 3 way split, are those the sections?


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beeeej
beeeej
Beeeej
Mon, Jun. 18th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)

Nothing I can say to make you feel better about the Bar exam will be anything but a lie. So keep your head down, your chin up, your books open, and your caffeine coming. Good luck to you. And remember: This, too, shall pass.


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)

When i get nervous, i look at the bar pass rates. Eighty-eight percent in Minnesota. I know that as long as i force my person to remain in front of my books for substantially long enough each day, i will be fine.

Reminding myself just how much i'd hate to be in that bottom twelve percent...it's an impressive motivational tool:-)


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phizzled
phizzled
james
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
the bar

don't forget to breathe.

i haven't taken it yet, but that's the only advice i ever give that has any value.


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
Re: the bar

I'll take any advice anyone wants to offer (unless said advice attempts to arrive while i am sitting in a coffee shop with my head clearly buried in my books, at which point my reception might not be so warm). And generally, i agree. Breathing is important.

Thanks!


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smcsk8
SarahMel
Tue, Jun. 19th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)

Amen to whoever said there's nothing to make you feel better. Head down, breathe and come up for air once in a while. You've got a month left. When I was at this point last year I believe I was literally in tears on the phone to my mom every day. And she said its a marathon not a sprint. And she was right. I'm thinking of you!


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)

You know, no tears, thus far. I think the magnitude of the endeavor is still a little slow to sink in. I'm sure they'll arrive in the next week or so.


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