Saturday, December 29, 2007

Wish for the New Year

That I am ready to take the LSAT in Feb. and get a 160 or above so I have never have to take that test again!

I haven't been studying very much since my last Powerscore class which was the Wed. before the Sat. Dec. 1st test. I had plateaued at 157ish and was really frustrated, so I cancelled and signed up for the Feb. test. Hubby and the baby went shopping today so I took a practice test and scored a 164, I had to recheck it 3 times because I didn't believe it. I still don't. I won't really believe it wasn't just a fluke until I take another test. But fluke or not it seemed to give me the burst of something I needed to go on and keep studying for this blasted thing. : O

Friday, December 28, 2007

Any excuse for a 4-day weekend

Lawyers are Krazy. My office is open Monday and many of them are working but no one on my team, so I am off! I was spending my raise a little prematurely, it seems I am up against mega bureaucracy that does not like to part with $. One of the big cons of working for the biggest global law firm on the planet is it run by a mysterious THEY. If you ever find out who THEY are you will have to be killed.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Okay, I got over my bitter mood last night. It turns out the secret santa thing was a last minute thing a couple of them came up with last night and everyone has the same pissed off reaction I had. The paralegals cancelled the lunch, so I ran out at the last minute and got a gift for the partner I had who everyone unanimously told me to buy alcohol for. So here is what he got, it was a big hit at the lunch. The lunch was more fun then I thought but maybe I am saying that because I had a black and tan with my cheeseburger.



Thursday, December 20, 2007

You're kidding right

I am at work it's 7 pm I am logging off my computer, I am exhausted and this email pops up informing me that there is "team" secret santa lunch tomorrow, who my person is, the $25 limit, and telling me if I can't make the lunch to be sure to still buy the gift (I am not kidding). Meanwhile the person who sits next to me is wiping tears out her eyes (literally) because the partner she works for has just given her $150.00. What the hell? I am supposed to go out after I get home @ 8:30 at night, in the rain and buy a gift. Besides that I had already made plans with a couple of paralegals to take one of them out for her birthday.

So this is what the partner whose name someone drew for me (?) is getting.

On a law firm card,

"Your secret santa was not properly informed nor given reasonably notice in which to perform their secret santa duties, therefore this note serves as notice of an IOU. Your present shall be delivered next week. Happy Holidays"

I would rather go out with the paralegals anyway, if I have to listen to one more conversation about trendy restaurants, clothes, cars or island holidays I"ll barf.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

must stay off, must stay off, must stay off

must stay off pre-law forums/boards. Seriously who are these people who refer to a 166 as "okay" score.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I'm a Paraglegal

I am a Bona Fide paralegal. Well at least in the eyes of California. I had my very last final tonight and I am sure I at least passed, so that's it! I informed my supervisor at work and my situation is being "reviewed" , i.e. they have to drag their feet for a while on giving me a raise and a new title but it will happen. Paralegals start at 15,000 more than I make now, then another 2-6,000 in bonus, so while we won't be rich we can hopefully breath and catch up on some bills! I am so happy no more nights at community college !!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Outing

Okay I am outing myself. I am scoring in the high 150s on my practice LSATs and I am flippin frustrated. I have been scoring that since practice test 2 I am now on practice test 6 and I am getting the same damn score! My instructor says I just need to do more full length practice tests and maybe some tutoring in games. She also told me to give myself a break because I work full-time and have a toddler. But come on, I don't want to toot my horn but in everything that I have done in life (if I had applied myself) I have done well at. But not this! I guess I am just being impatience I know a lot of people spend months and months even sometimes a year studying and that is part of the reason the curve is much tougher now. I have improved since taking that Powerscore class. The test isn't nearly as daunting, my endurance is up. Also when I look at the answers I know why I got them wrong it's more like, "Oh sh-t I missed the except" instead of "holy crap, what are they talking about?"

I am stubborn and sometimes that is a good thing. I will break into the 160s !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Innocence Project

Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld co-founders of the Innocence Project are my heroes. I want to work for the Innocence Project sooo bad. I have been fascinated with them for years.
http://www.innocenceproject.org/ . However in CA there are only two one in Northern CA, Santa Clara/San Francisco and one in San Diego. I am not close to either. I rented the documentary After Innocence this weekend. It's good you should all check it out http://www.afterinnocence.com/.

I was talking to my husband this morning about trying to balance my dream of doing public interest work and politics with the need to support my family in expensive So. Cal. I want to believe doing Pro Bono work while I work at a firm will satisfy my do-gooder needs. We shall see.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Radom Saturday Blogging

I did have plans for today. But that stomach virus I thought I had escaped has hit me today. Baby, Hubby and my dad all have been sick this last week. I was really really sick a month ago, this isn't as bad. Since little monkey started daycare it seems like at least one of us is sick at all times.

They weren't big plans I missed today, just returning some stuff at the mall and studying or taking a practice test. I don't want to lose my momentum. I want to make sure I keep up with studying for the LSAT even though I finished my prep classes. I don't think I am going to find any extra money for tutoring until after January, though. So I am on my own.

As for the work front. I don't think I have mentioned that I work for BigLaw firm, one of the biggest. It's a great job, as far as lawyers go I work for the nicest most laid back group you can imagine, however the work is not challenging. At times it bothers me that I am just a glorified paper sorter. Seriously that is what I do, I organize transactional documents. I think it's just an ego thing because for what I do I am paid well and I have good benefits. All in all I am damn lucky. The last attorney I worked for was a nightmare, a "screamer" no one was safe around. I learned a lot more there but I was miserable. So I think I am going to stick it out at BigLaw Firm even though I am not sure it's the area of law I will stay in. I was doing IP work for "screamer" attorney. I hated the place but I liked the area of law a lot. Who knew I would find trademarks so damn interesting. I couldn't find another job doing trademarks so now I am in real property, which does have some similarities sort of. I think I would like to explore IP more, maybe in law school I'll figure it out.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

AFFIRMATIONS

I officially bailed out of the LSAT on Saturday. I signed up for Feb. instead and paid my $32.00 in my "change the date fees". I am not ready but I honestly think I can be for Feb. I know most schools aren't averaging scores anymore but I just don't think my ego could take a low score.


For a friend who is taking it on Sat. I sent her my own personal affirmations that I had intended to use on Sat. For those taking it, good luck! I am there with you in spirit. I was thinking of creating a box set, but blogging is enough procrastination.

LSAT test taker affirmation:

I own that test.

That test will not defeat me.

It's just like the practice ones.

I am the definition of grace under pressure.

If they all did it so can I.

I am just as good if not better than _____________

It's easy, I have got this sh-t down.

What cruise ship sailed what damn week or which animal is in cage 3, will not keep my out of law school!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Full time/ Part time/ Full time/ Part time

My husband is a full time student. We live on my income and a couple of thousand in grant money that my husband receives. Originally I thought I would wait until he was done before I even began considering law school. But I had so many people tell me not to wait and also he won't be done for another four years (at least). That would put me well into my forties before I would even start to practice. My dilemma there is one part time law program that it would be realistic for me to attend and would not uproot our lives.

My husband is a very go with the flow everything will work out kind of guy and he thinks we can both be full time students. I think he is crazy. I don't see how it would work. I am curious does anyone know of a married couple with a baby who are both full time students, does it happen? How does that work?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

LSAT LSAT LSAT

Is in 12 days. I am not ready but I knew I wouldn't be. I guess I was just hoping magically I would start scoring a solid 165 on my practice tests. But its not quite happening that way. I have scored the same score my last 3 tests in a row. It's very frustrating, but at least a la powerscore I know what areas are my problems. My hang ups are consistent. So I will push to Feb. at keep plugging along.

On another note, it's Sunday and I had every intention of going into work today and doing some overtime. I am feeling guilty about neglecting my work because of these powerscore classes. However little monkey has decided for the last 2 nights in a row that 3 am is a perfectly reasonable time to wake up. So I am beat and my house is gross. If I do stay home today I MUST I MUST STUDY ! Husband will be at a class all day and my parents are going to take little monkey. So I must get in some study time. Also this week is Thanksgiving! which translates 4 days off! Very exciting! however it means I really must get my work done at the law firm!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

BABY

It just seemed to happen one day. My baby is not such a baby anymore. She now tells me what she did at school (I paint, swing tire, etc.), she talks to me on the phone, and tells me to "have fun" when she and my husband drop me off at work. I didn't think it was possible but she just gets more and more adorable and funny.

Some of my favorite moments right now are;

looking for her tail, the dogs have one, so why doesn't she? They are after all basically her surrogate brother and sister.

her interest in going to potty standing up. I would pick that way, if I could.

Monday, November 12, 2007

TIME

Wow! Time is flying by! Can't believe I have gone so long without a post. I got sicker than a dog (isn't that a strange expression) but now I am finally feeling back to myself. I got behind in my powerscore class and now I am struggling to catch up. The last two practice tests were back to back Saturdays and I got the same exact score. I really need to find more study time! Well, at least they were consistent! Work is busy and I am counting down, soon this crazy schedule will be over. I am almost positive I am going to reschedule the LSAT for Feb. and shoot for 2009, to have the strongest application possible. I just know I can get up to the mid 160s on that damn test. I would love to private tutor if I can figure out how to pay for it. I also want to have the time to strengthen my application with more pro bono work.

I went to the LA LSAC Law School Forum. I only talked to 3 or 4 admission officers, I started hearing the same things over and over. It was still worth going I picked up lots of catalogs and got a lot of encouragement. I got confirmation that since I am older and out of school for a while my work experience and resume are going to be heavily considered. So good news.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Colds, LSAT and the Sappranos

little monkey is sick, and I am not feeling so hot myself. Hubby took the baby out today and I was going to study but I watched 2 hours of Sapprano episodes and then studied for an hour. I took a timed section. I think I am improving, I think. Hard to tell right now. My next practice test is this coming Saturday. I keep thinking I am going to be a success story like those testimonials on the Powerscore website, "I went from a 148 to a 170 and now I am at Yale, thank you Powerscore I couldn't have done it without you", I seriously have fantasies of waiving the email with my LSAT score around yelling "I did it! I did it!", then of course there are all the acceptance letter fantasies. Pathetic, this damn test has become my life right now. My mood seriously revolves around how well I think I am doing on mastering the questions, its worse than stepping on the scale !

Monday, October 22, 2007

Pratice test not until Nov.

Kaplan moved their practice test site without telling me, so I missed it yesterday. So my next practice test is with Powerscore on Nov. 2nd. Its okay though, we haven't gotten very far yet in the powerscore class, mostly Must be True and Weaken questions, briefly games, and very very briefly reading comp.. So I still have a lot to go over before I feel like the practice test will be a real reflection of where I am at. I was so tired yesterday I went to bed at 6pm, I hope I am not getting sick . Little monkey has a runny nose again.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

RANT ON BOARDS

I just can't seem to help myself. I have to get on those pre law school discussion boards. They are so obnoxious, post after post of "disappointed" lsat test takers who are so "upset" that they didn't get a 170, only a 168. Or another one of my favorites, the "devastated" person who has to go to "crappy UCLA". I know its either them getting their egos off or they are just flat out lying but I just can't help it. Maybe I need to block those sites, so I remove the temptation.

Saturday

I am very very sleepy this morning. Its almost 10am and I am on my second cup of coffee. I trying to deceide what to do today, my choices are clean the house, study or go into to work and do some overtime, and also I wanted to work on Abby's costume (I deceided to make it after all). All of those things need to happen, but hubby is taking the babe shopping and to the park which means its the perfect time to clean and/or study. Tonight we have to pick up my parents from the airport and then tomorrow I have my practicce LSAT. There just aren't enough hours in the day, some days.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

BRUTAL

This schedule is rough. Working all week and class until 10pm three
nights a week, plus homework. I am having ah ha moments every night in my powerscore class. I am so glad I am taking it. The ADR
class I am taking though, I am not so excited about. It is my last
class to finish my paralegal certificate. I just show up and take the
tests, counting own until it's over. My next practice test is on
Sunday, not through powerscore though its a free Kaplan promo thing.
Come in and take the LSAT practice exam and then have them try to sell
you on their course, kind of thing. I'll take any chance to practice
the LSAT in a proctored setting.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

LSAT Prep Course

I am loving my Powescore class, I could have saved myself a lot of time and frustration by signing up even sooner. The LSAT is the only part of my application I am focusing on right now. I know who is going to write my recommendations , I have a draft of my personal statement and my transcripts are starting to arrive. I am wondering if after I take the LSAT, I should pay for someone to look at my personal statement. I can get people to check my writing but I wonder if I should get someone with specific law school admission experience. Especially because I really only have one law school I want to attend and their admission rate is 20%. Hmmmm food for thought ?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Curves ?

Had my first real class last night, my instructor was late. Between that and the testing conditions Saturday I was ready to ask for my $ back, but my instructor is great. I already think this is going to be $ well spent and I haven't even taken my second practice test yet. I was getting very frustrated on my own, rereading concepts over and over, not really sure I was "getting it ". But already the instructor has cleared up a couple of my misunderstandings. She is also someone I think I can relate to, she is older and she studied for the test 5 months before she took it.

I am signed up to take the LSAT on Dec. 1, but I am okay with pushing it until Feb. if I need to. I think it's more important to get a good score and wait to apply then rush it and apply to schools I don't really want to go to. I wonder if there are any stats on the curve and when you take the LSAT, are some dates better than others ? I might have to look that up and see if I can find anything.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

bombed the diagnostic

I have excuses though, the testing conditions sucked. The conference room I was in was right next to the parking lot and it was so loud. For almost the entire time allotted for Section 1 there were guys talking and laughing right outside of where I was sitting. I just sat there getttin more and more pissed, rereading the same logic reasoning questions over and over. I am doing well though on individual timed sections that I have taken on my own. I am thinking my main problem is endurance. I am really having trouble concentrating for such an extended period of time.

A soon as I came home I had to read lots and lots of posts from people who improved their score significantly from their practice tests, to make myself feel better. I am 10 points away from my goal of 161 ! Hubby took the babe to the store, I need to snap out of self pity mode and start crackin.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

LSAT

I am counting down until my first Powerscore diagnostic test this Saturday. I have been self studying off and on for two months now. I got very frustrated with games about three weeks ago and stopped looking at them and just picked them up again a couple of days ago. Amazing the difference, they seemed almost (eeek I don't know if I should say it) easy ! Well I am not getting too confident, I may have to eat my words come Saturday !

Monday, October 1, 2007

Getting Somewhere

Been bored to tears at work, for the last 5 months. Now a week before I start my Powerscore class I actually feel like I am getting somewhere and getting more challenging work. But, I can't complain I would rather be busy.

I have been studying almost 2 hours a day on the train, to and from work. The practice questions are getting easier and I am getting faster !!

I am actually excited to take my diagnostic. Its been hard to simulate the testing conditions on my own. I get distracted easily. Not really a great sign of a future law student, oh well. I feel like I need some help pin pointing what areas I need to work on.

On the home front, hubby got pumpkins today. I can't wait to paint them with munchkin. I am rethinking my great idea to make Abby's Halloween costume this year. I haven't told hubby that I am probably going to buy it after all, I don't want the "I told you so" look.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

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The other kids !!
abby


My adorable daughter !!!

law mama

Okay so I am not a law student yet, I am just in the beginning stages of getting there.


I am 33, I have a 20 month old daughter, a husband who is a full-time student, a half gutted house whose remodel is going no where and me who has been bitten by the law school bug in a huge way !

Crazy ? Yes and here is where I will let it all out and give my husband a respite from all of my insanity.


Here is where I am at, I just sent off for all my transcripts and I am signed up for the Dec. 1
LSAT. Next Saturday I start my Powerscore class, which will just be our first diagnostic. Did I mention I have one class I am still taking to finish up my paralegal certificate. That means I will be working full-time and going to classes 3 nights a week until 10 pm. I think this is going to be a big test for myself as well as for law school. If I can't handle all of this then law school is not for me right now.

I told my husband that if it doesn't work out and I don't get in to any schools I will just keep doing what I am doing. "Ha !!" he said " Your more ambitious than that !"

So here we go if you are going through anything at all similar, please post !