Undergraduate School: Saint Edward’s University
Undergraduate Major: Pre-Law
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Status: Full-Time Day
4/24/13 - With today being the last day of class, it is time to dedicate all of my time to finals. All of my outlines are complete and today I spent a few hours after school in the library reviewing my Contracts outline. After the review session, I feel better about my Contracts final on Monday. It is my first final exam and I am primarily focusing on this subject right now. I am also spending a couple of hours every day studying for Civil Procedure because of the amount of information, and the fact that the test is only four days after my Contracts exam. The next two weeks will definitely be very tiring. I will be spending a lot time reading supplements and going over my outlines. It seems that there will be a lot of coffee in my future to help me get through these long days of studying.
On Saturday, I was able to attend the Crawfish Boil. Although I was only able to go for a short amount of time, it appeared to be a lot of fun. Everyone was really enjoying themselves and the food smelled amazing. It was making me hungry while I was helping to set up the Kaplan table. I am sure that everyone attended, had a lot of fun and really enjoyed their time at the Crawfish Boil. I will definitely be attending next year and will not be leaving early.
I hope everyone does well on their exams and manages to keep cool during this stressful time.
4/17/13 - It was a nice surprise this weekend when I found out that my father would be coming down to Dallas for a day on business. My dad will only have a few hours to spend before his flight leaves back home. Although I can only see him for a short amount of time, it will be nice to be able to show him around and maybe have an early dinner before he leaves.
On Saturday, I will be working for one-hour during the Crawfish Broil at the Kaplan table. This will be the first time that I perform any duties for Kaplan and am excited to see how everything goes. I am also looking forward to having some of the crawfish, which I recently had for the first time a couple of months ago.
During this time last year, I came to Fort Worth for a scholarship dinner at the Ashton Depot. On one of the days that I was here, I attended Fort Worth’s Main Street Art Festival. Today I found out that the Art Festival is this weekend and I am excited to go again this year. It was a lot of fun and very interesting even though I am not the most artistic person. I would definitely recommend attending because the artwork is exceptional and very interesting.
This weekend, I intend on studying for Contracts because it is my first final of the exam period. I will also make sure that I have completed all of my outlines.
4/10/13 - This is not the best time to be feeling under the weather. Today, I had to take an unfortunate trip to the doctor after waking up sick. I hope the medicine that the doctor gave me helps cure my cold, because the last thing I want to be is sick right before finals.
Tomorrow will definitely be an interesting day because I have my oral argument for my Legal Writing class. I am trying not to overthink the presentation tomorrow so that I do not make myself nervous. Yesterday, I started to outline my argument and am feeling confident, but I know that things can change when it is actually time to present. I will be presenting sixth tomorrow and that gives me additional time to prepare before class. I hope everything goes well because I have had a lot of time to prepare.
On Monday, I had to wake up at 6:30 a.m. to register for next fall. Luckily, I was able to register for all the classes that I wanted to take. My thought process going into registration was to take some of the harder classes during the fall, when I am well rested from the summer, and to take an easier schedule during the spring. This should work to my advantage.
By next week I will be completely done with my Legal Writing class and will be devoting all of my time to studying for finals.
4/3/13 - This has been a very long week because of the amount of time that the trial brief has required for me to put into it. Last night alone, I was up until 2:00 a.m. reading it over and over again. It seemed that every single time that I read it, there was something that I decided to change. It almost seemed as if it was a never ending process. This was by far the longest assignment that I have turned in while at law school. Before this, my longest assignment had been a memo that was eighteen complete pages. After all of my hard work, my trial brief ended up being over thirty pages long. The assignment was a good experience because I had never written a motion for summary judgment or an affidavit. Hopefully, my professor enjoys my paper and it receives a good grade.
Today in class, everyone seemed to be exhausted from working on our trial brief, and our professors were well aware of this. We were all very relieved to have finally turned it in because it is our last major assignment for our Legal Writing. The only tasks left in Legal Writing are our oral arguments and our citation exam. I found out that I present next week on Wednesday, which gives me a little over a week to prepare.
This weekend I will be traveling to Austin for my old roommate’s birthday. Hopefully, it is a fun weekend and a nice reward for completing my memo.
3/27/13 - Although Spring Break allowed me to have a weeklong vacation away from school, I still feel that it was far too short. This may be because classes resumed at a furious pace when I returned, especially my Legal Writing class. It requires us to work on a trial brief that is due a week from today and has taken a lot of time. It is a completely different task than what was required for the memos, even though they have some of the same parts. Today I worked on the trial brief for around five hours before I stopped for the night after getting frustrated. I was trying to figure out where to put everything and deciding what was the best way to structure the paper. Hopefully, the paper will turn out well and does not cause me too much stress during the next seven days.
On a much lighter note, I finally got my puppy during Spring Break. It has been a very busy week with him but it has also been a lot of fun. It is nice to have him there to help balance out all of the stress that is right around the corner with finals being a month away. By next week, I will have my trial brief completed and turned in. I also intend to make sure that my outline for Contracts is updated and almost complete, because my first final this semester is Contracts.
3/6/13 - With Spring Break just a week away, it is hard not to be excited for that nice long break that I am sure almost all of us have circled on our calendar at home. Spring Break will provide a nice chance to go home for a few days. Unfortunately, my Spring Break will not be all fun since I plan on using a majority of the time to update my outlines and begin to work on multiple choice questions. On Wednesday, my LARW class will also be given our trial brief and I am sure that it will require me to perform research during Spring Break as well.
But before I can begin to think about Spring Break, there are quite a few things that I must deal with this week. Today, I plan on working on my Civil Procedure practice essay that we were given on Thursday. This practice essay will be a good way to determine how strong my Civil Procedure outline is for the first part of the class. Then on Wednesday, I plan on taking the Property practice test which will present another challenge due to the vast amount of information that we have covered.
Hopefully, both practice exams go well and both my Civil Procedure and Property outlines are where they should be. I hope everyone has a great Spring Break and enjoys the week off from school.
2/27/13 - During the weekend I had the pleasure of being introduced to a practice Multi-State Performance Test (MPT), which was anything but a pleasant experience. The MPT is a portion of the bar exam that is administered on the first day of the test. It requires you to perform a task such as writing a legal memo in one hour and thirty minutes. My class and I were assigned a practice MPT because we will be required to take an MPT during class on Wednesday. Although it will likely not be as difficult as the one given for the bar, it is a significant portion of our grade.
On Sunday, I did the practice MPT and I did not believe that it would present a major problem since I had already completed three memos for LARW. An hour and a half later, I realized that my initial thoughts were deeply flawed and that the MPT would end up being a much tougher task than I had expected. The practice MPT required us to write a memo. However, when we are usually assigned a memo, the class is given several weeks to work on it. The challenge seems to be to figure out a way to write a condensed and efficient memo during the allotted time in class.
Hopefully, my in-class MPT goes well on Wednesday and I am able to cover all of the issues.
2/20/13 - When my Property professor assigned the class our second writing assignment, I did not believe that it would be half as complicated as it turned out. Property class is turning out to be very interesting, especially since we started learning about how to write conveyances. Although frustrating at times, conveyances are fun because they allow you to be creative. The language does have to be very specific and on point. Every word or phrase is important because you do not want there to be any ambiguity.
On Friday, when I began working on the conveyance, I was very frustrated because I knew that I had to be very selective in how I worded it and wanted to make sure that all of the conditions were as clear as possible. After working on it for four hours on Friday, I felt that I needed some time off which really helped when I continued on Sunday. It is funny when I think about how an assignment of only 400 words can cause so many problems. Hopefully, all the time I spent working on the assignment pays off.
On a much lighter note, some of my friends and I have decided to participate in Tough Mudder, which is a long obstacle course run in Dallas. I am very excited because it is something that I have never done before. We are currently thinking of a team name and slogan so if anyone has any suggestions, I would definitely like to hear them.
2/13/13 - We are a month into the second semester and it is about the same time that I began to outline last semester. This semester presents a tougher challenge, because the material is much more difficult and it is important for my outline to be very detailed. I was discussing outlining with some of my friends and I feel that Civil Procedure will likely present the most problems. This is due to the fact that there are a number of steps that I am sure we will have to go through in the essay portion for that class. Civil Procedure is a very difficult class and I am sure that outlining this weekend will present a very challenging task.
I have a lot of work to get done this weekend. On Monday, I have a client letter for LARW due. On Tuesday, I have my second assignment for Property due. It was a nice surprise to see that my Property assignment was pushed back a few days because now I have an entire weekend to work on it. This will be very helpful since it is limited to 400 words. Having such a small word limit is difficult because our rule explanation and argument have to be very concise.
Hopefully everything goes well with those two assignments and I have a productive weekend.
2/6/13 - Memo 3 was finally turned in today and it feels nice to have it completed, even though it took up all of my time during the weekend. It did turn out to be a good experience - it was the first time that I performed my own research on a memo. I am sure that this will be very useful when we are given our trial brief assignment. But our trial brief will likely be assigned in a couple of weeks, and I plan on not thinking about it until that time comes.
Even though it seemed like most of the class was completely worn out from working on our memo, we were lucky enough to have a great surprise in Contracts class. It seemed that our professor knew that we were all very tired until he told us that he had created a song for one of the cases that we were assigned to read. He performed a very entertaining song about a case that involved the sale of a cow and how the owner was now refusing to sell it. I must admit that it was a very funny song and definitely brought the class back to life. The song ended up being a great idea.
This weekend I plan to begin outlining for some of my classes and enjoy a memo-free weekend.
1/30/13 - Memo 3 is due in a week and I have put together a nice plan on how to manage all of my work over the next week. After doing the majority of my work during the weekend, I was able to finish the rest of this week’s readings on Monday. Yesterday I started doing some of my homework for the following week, so that I can have the entire weekend to focus on Memo 3. This assignment will be the first grade of this semester for LARW so it is important that I get started on the right track. As of now, I have been able to find most of the cases that I intend on using, but I may use Friday morning to double check.
It seems that this is about the time that we are supposed to start really thinking about our plans for this summer. With this in mind, I have started to put together my legal resume in hopes of interning somewhere over the summer. I am still uncertain if I want to limit my search to only the DFW area. Since I went to school in Austin, I think that I may also apply to a couple of internships over there. By next week, Memo 3 will be turned in and I can start sending out my resume.
1/23/13 - Having a four day weekend only a couple of weeks into the second semester of school was a very nice mini vacation. Although it did not go exactly the way I would have liked, it was nice to get all of my work done for the week. During the four day weekend I spent most of my time working on a number of assignments that were due this week. On Friday, I spent almost the entire day in the library gathering research for my email memo that was due today. Finding research to support my position was a bit harder than I had expected, but it was still a good experience. It was interesting to read all of the court cases dealing with covenants not to compete and trying to decide which case would have the greatest impact on my argument. I am interested to see how I did. Hopefully our class will have our papers back by Monday.
Last time, I mentioned that I am getting a dog in a few weeks and am getting more and more anxious to be able to take him home. I am quite sure that my roommate is getting tired of hearing me complain about not being able to take him home by now. This may sound ridiculous since I still have seven more weeks before I can have him.
Hopefully, by next week I will have the second portion of Memo 3 done so that I can have an entire week just to work on editing.
1/16/13 - One week into the second semester of school and classes are already beginning to hit full stride. Tomorrow my LARW class will be given our Memo 3 assignment. This memo will be different than the others because in our first two memos that we were assigned, all of our cases were given to us by our professor. Now it is up to us to use our researching skills to find cases to support our argument. In order to do this, I have to go to two researching classes. One of them was held on Monday morning and I have another one tomorrow morning before my LARW class. Right now I am looking forward to the assignment and am anxious to see what the topic of our memo will be.
Well, this weekend was very stressful because my truck broke down and I had to take it to get it fixed. I am glad that it finally got fixed because it forced me to be trapped in my apartment for two days. On the bright side, I decided that I will be buying a puppy within the next couple of months. I have been in contact with a breeder over the past couple of weeks and received news that her dog finally had some puppies today. This has me very excited even though I will not be able to choose one for a couple of months.
1/9/13 - Well it was a good first semester and a great three week Christmas break, but it is time to get back to work. Today in class they asked if anyone had done anything fun during break and it seemed as if most people had taken my approach of just relaxing.
This might sound uneventful but I really enjoyed spending time with my family and friends. It was a much more relaxed environment than the four and a half months of being on my toes in class, just in case I got called on. The only major thing that happened to me occurred right before I left back to Fort Worth. El Paso, which never receives more than an inch of snow a year, received five inches, and towns just east of it received nearly a foot of snow. Although this was exciting, it happened at the wrong time and forced me to travel two days later than I had originally planned.
Classes this week have gone by very smoothly. Most of my professors have spent a good portion of class time explaining the syllabus as well as what to expect during the semester. They all seem very interesting but there is a lot of reading that we will be doing this semester for each of them. I should have expected that when I bought my books on Monday and saw that my Civil Procedure book has over a thousand pages. Hopefully by next week I have a good feel for all of my new classes.
12/18/12 - I woke up on Monday, ready for school, and had to remind myself that I am on Christmas vacation. It is very nice though to be done with school for three weeks and enjoying my break back home. As of today, I have not really done much other than see my family and relax, but it has been nice to be able to just sit back while I watch television. It does feel weird though because I keep feeling like I should get up and read, even though I do not have any assignments. I am glad that I have the list of books that are required for next semester and I might decide to take a glance at some of them.
Overall, it was a great semester and I am anxious to receive my grades for my classes. All of my classes were very interesting and I learned a lot. I have already received a couple of questions from my family about school and am constantly having to remind them that I have only been in law school for one semester. I am sure during Christmas break that there will be plenty more.
Well, I hope everyone has a great Christmas and is safe during the holidays.
12/12/12 - Today when I walked out of my Criminal Law final, all I was thinking was, “three classes down and one more to go.” It is hard to believe that after my Legislation and Regulation final on Wednesday, I will be officially done with my first semester of law school. It feels as if the first day of school was just yesterday, and yet here I am about to complete my first semester. It has definitely not been easy with all the work that was assigned over the past four or so months, but I am glad that everything has worked out the way that it did.
I am sure that the majority of us IL’s are very happy that finals are almost over and are looking forward to having a nice three week Christmas break where we can enjoy spending time with our friends and families without having to worry about getting called on in class. It is difficult to remember that there is still one test left when Christmas break is so close. Luckily for me we have a review in about a half hour, which I am sure will remind me about how much work is still left to be done.
By next week I should be in El Paso where I will be enjoying a well-earned three week break.
11/28/12 - Walking off the plane on Monday morning, all I was thinking was that Thanksgiving break had gone by way too fast. I really enjoyed going home and spending some time with my family and friends. My time in El Paso was very busy and I tried to see as many people as possible. My family had a terrific Thanksgiving feast which I greatly enjoyed but must now run off at the gym. It is nice to know that in a few weeks I can go back and spend some more time back home.
Classes are officially over and all that are left are finals. As great as this may sound, it is way too early to celebrate. In fact, I just spent the past five and a half hours in the library working on Torts and later on I have some more Torts-time scheduled. It seems that all I will be doing for the next two weeks is studying and reading. My time in the library today went by very quickly, but I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Hopefully, all this studying will pay off on Monday when I take my first final exam for Torts.
11/20/12 - The semester is nearly over and it is almost time to go back home for Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, I will be heading back to El Paso to spend a couple of days with my family. I am very excited to get to see my family and enjoy whatever time I get to relax. Since the semester is ending, it is easy to start looking forward to the holidays and I am trying hard not to look ahead. I must admit that every day it is getting a little harder because it has been a long semester and the thought of having no homework during Christmas break is sounding better and better. Especially, when I think about how much studying I have to do before finals.
I am really going to try to get a little bit of work done every day. Luckily, some of my other friends in graduate school are going to be in town as well and we are in the process of setting up a little study group so that none of us have any excuses for not doing our work while we are back home. Having my friends there and studying with each other should be fun. I am sure that everything will work out. Well, I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and travel safely.
11/14/12 - I am starting to wonder how many more times I can read my memo before I finally am satisfied with it and decide to submit it. The cases were all very interesting to read and I have enjoyed writing it, but I will be ecstatic when it is finally submitted. The memo has caused a lot of stress since it is worth fifty percent of our grade for LARW, and there is a lot of pressure to make it as good as possible before tomorrow at 9:30 in the morning. Hopefully, I will only force myself to read it a few more times, because I feel as if I have memorized the first two pages already. At least after this memo, all I really have to do for LARW is the citation exam on Tuesday and I will be all done with that class.
What I can be excited for is that Thanksgiving is just a little more than a week away! I am extremely excited to get to go home and see my family. Just thinking about all the food that my grandmother will cook is making me hungry and even more eager to go back. Unfortunately though, our Academic Support leaders shed an unwelcome light on all the work we need to get done during the break. This could be a tough task since most of my family goes into town for the holidays, but I guess I have to figure out a way to get my studying done.
11/7/12 – “She got me.” That is what I was thinking when I got called on in Torts this week. Only a month left of class and I was starting to think that my professor would end up not being able to call on everyone in the class. When I heard her say, “Mr. Ramos,” my first reaction was, “She got me.” I had a good run but like all good things, they have to come to an end. What I can say is that it was not as bad as I thought it would be but I am pretty sure my leg might have been shaking when I first stood up. Well, I guess I should be glad that it is over now and I have some experience standing up in the middle of class. It really was not as bad as it seems once the questions start coming.
Well, Friday is also a big day for me with regard to finding out how I did on my first memo assignment. I am a little nervous, but more than anything, I am anxious. Like most of my classmates, I have been wondering what my LARW professor thought about it. It will also be good to know what I need to work on in regard to Memo 2. Hopefully my conference on Friday goes well and Memo 2 is ready to be turned in.
10/31/12 - Today I looked at the calendar and realized that we only have about a month left of classes before finals. My friends and I were talking about it today, and we all agreed that the semester seems to have gone by so quickly. This is probably because of all the work we are assigned, but nonetheless, it is still unreal.
When I look back at the first case briefs I did for Torts, they are almost comical compared to the ones I do today. When we were first learning how to do our case briefs in Academic Support, the TA's shared with us some of their case briefs from their first year to help us learn. They emphasized how much better their case briefs were now and how much they had improved from what they were showing us. This was the same thought that runs through my mind when I see what mine looked like. My reasoning section has gone from two sentences to being a lot more detailed and informative.
Another example is in Torts when my professor put in front of us a jury instruction over what I believe was conspiracy. It was funny, because when she asked us if we would have been able to understand what it meant prior to coming to law school, I was thinking, “Definitely not.” But when I saw it last week, it seemed very simple because of everything I have been taught. The thought that what was once foreign and was now easy to understand made me glad that I am here.
10/24/12 – Well, the Criminal Law test we took last Friday was interesting. I really am not sure what to say about it in terms of how I did. What I do know is that I have been waiting to get our scores back and today when I walked into Criminal Law, I was nervous and anxious. The anxiousness was amplified when one of my friends said that our professor might have our grades. Unfortunately, this was not the case so I am crossing my fingers that our grades are posted over the weekend.
I found out that my LARW professor emailed us our assignment for our second memo this week, which means that my three day relaxation period after my final midterm is over. I guess that I should be happy that I had a couple of easy days and that there are not any major tests to worry about until the finals. However, when I saw the ten cases that we have to read for memo 2, it all went away. I am thankful though that Professor Kelly changed our rough draft’s due date from Thursday to next Tuesday.
Thanks to the change in LARW, I may be able to go visit my cousin who runs track for Texas A&M this weekend. Although he will probably never read this, I should say “congratulations” to him and his teammates who received their Big 12 championship rings this past weekend. With law school keeping us as busy as it does, road trips are usually out of the question. Hopefully it all works out.
10/17/12 - Last night may have been the best sleep that I have had in the past month. If you are wondering why, it is because on Tuesday our final version of Memo 1 was due. This past week, especially the last three days, were quite exhausting. Monday night, I must have uploaded my Memo to submit it at least five times before I would change my mind and decide to read it one more time. The more I think about it, the more I start to stress about something else I should have done. Right now, I am making every effort to try to not think about my Memo, but it is not nearly as easy as it sounds, especially yesterday when it was the talk of the class.
Well, after taking a small break after school and enjoying the fact that my Memo was turned in, it is now time to focus on my Criminal Law midterm on Friday. I believe that it is only fourteen questions and I am not sure if I should perceive this as a good thing or a bad thing. Good because it is not going to be a long and exhausting test, but bad because if we miss more than one question, we have already gone down to a B for our grade. If we miss more than three we are at a C. These kinds of test do not leave much room for mistakes. With that in mind, I feel that I should get started on my studying for today. Wish me luck.
10/10/12 - Thursday! Thursday! That was my reaction when our class was told when we would be getting the results from our Torts exam that we took this past Friday. Now two days might not seem like a long time to wait, but it is to me since I have been thinking about and going through every question I can remember for the past couple of days. I am not sure if everyone was feeling the same as I was when I heard that, but judging from the other students’ reactions, I do not think that I was alone. All of us seem to be anxious to know how we did, although we might feel differently if we get results that are not what we hoped. I am sure on Thursday that all of us will be running to the print out of our grades with sweaty hands hoping that we did well.
Well, even though my Torts midterm will be running through my mind for the next two days no matter how hard I try to avoid thinking about it, I need to start focusing on my Memo that is due on Tuesday and my next midterm that is next Friday. There is a lot that needs to be done in regard to both things which means that I should be very busy for next week and a half. We also have a practice final exam for Torts this Thursday which adds to the to-do-list. Hopefully by next week I have good news about my Torts exam and turned in a Memo that I can be proud of.
10/3/12 - Three more days and I will be in class taking my first test in law school. The midterm on Friday will be for my Torts class, and all of the studying has kept me pretty busy for the last two weeks. I feel that I am prepared for the test, but something inside of me keeps saying that there is no such thing as enough studying and to keep going. The good thing is that last week I was able to finish all of my work for thecurrent week, which has allowed me to give Torts my full attention. Hopefully Friday will get here sooner than later so that all of this information that I have memorized won’t find its way out of my head before the time of the test.
Well, this weekend was not all bad, other than the Torts studying which took up all of Friday and part of Sunday. My Packers were able to recover after being robbed the weekend before against the Seahawks which was good. They also happened to beat my friend’s team, the Saints, which allowed me to have some bragging rights. I tried to take it easy though since it was his birthday this week. I also had another friend from back home come into town to watch the Cowboys game. It was good seeing a friend home since I won’t be back there until Thanksgiving.
In all it has been a good week, and hopefully next week I will be saying good things about my Torts test and not stressing about what my grade will be.
9/26/12 - Well, it seems that I started the celebration a little too early. Just as Memo 1 Part 1 was turned in, I was reminded that I have two midterms within the next two weeks to study for. It was really nice to enjoy those few couple of days and it seemed as if I would be stress-free for a little while. But as I said before, I spoke way too soon.
Next week is my Torts midterm, and a week later there is a midterm for Criminal Law. Not to mention that we should be receiving Memo 1 Part 1 back any day now, so we will be starting to write our final version of Memo 1. I guess what I am trying to say is that the library will be seeing a lot of me this month.
There were a few things that I did get to enjoy this past week, like an event during lunch that was hosted by the Aggie Society. Professor Kelly, my LARW professor, and Professor Spurlock spoke to us about their experiences in law school. Each of them told stories about how they ended up going to law school and shared with us some advice on how to succeed throughout our time here. They were both very entertaining and made us laugh. We were also provided with a great lunch, so I recommend that people attend their next event.
Next week, I will hopefully have finished my work for the entire week and be preparing to take my Torts exam. It is a big test and I will be working hard to get a good grade.
9/19/12 - Memo 1 Part 1 is finally done! I am not sure if I actually shouted that when I finished it, but I do know how happy I was to have completed it. There was a huge sigh of relief when I turned it in today and I am sure that my LARW professor could tell that much of my class had spent most of the weekend working on it.
Actually, I feel that all of my teachers knew our memo assignment had been the primary focus of the class this weekend. It was funny to hear some of them tease us about how we should have had a nice weekend since “we didn’t really have anything too important to do this week,” which of course drew laughs.
To be honest though, the memos were really not that bad to write - all of the research and formatting was basically outlined for us. If anything, you could describe them as stressful because all of us want to do a good job and show our professors how hard we have worked on them. They did take a lot of time though. Next semester when we have to do our own research, I am sure that writing our memos will be far more difficult. As for now, the only thing to do is to wait and see if all the hard work paid off.
9/12/12 - The last time, I wrote about how anxious I was to receive my memo assignment. It seems that I spoke too soon. The memo has taken a lot of my time and it is becoming quite stressful, since this will be my first graded assignment. So far, our practice memos have gone well, but then again, they were not actually for a grade. Their purpose was to give us some practice writing a legal memo. Now that this assignment will be graded, there is immense pressure to correct the mistakes we made in the first one and put together the best memo possible. With this in mind, I am sure that I will be spending most of my weekend in the library working on perfecting it before the deadline on Tuesday.
My Torts class also got news about our midterm which is less than a month away. It was nice of the professor not to assign the test the same week as one of our major writing assignments for Legal Writing. Nonetheless, I am starting to fully understand how law school can be so time consuming. My schedule right now consists of going to school, lunch, back to school, go home, study, eat, study, and sleep. It is becoming clear that this will be my routine for this year and that I am just going to have to take advantage of my free time during the holidays.
Unfortunately, I was not able to make time to meet with one of my Academic Support leaders this week, but I am definitely going to see them this week. Next time I write I will have officially submitted my first assignment for law school.
9/6/12 - Today was busy after the nice Labor Day vacation. Everyone seemed to be lagging a little in my morning class, but we all woke up very quickly when our practice memos were handed back to us. Each of us seemed anxious to see how we had done after all the work and time we had put into the assignment. Despite the fact that I have heard a lot about how much work and time our memos require, I am still anxious to get started. Next week is the big day where we get our cases and can start working on Memo 1.
We got some big news in Academic Support as well: next week we would begin learning about outlining. I was glad to hear about this because that has been a major topic of discussion amongst my friends. In fact, I had spoken to a friend who is a 2L in Houston this past weekend, and he was telling me about how important a good outline was. Hearing about how important it is for our final did start to stress me out a bit.
In Academic Support they also started explaining to us more about the law school “curve” which is very different for undergrad. This helped me realize how important it is to take their advice. In fact, I will be paying them a visit this week to get some advice on my LARW memo. By next week, I hope that I have continued to become more comfortable with all of my law school classes and can report back about my Academic Support meeting.
8/24/12 - Hi everyone, my name is Manuel Ramos and I am from El Paso, Texas, which is located on the farthest west point of state. El Paso is a border city to Juarez, Mexico and to Las Cruces, New Mexico, which helps to create a unique culture.
As for my first week of school, it has been very interesting. I had been told that classes would get off to a fast start, but I had no idea what this truly meant. As of right now, I am not sure which of the following is taking a greater toll: the amount of reading I’ve done over the past week or thinking about all I have to do in the coming weeks. The first week of law school has kept me very busy and at times been very stressful.
A big help has been all the resources that are available to help get us through our first week. Academic Support has been an amazing resource because it gives us an hour to relax and ask questions to 2L students who know exactly what we are going through (they went through it last year). It is also nice to know that two weeks into school, we have a nice long four day weekend to take full advantage of next week’s readings. Plus it might actually let me have some free time to explore the DFW area so that I do not have to worry about getting lost every time I leave my apartment. Hopefully by next week I will have established a better routine than I have right now.