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.