Post # 1
I didn’t think it would happen to me, Lawyer Bees, but it did. I did not stay on top of my work for this semester and now I have 4 finals in 2 weeks, tons of regular school work and clinic work to do and almost no studying done…at the moment I am prepping for class tomorrow while watching re-runs of Buffy. After that I have to finish work for the clinic, then maybe at midnight I will get to outlining.
Ladies, I am freaking out I am going to bomb the semester. Please talk me back from my cliff o’ crazy pants? Also, any advice?
I unfortunately had one Prof change his exam format last minute from a 24 hour take home exam to an in-class exam…I have embraced that B already as there is no chance that my notes are good enough and the curve sucks and I just have no time to learn the subject matter. As such I need to salvage the other 3 exams and hope for the best.
Post # 3
@Rubies: I’m not a lawyer bee but I can relate! I am completely overwhelmed with the amount of work I need to do before the end of the semester. I’m nervous about final exams and I’m scared of flunking out of school. This semester is actually better than last, when I failed my first class ever, but I’m still terrified. If I fail any more classes, it’ll totally throw off my graduation timeline, which would be bad all around.
Can you jot down a timeline/schedule of everything you need to do? Is there anything you can work on during non-traditional study times?
Hang in there, the semester is almost over!
Post # 4
@MissPine: Tragically, I need like 7 hours a day to work and I just don’t have it right now. I am not in danger of failing, but i am in danger of losing my class rank if I totally bomb this semester (law school is curved. Literally, unless you don’t show up to the final, you are getting a B- at least and if you basically understand the work you have a B)
I also have a ton of work to finish in my clinic which has smaller time lines and I have a note which is basically a thesis due the day before finals start.
No good choices, no good choices.
Post # 5
@Rubies: Hang in there! It happens to all of us at some point
Do you care about being published? Seriously, unless you have your heart set on publication b/c you want to go into academia or have a a decent shot at clerking, slack off a little on the note [also, that is a TERRIBLE deadline to have, I’m sorry!]. Clinic stuff is important, since that work is for actual people; plus those profs/supervisors can be good recommenders.
See if any 3Ls have outlines you can use/borrow/etc. Try to get sleep. It’ll all be over soon!
Post # 6
@bmarie12: tragically, the clinic is the WORST grade and might be my worst for all of law school…6 ppl, graded on a curve with only 2 2Ls and we are basically so overworked with our journals and our other classes. There is no way we are getting higher than a B+, this is also the class that got changed to an in-class a week ago.
I have Copyright which I get but really need time to absorb and TM which I am fuzzy on the doctrines but solid on public policy and statutory interpretation. Fed Tax is kicking my ass all over the place.
I am going to ask for an extension on the note, they won’t give it to me, but I figured asking can’t hurt.
Ugh, I ran the numbers and if I do positively horrid this semester, the only chance I have of not losing my rank is to get like a 3.8 next semester.
Post # 7
You can do it, girl! Just remember that because it’s curved, it may not be horrible. If everyone misses something or isn’t prepped, you’re all back to level again so you may not be as far behind as you think. Just plot out what you need to get done between now and each final, and literally write out your schedule to the hour. And make sure to get your sleep, you’ll be doing more harm than good cutting out your normal amount of sleep. *hugs*
You will make it, and you’ll be ok. Ask for some 3L outlines, focus more on each particular final as that one gets closer, and remember that you have the 3 following semesters to boost yourself if you’re not happy with this semester’s outcome.
Post # 8
You’lll be OK. Rank isn’t everything (easier said on the other side, I know, but it’s true). Everyone thinks Fed Tax is the devil. Just hang in there through winter break.
Post # 9
Good luck!! I remember the exhausting tedium of the last month of school. You will get through it though!!