Tanned and Ready to Go

Welcome back, true believers!

As I write this my final beach day sunburn is just starting to peel in the last spots. While outside, we’re being treated to drizzle before the weather is supposed to climb to the perilous upper 20’s later this week. Hoodie and lovely new tea one day, shorts and tank tops the next. Ah English weather, you do like to keep me on my toes. (more…)

Three Weeks ‘Till Easter

I blame Paris.

Yes, the trip and the experience and the competition was wonderful. But it devoured my reading week. And the three days of rest I actually did get were spent being sick, plus a few more. Normally I get the six week burn-out in week four or five. Here it is Sunday of week 3 and I can see it on the horizon.

I’m resting, and a guilty part of my brain says I’m resting too much, but I’m finding it easier not to listen. Two more weeks of the full school-and-job-and-pro-bono schedule, and then we’ll enter the review period and it’ll be half as much class time. More importantly, it’ll be NO NEW SUBJECTS so I can feel like I’m caught up and able to more fully digest the material.

Just a few more weeks. More things are dropping off the to do list than being added, and that counts for a lot.

Wow this is a disjointed blog post, just like the state of my brain. Quick! A distraction! How about some bullet points. Bullet points are easy. I do bullet points now, bullet points are cool.

  • I have my first summer vacation scheme in-person interview this week.
  • I’m back at the Coroner’s Office as of next Friday and gearing up to finish my research paper. Just need to finish the last coursework first.
  • 59 on my criminal mock exam, on top of the prior 68 in land, and a good feeling about EU last week. I’m not quite where I want to be, but I’m not as far away as I feared.
  • I completed my first play-through of Musaic, a wonderfully addicting musical puzzle game. I’ll talk about it in greater detail in another post, I think. I’m still mulling over a couple of suggestions.
  • Editing at Cast of Wonders is going very well and I’m having a fantastic time. I narrated a recent offering as well, the excellent “Mercurial Skin“.
  • The airfare search for my cousin’s wedding the end of April is in full swing. If you see any good London to San Francisco round trips, please send them my way!
  • Alasdair and I are watching West Wing as my surrogate evening entertainment until Tomb Raider and the Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3 comes out. It’s not as restful as I find video games before bed (weird, huh? I know!) but it takes the edge off the occasional homesickness. I adore CJ and Mrs. Landingham. 🙂
  • My phone died today, which in retrospect is probably a good half the disjointed mood. It feels weird to be without it, even when I’m inside and working on a desktop. A repair / replacement (God Bless Apple Care) has been arranged, but it’ll be a few days.
  • At dinner with some new friends (Hi Troo!) over the weekend, we reminisced over LotRO. I reinstalled the game overnight, but wasn’t able to remember my password from oh, five or six years ago. Searching for hints in my old e-mail turned up some unhappy memories and past messages. Combined with the two hours on tech support with a dead phone, and I was gearing up for a full-blown Sunday afternoon meltdown.
  • Only, I didn’t. We ate take-out chicken and watched a couple episodes and I took the shortcut off my desktop until support gets back to me with a reset. All in under 20 minutes. Go me!

Three more weeks. I can do this.

I Am (Nearly) The Law

Hello there! In order to make some of my more recent and on-going law school content easier to find, I’ve added a new entry in the categories along the right hand side.

I Am (Nearly) The Law* will now take you directly to my school-related posts, such as:

  • First of Four
    – My first Reading Week and what I did (and didn’t) accomplish.

Coming soon will also be my Learning Diary posts from my pro bono work at the Nottingham coroner’s office.

Thanks for reading!

Dredd


*Famous catchphrase of famous comic book character Judge Dredd. Go see the new movie, it was fantastic. Think “Minority Report” meets “The Raid”.

When Last We Left Our Hero…

Three months, huh? In my defense, I have been REALLY busy…

I’m finally starting to settle in here in Nottingham. The first month was the roughest, especially getting used to being without a car and adjusting to the rainier weather. Now that I have decent waterproof boots and the house is mostly stocked with essentials (there always seems to be at least one I forget EVERY shopping trip) things are settling down.

The course is amazing. ROUGH, but amazing. I don’t think I was prepared for how much career work is involved at such an early stage. In a lot of ways I’m a year behind the other students, many of which already have trainee contracts lined up or are waiting to hear back on applications. On the other hand, I have lots of work and life experience in my favor, so it’s a balancing act.  I attended my first law fair this week and feel much more honed in on the firms I want to target.  Vacation scheme applications are starting, so that’s my next career priority.

Part of the up-front load has been the differences in the way a UK course is structured. It’s taken a while to adjust to having NO control over my class schedule, and the much higher level of prep required going into small group sessions. Not to mention the long hours it takes just to get and stay organized, and keep on top of the administration. Mooting starts up in a few weeks (eee!), plus I’m one of my group’s reps to the larger school board.

On the course work side I’m still struggling with the sheer volume of memorization involved, especially in tort case law. I keep telling myself that, like EU law, continued practice will make things easier and that right now it’s literally first exposure. Some days it even helps. I think I’m going to need flash cards! *chuckle*

My pro bono work at the coroner’s office started last week, and I’m enjoying it a great deal. I’ve had my courtroom procedure training now, so I’m all set to marshal / bailiff / clerk next time. Next week is an “office” week (no inquests) so I’m going to follow up on some of my ever-growing list of questions.

I’ve also caught the “Strictly bug” and I can’t wait to watch tonight and cheer on Lisa Riley! Plus the Halloween decorations are out and a whole new batch of scary movies are in theaters. But not until I finish some more revision…