Saturday, February 23, 2008

Not Rich Today

No mega millions for me. But there is always next week. Maybe being a lawyer is the bigger plan meant for me. I'm feeling good about June. I think I needed a little break and now I am back. I am going to call my LSAT guru to make sure she can tutor me and then try to devise an attack plan for the next 3 months. But I feel good. The test is on a Monday and it's later in the day than the Sat. test. which is much better for me. I think I am doing the right thing (taking my time) I want to be uber prepared for the test, get a good score and go for as much grant/scholarship money as I can (just in case i don't win the lottory). I got my ticker up and I am ready.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Feelin lucky

I won $8 from the mega millions and so now I am all set. I got my 8 quickpicks for Friday (the most I have ever spent). No one has won my money yet so I still got a chance at this pot now at 270 million. I am feelin lucky.

law school has now become my backup plan

Monday, February 18, 2008

Can watching TV be considered a hobby?

No evening paralegal classes or lsat prep classes and working 10-6pm = lots of TV watching. This is the first time in years I haven't been in school part -time for something and my inner TV addict has come out in full force. We gave up our cable a long time ago because I wanted to save money. We had an antenna and netflix so at the time it was enough. But we didn't really use the netflix that much. I was always putting documentaries in the que that I thought sounded interesting but then come Friday night I was out picking up a pizza and whatever latest new release was at blockbuster. My husband also used the netflix queue to put in obscure Korean 1950s cult movies that he complained that he was never able to watch because the TV was always occupied. So needless to say over netflix movies sat on our DVD player collecting dust. Lately my blockbuster card has gotten a ridiculous amount of use but I can't bring myself to join anything of theirs because I actually dislike blockbuster but it is the only movie place close to our house. My husband called me out last week pointing out all the debit charges and gave me a 3 choice ultimatum netflix, cable tv or blockbuster's club. After a lot of thought (an embarrassing amount of thought) I choose Direct TV with DVR. It comes on Friday. Last night my husband and I were falling asleep on the couch watching a Nova special on the Parthenon it was fascinating but we were pooped after chasing munchkin all day. I could have taped it, we do have a recordable DVD player but it takes for ever to set it up and if takes more than a couple of button pushes on the remote it is just too much for me. I feel a major addiction coming on.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday Blahs

To say I have a case of the Monday Blahs would be an understatment. I have been at work for 2 hours and have not done one work related thing. I decided that after years of trying to disprove the "you have to play to win" lottery theory that I probably would have better luck if I bought a ticket. This is my third drawing. I am hopeful because no one has won my money and it is now up to $150,000,000. I have some rules. I only play if the jackpot is over $70,000,000 ( if you are going to dream you should dream big) and I only spend $2. I am not sure what this says about me but if I won I would still go to law school (without the worry about loans or grades).

Friday, February 8, 2008

June LSAT

June will be my month, really! I can feel it. My last practice test was a 160 and it was just too close for comfort. I would be happy with a 160 on the real thing. That is why I want to be scoring a solid 165. In the meantime I am really examing what I hope to do with a law degree and I am begining to lean heavily towards a dual degree, JD and MA in public policy. Also I am having pre-op testing right now for weight loss surgery which I will detail on another blog. But I am still plugging along and my dream of going to law school is alive and well.

Friday, February 1, 2008

WORK

I was asked about my work recently and it inspired this post. I work at one of the mega global firms. However I am on a team, so even though the law firm has thousands of lawyers and over 40 just at this office I only really work with maybe 6 (at most) on regular basis. I am a project assistant also called case assistant (at some places) it's the equivalent of being a jr. paralegal. I work in transactional law so over 90% of the paralegal classes I took (I just recently got my certificate) have no relevance whatsoever to what I do but they were still a good foundation. I like transactional work because of the pace. Now that I have family I like knowing I will be at home for dinner every night. There are deadlines and sometimes there is pressure but defiantly not as intense as litigation. They often work until 11pm every night whenever a trial is coming up. I miss the adrenaline rush of being so busy sometimes, but I think for the most part I am happier doing this.

As far as paralegal work goes, it can get boring I do the same things over and over especially at my level. One of the downsides of working at this kind of place is you are competing with summer and first year associates for low level substantive work which means I do a lot of work that is not substantive. But I would not go back to a small firm, maybe mid level but not small. Small firms just can not compete with the pay and benefits of a larger place. The way to get the good work at a big firm as a paralegal is to become a specialist. The specialists I work with are considered experts in a certain area of the types of transactions we do. They do work that even 3rd or 4th year attorneys do and they bill as much as a starting associate but they have been doing it for 10 plus years. They make around 100,000 a year but associates make 190,000 minimum with bonus and they know squat, but that is how it works. That being said we have more than our fair share of bitter paralegals, it does work to inspire me to go to law school because I see my future everyday. I don't want to be bitter.

I would recommend to anyone who is interested in law and/or thinks they want to go to law school to become a paralegal. It is a great way to test the waters and make sure that is what they want. You meet all kinds of lawyers and see exactly what they do. Also I know a couple of paralegals who have been promised jobs if they go to law school even if it is not a top tier school. Although very rare it is possible to break in that way.