Monthly Archives: September 2013

Confidence in Law School

These last two week have been pretty crazy for me! I’ve been super busy with law school and all of my classes as the teachers have started to buckle down and start throwing a ton of material and knowledge at us. It is very stressful. Right now, I feel like I’m doing alright in all of my classes but it’s hard to tell sometimes because I don’t have a grade in the classes and that’s a little nerve-wracking for me because I don’t know if I’m doing well or not.

In some of my classes when the teachers ask questions to other students, I answer them in my head and get them right but sometimes I get them wrong. Right now, I would say I’m doing the best in Torts, ok in Contracts, ok in Property, ok in Civil Procedure and good in Legal Methods.

I believe that I can definitely improve in all of my classes but I think the two things that I have to improve the most on in class and out of class is my confidence and my outlines. When I’m in class, I get a little nervous about being called on, even though I’m prepared and sometimes I just kind of blank out when I’m asked questions that I should know the answers. It’s very worrying for me because I do not want to be taking the final exam and kind of draw a blank because I’m nervous. I’ve been volunteering more in classes and while I don’t get called on all the time, I do sometimes. It’s helped build my confidence a lot from where it was at before. My confidence is still a little shaky but hopefully I can continue to improve it.

My outlines have been a bit of an issue for me because while I know how to follow one, I’m not exactly how to create a law school outline. Should it be just the topics we’ve covered in class listed out, or do I need to write definitions under each thing we’ve covered. I’ve heard different things from almost everybody I’ve talked to about it. My new plan is to spend at least one or two hours everyday on my outlines so that I have a great outline to take into the final exams.

Overall though, while it has been very tiring and stressful lately, I know that this little bit of suffering will pay off in a big way in the future!

Phew! Completion!

Today was very stressful and a bit crazy! I spent most if the day working on a Rules assignment for Legal Methods where I had to read about four to five different cases and synthesize them in order to come up with a rule statement. Yeah, even explaining it stresses me out.

Writing the statement was a bit difficult for me because the instructions were not very clear and I was having a hard time finding out what exactly was needed in the assignment. Eventually though, I was able to get some clarification on the instructions from some classmates and I was able to get the assignment done before the deadline — not a lot before, but before!