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Law Law Land: A Full Year

2015 has been the very best year. For the first 10 months, it felt like a nonstop celebration. 3L spring I had one class, a job secured, and a whole lot of free time. Many weekends I jetted off to visit friends or if I was in town, we had some event or gathering or at least senior year lounging. After that, we basically celebrated law school graduation for a month. Studying for the bar was not fun, but it wasn’t terrible and once that was over, we had another license to celebrate for a month. I started a shiny…

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Law Law Land: A Very Blue oKCtober, or Why No One in Kansas City Has Worked Since September

I have never particularly liked baseball. I've lived in some baseball-heavy cities, played the requisite childhood softball, and gone to a fair amount of games with my dad. Still, I never really cared for the game so much as the stadium nacho cheese. I was an exclusive basketball enthusiast, and even if I were to discover a passion for baseball, it sure as hell wasn't gonna be because of the laughingstock, perpetually abysmal hometown Kansas City Royals. And yet, something happened last fall. When my roommates and I got caught up in a wild card game that took us from…

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Law Law Land: So Far, So Good

I love being a lawyer. This is a revelation. Frankly, I wasn't exactly sure how this whole lawyer gig would turn out. Law school is a steady march of foreboding warnings (1L they'll scare you to death, 2L they'll work you to death, 3L they'll bore you death! the legal community is tiny so don't screw up! it's not what you know, it's who you know! forget everything you've learned before because it's all new now!) One that I kept hearing: being a lawyer is nothing like being in law school! So I was worried that because I was someone…

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Law Law Land: The Beginning

In the beginning, I was completely clueless. Over the six semesters of law school, I went from confused to terrified to overwhelmed to stressed to capable to comfortable to confident. Though I definitely wrote about some dark days -- like the 1L suckfest and my old friend, anxiety -- on the whole, I started to feel entitled to dole out advice and opinions, sometimes solicited, oftentimes not. As I moved through the hurricane, I got real preachy about the lessons and the wisdom I'd gained, and I think I had some valuable things to say. But I'm a big believer…

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Law Law Land: The Adventure

If you are like me, you like control. You like a plan. You prepare, execute, and succeed. You see a challenge and you've already Hermioned your way through it before it even begins. I get you. I am you. And so, it is with a knowing shake of the head that I watch eager and competitive law students about to begin their marathon and offer this nugget: you are going to have to let that fallacy go. I know what you're thinking: Not I! I am energized and focused and know exactly how I'm going to dominate law school. I can study…

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Law Law Land: Bar Talk

I graduated law school!! It's still surreal to say that because in my mind, I'm forever 18, directionless, and expected to call my mom to tell her where I am. But somewhere along the way, I picked up a law degree, an apartment my parents aren't co-signing, and a career as a lawyer. BAH! It's all coming together quite nicely, with one tiny and unavoidable obstacle: the bar exam. You can read an endless stream of criticisms and complaints about the bar exam through a quick google search or by asking any current or former law student. I expected it…

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Law Law Land: On Balance

Balance is not something that comes naturally to me. My default gears are zero or 100. I would either like to be doing absolutely everything -- taking every class, participating in every extracurricular, volunteering for every opportunity, attending all social events, hanging out with all my loved ones, saying YES to absolutely everything (2015 is my Year of YES), all while maintaining my own personal well-being -- or doing absolutely nothing -- and that means Netflix, Jimmy John's, and not a thing else. I don't naturally create boundaries or limits for myself because I want to experience EVERYTHING and miss…

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Law Law Land: How Do You Know?

The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and spring is most definitely springing. At one time in my life, this time of year meant date parties, formals, and endless outdoor celebrations.  For prospective law students, however, it means much more. It is once again Admitted Students Weekend time for those who are about to start law school, and oh boy is it a whirlwind. We had ours this past weekend, and as I talk to bright-eyed, eager future law students, answer their questions, and listen to their worries, I find myself reliving my own horribly stressful decision-making process circa spring…

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Law Law Land: Let’s Be More Like Kindergarteners

A few weeks ago, I proclaimed that I needed to get a hobby. With law school ending and my busyness level hitting a decade low before it inevitably spikes up again in the fall, only to steadily increase until I retire and/or die from overworking, now is the time. My plan was to try several new things and see which one stuck. After a couple of duds -- the library ran out of its book club book, I bought the wrong kind of cross-stitching thread -- I knew I needed something I didn't have to procure or create. I needed…

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Law Law Land: How to Succeed in Law School (by Really Really Trying)

When I started law school, many years ago (2.5), I decided that my one and only focus was my grades. To me, that was success. That was how I was going to win this game -- and law school is a game, don't let them tell you otherwise. It's a game where nobody knows the rules upon entering, a game in which you have to fend for yourself in a desolate world where the A's are few and the hungry are many. A brief disclaimer, or explanation, or something: I'll admit that I hesitated in writing this post because in…

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