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Part III: My Most Epic Failures in Law School – My Final Law School Outline

This post is part III of my VI part dedication to law school, now that I’m only a few weeks away from graduation. Best things about law school (part I) are here.  Worst things in Part II, here.

This part on my most epic failures around law school?  So easy.  Why?  There’s so many failures to pull from (just like the rest of my life), it will be hard to narrow them down!  I’ll do my best to be brief.

1.  Moot Court – I didn’t do it.  I probably should have.  It is supposed to help you figure out if you’d like to be a litigator or not.  I don’t have any strong feelings about litigation, and I made law review, so I ditched it.  Again bad idea, since so many students said it was their favorite experience of law school.

2.  Jurisprudence, an Environmental Law class, and Tax – I didn’t take these classes.  I would have loved to take Jurisprudence class, as I’ve heard some students say it was the best class of the bunch in law school.  We have another amazing prof in Environmental law at our law school too, but I ran out of time and couldn’t get one of his classes in either.

As for Tax?  Well, I’m certain my avoidance of that course I’ll pay handsomely for on the upcoming bar, but 4 hours of tax law class just wasn’t and isn’t for me.  Besides: I’m a firm believer in staying away from bad and negative energy, and friends? There’s just nothing good at all about taxes. There are other classes I wish I had time to take–like secure transactions and commercial paper–because I’m nerdy like that.

3.  Biggest class disappointments – classes I took that I was grossly disappointed with, because I WAS excited about taking them..that is, until I took them.  Closely held businesses was one.  Nonprofit law was another.  I was expecting so much more from both classes as an entrepreneur that I never got – like social business forms, like learning how to PREVENT problems from happening for business owners and NFP leaders, like CHOOSING between for and not for profit businesses rather than just studying train wrecks (more on that in how to fix law school).  And yes, there is a hierarchy of courses in my mind of best to worst, but I’ll spare you from a breakdown of the entire 90 hours of courses…

4. Not getting Uncle George back online – I ran for evening division graduation speaker on two grounds: a. I wanted to remind everyone at my law school that it was founded as a part-time evening law program, not as a full-time day program (sometimes, I think some people at my school forget that.  I wish they wouldn’t.) and b. I was going to campaign one last time to encourage Uncle George to get back on Facebook.  I didn’t win as class speaker.  But, our school has some challenges with keeping alums engaged.  Uncle George, when he was on Facebook, did a fantastic job with this.  He’s also a great professor.  If anyone at the law school really wants to get alums on board, they’ll clear the way and support UG getting back online.  (And I realize this may mean absolutely nothing to most of you, but it means a lot to someone who is about to become an alum of the school.)

So, Uncle George, if you’re reading this – this may be my final plea.  Don’t be one of my most epic law school failures.  Help a sister out and please get back on Facebook–the world needs your gentle reminders about world leaders’ birthdays and that Mercedes Benz fashion week is coming!

5. Not studying more in Evidence, Civ Pro and Trusts & Estates – for obvious reasons.  See the ‘worst of‘ list.  I’ll also have more on this under ‘biggest surprises’ – in that in law school?  It really, really, really depends much more on the professor teaching the coursework rather than just the content that matters.  I’ll spare you of that rant now.

6. Not having enough time on courses to really study them well – and this is one is totally and 100% my fault.  I just ran out of time each semester to really study hard, ask great questions, and perform at a level of immersing myself in something utterly and completely.  Life got in the way, and while I know that is not a valid excuse for my less than stellar academic performance, in defense?  This was the only way I could have gone to law school in the first place.  I don’t have anyone bankrolling me as a single woman, so stuff like a day job and bills to pay don’t stop just because I want to further my education.

7. Not reaching out enough to explore the profession of law during law school – Again, see #6.  Ran out of time.  The good news (and the equally frightening news) about a law degree is that you can do a LOT of different things with it.  What are those?  Well, beyond practicing as a lawyer, many – but I can’t articulate all of them here, because I didn’t explore them as much as I should have.

While I try not to live a life of regret, I do reflect upon and study my failures.  Above are some of my failures from law school.  And failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Failure is great, because it is an awesome teacher.  It teaches you a LOT of lessons that you’ll never get with mere success.

So, I raise a glass to all my epic failures of law school, and I hope you will right along with me.  Because we all must fail, fail fast and learn from our failures.  And failure?  It was and is one of my very best teachers in law school, and in life.

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