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Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

Happy May 5th! Yesterday was my favorite “meme” day: May the Fourth be With You (and last night was my first major study break of finals, so my husband and I watched Revenge of the Sith and The Empire Strikes Back). But did you also know that May 4 is the day Alice fell down the rabbit hole? For those who are familiar with my love of literature (English Lit major here!), you know that Alice holds a special place in my heart. Her story was one of the first I remember reading without my mom's help, and I have always…

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Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life: Seeking Balance in a Tilted Profession

Work-life balance. Flex-Time. Part-Time. All three terms are ones regularly heard on the lips of students, faculty, and practicing attorneys. These terms make older generations wince, while younger students and associates seek jobs with descriptions matching one or all three. Many at Ms. JD have discussed these issues: Lori Johnson wrote of her struggle with baby boomers in her office not understanding the importance of choosing family or personal time over billable hours. Ally Kennedy Garcia, Founder of the Association of Mother Immigration Attorneys, posted a worksheet with helpful tips to consider while attempting to build work-life balance into a busy schedule. Many others on…

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Part-time Law, Full-time Life: Talking About Nothing ... Says it All

When I started class in the fall of 2015, I stopped eating dinner with my husband. I stopped going to the grocery store, making breakfast, or meeting friends for happy hour. On one hand, I was saving money and realizing I was eating too much, but on the other hand I stopped interacting with my husband and socializing with friends and coworkers. My weekends were consumed with reading for civil procedure and torts and when I finished the assigned readings I opened my mountain of supplements in the hope I could fit more information in my brain before I crashed at…

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Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life: Fitting it In

Yesterday I hit the four week mark of a 15-week semester. This is usually the time when my good intentions for the semester fail. My planner begins to collect dust on my now-cluttered desk, in the home office I never enter, and books are scattered across my kitchen table, which has ceased use for its intended purpose. Attempts to prepare meals for the day result in me grabbing an orange from the basket and hoping my husband will remember to go to the grocery store on his way home. Instead of retyping my notes or adding to an outline at…

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Part-time Law, Full-time Life: “Fools rush in…” or Enrolling in a Part-time Law Program

Three weeks ago, I uploaded my last exam response of the semester. I went through my now-typical process of double-checking my formatting, reviewing the instructions, taking note of the time of upload, re-calculating the number of words, and cautiously hit the submit button. Later that night, joining my husband for a post-semester celebratory drink, it dawned on me that I had transposed my exam number during submission – on that exam, and two others. I remember freezing with terror as my husband looked at me, panic in his eyes, worried I was having some kind of attack, until I shrieked…

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Implementing Creativity and Practice in a Blog Post

     There is an emphasis post-law school on legal writing that incorporates proper citation usage and expert use of legal jargon entwined in a simple and oft-replicated format to express legal theories that can make or break an attorney’s case. Students are taught this style in law school, but the teaching throughout the three years is inconsistent at best. Some schools are leaning toward disregarding the complexity of Bluebook in favor of more creative writing. Some schools encourage writing in multiple classes or offer a variety of options including law reviews and blogs. Other institutions only have one additional…

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