The Paper Chase, A Horror Film for 0Ls

February 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm (Misc.)

I’ve heard much talk about the coveted film, “The Paper Chase.” So much buzz that I was beginning to feel embarrassed to admit I had never seen it!  So when it arrived via Netflix last weekend I was quite eager to see what all the fuss was about.  I figured that a movie that is nearly 40 years old and still popular now must be pretty darn good.  Well, the movie was good, but I was fraught with horror!  Did the Socratic Method scare me? Nope.  Did the study groups scare me? Nope.  It didn’t even scare me that Hart’s classmates seemed to be dropping like flies among him.  What frightened me was that Hart fought so hard to survive Kingsfield’s class that after exams he was so turned off by law school that he didn’t even care to see his final grades! Imagine, spending so much time and effort that in the end you just don’t give a hoot anymore. That scares me.


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There ARE squirrels in the City! (Sort Of)

December 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm (Misc.)

Back in October, after receiving my first law school acceptance with full-tuition scholarship from “Big City School of Law” I expressed some concerns about my aptitude for city life. (See: “There are No Squirrels in the City“).  On a recent visit to the City, I discovered there are squirrels in the city, and even chipmunks too . . .sort of.

The Brooks Brothers Window Display in the City

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I <3 Podcasts

December 11, 2010 at 2:01 am (Misc.)

Lately I have had a lot of mindless filing to do at the office. Things have been particularly slow, which is a good opportunity for me to hunt down that long lost file collecting dust in one of our “of counsel” attorney’s office.  My firm is pretty lenient on listening to music while filing and oter mundane tasks so I loaded up my Ipod with interesting podcasts.  Below are a few of my favorites that I thought would interest some of you:

The Paralegal Voice. Hear the latest issues and trends in the world of paralegals and legal assistants with two nationally known career paralegals and co-hosts, Vicki Voisin and Lynne DeVenny.

Lawyer2Lawyer.  J. Craig Williams and Robert Ambrogi are top law bloggers that together host Lawyer2Lawyer.  They bring us their (sometimes opposing!) views on a variety of hot legal topics from literally across the country.

Law School Interactive.  Law School Interactive is a website that will educate and answer questions from potential and current law school students.  On a weekly basis we will be posting podcasts that will answer law school frequently asked questions, profile an individual law school or dive into an interesting topic that refers to preparing for law school, law school or law students in a variety of ways.

Law School Podcaster.  Law School Podcaster is your online source for everything law school. Our podcasts deliver the information, insight and advice law school applicants and students need to gain admission to the right school and to prepare for the competitive world of law school and beyond. Topics include everything from a behind-the-scenes view of the admission process to post-law school job opportunities and current market trends. Guests include law school deans, alumni, LSAT test preparation companies, law school admissions authors, law school admissions consultants, recruiters and more. On each segment, we will go in-depth and interview the leading experts on a particular topic of interest to law school applicants and students.

Anne Levine Blog Talk Radio. Hosted by law school admission consultant Ann Levine, author of “The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert.” Tips & Strategies for law school applicants are offered by the Law School Expert, Ann Levine, whose blog is read by 100,000 law school applicants each year. Learn about the LSAT, law school personal statements, letters of recommendation, choosing law schools, and ask questions about timely issues for those seeking admission to law school.

Life of a Law Student. Podcasts are no longer updated, which is disappointing (hey LoaLS if your looking for new podcasters to revive LoaLS, send me a line!). Nevertheless, Life of a Law Student provides a significant amount of audio on what law students are learning.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm (Misc.)

I hope everyone has a wonderful and enjoyable Thanksgiving.  While this means I have to put up with some of my most annoying family members today, I am still grateful to have them in my life.  (Even if they roll their eyes when I talk about my passion for law and motivation for law school).  Anyway, I have so much to be thankful for this year.  Like for one, the fact I’m not a turkey on Thanksgiving!

Seriously though, I am so grateful that I have been admitted to three really terrific law schools and that I have the opportunity to attend one of them tuition-free. I am truly blessed.

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Diane Sawyer Interviews Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor

November 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm (Misc.)

If you didn’t already know, I’m probably one of RBG’s biggest fans. I have a google alert setup to send me weekly emails of the latest RBG news. Anyway, my google alert delivered this Diane Sawyer interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor – I thought I’d share. It also includes a 3 minute clip of the interview, wherein RBG advises, women should have a sense of humor in the face of gender discrimination.  On a personal note, sometimes it pays to be “a little deaf” when dealing with spousal relations.

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Midterm Ramblings

October 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm (Misc.)

This week and next I’m stressing over, studying for, and taking midterms for six classes (while working more than part-time). Ugh. I guess I better get over the concept of being tested over everything I know and it making or breaking my course grade because law school grades are usually based 100% on the final exam. Mindlessly reviewing flashcards with terms and definitions, however, is something I hope to leave in my undergrad past. It seems a lot of my undergraduate courses have been all about remembering key concepts and then regurgitating the facts or definitions on exam day. I’m looking forward to law school so that I can learn and then apply my knowledge.

I’m also very distracted right now by the fact that I’m “in review” at all but 3 law schools I applied to.  I keep trying to ban myself from logging in but can’t resist.  I’ve also become obsessive over every detail of the status checker. For example, whether a dollar figure or just zeros are in the seat deposit column, etc. Actually . . .this just gave me an idea. Perhaps I should be taking print screens of every status checker each time I log in and then compare for any differences or clues.  Yep, I’ve lost it.

Another distraction has been, “The Good Wife.” I did not tune in last season so I’ve slowly been working my way through Season 1 DVD’s and hope to eventually catch up in time to watch Season 2 from the CBS website and/or when it originally airs.  I love how Alicia is emerging as a powerful, independent woman. She’s handing a lot of different issues that have been thrown at her and I think a lot of women can identify with this.

One thing I’m sick of right now is the snarky attack-ads for the midterm elections.  My head is spinning with all of these evil candidates trying to sink our economy and overtake the world. This is why people dont’ vote. We are all confused. We are so scared of making the wrong choice we make none at all.

Ooooh, one thing I’m very excited for. I have decided to undertake another major research project similar to the one I did last semester on judicial selection.  This one, for class credit, will be focused on women lawyers and why nearly 50% of law students are female yet far fewer than half of practicing attorneys are women.  Should be interesting.

Anyway, back to midterm studying . . .

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Television Legal Dramas

September 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm (Misc.)

Other than the long running Law & Order (which I’m ashamed to say I’ve never seen) it seems a lot of legal t.v. shows don’t catch on.  My all time favorite was TNT’s “Raising the Bar” featuring Zack Morris . . . oh wait, I mean Mark Paul Gosselar.  It was cancelled after just two seasons.  Another one that I enjoyed but was cancelled after just 12 episodes was “Conviction” which I believe ran on NBC. 

Beginning September 15th NBC will air a new show, “Outlaw” which features a SCOTUS justice that steps down from the bench to seek justice.  While I like the concept, I question just how realistic this show will be.  C’mon, a SCOTUS Justice stepping down to take another job?  Geesh . . . didn’t Rehnquist actually die while still serving on the bench?  Anyway, I will definitely tune in, but have reservations about getting emotionally invested in yet another legal t.v. show only to have it cancelled. Is it worth the investment of time if it ends up ending abruptly? 

Watch NBC’s trailer for “Outlaw” which premieres September 15th at 10/9C.

UPDATE: after having viewed the pilot episode of “Outlaw”  I have to admit, I’m pretty impressed! I like the storyline, the seemingly accurate legal references, and the “feel good” story of justice being served. I highly recommend it, but I hope it lasts!

UPDATE: I tuned in last Wednesday hoping to catch the show but apparently it has been moved to Fridays 10/9c.  Hmmm . . . is this an early sign of a failing show?

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If today was your last day . . .

September 3, 2010 at 12:31 am (Misc.)

This song has gotten me through a lot of really long, stressful days.  I especially enjoy listening to it on my way home from school, at 10:00 p.m. after I’ve been up since 6:00 in the morning and worked 10 hours and then studied for five. I had the chance to see Nickelback in concert twice last year and they were fantastic.  Anyway, I thought I’d share it with you. I live by it.

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And if you really like it and want to feel inspired, read the lyrics:

My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day’s a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had, if today was your last day?
What if, what if, if today was your last day?

Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the price is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live like you’re never living twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreaming of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you’d finally fall in love if today was your last day?

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are

So do whatever it takes
‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life
Let nothing stand in your way
‘Cause the hands of time are never on your side

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreaming of
Swear up and down to God above
That you’d finally fall in love if today was your last day?

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The ways readers find my blog . . .

August 26, 2010 at 1:02 am (Misc.)

Each week I checkout the report on search terms readers used to find my blog.  Some of them are pretty funny.  It’s really interesting to see what people are searching for. And I feel bad when they may not have found it on my blog, so this post is an effort to help them find what they were looking for. In no particular order, here’s the search terms:

Hillary pantsuit green.

-Ew. I hope you aren’t considering purchasing one!

Proper court attire paralegal.

-Nothing too racy, but don’t got for a green Hillary-style pantsuit. This post may be helpful: and

Law School Anxiety

-Yep, I have it too, and I don’t think it will stop until after law school.  Yipee.

Are You Happy as a Paralegal

-Actually, yes.  Don’t mistake my desire for law school as an indication that I’m not happy as a paralegal or that the paralegal profession isn’t great because I think it is. I just know that for what I want to accomplish in my life, I will need a law degree.  Paralegals do many wonderful things, but they are limited to assisting supervising attorneys and can never give legal advice.

LSAT Study Buddies

-They do work, if both of you are totally committed and will hold each other accountable.

List of Tier 1 Law Schools

-This is my favorite one which also has profiles on the schools: TLS Rankings and Profiles

Paralegal Personal Statement

-Don’t feel that because your a paralegal you have to write only about being a paralegal.  My personal statement touched on many aspects of my life even though ultimately it was through my work as a paralegal that led me down this path.  Its important to not be a one-trick pony.

How to Check LSAC Urm Status

-Your URM (under represented minority) status is self-reporting.  It is what you say it is. No one else can tell you what your status is. Its what you self-identify as. To select a specific URM status, go to the CRS (candidate referral service) section on the left side of the page and click edit.  Also, each individual law school application will ask you to select your race/ethnicity.

How Long Does LSAC Take to Process

-LSAC takes an ungodly 3-4 weeks to process the LSAT score, a week for transcripts, and a week for personal statements (if snail mailed).  When one of my recommenders faxed his letter of recommendation, it appeared in my account an hour later, but there recently have been som reports that LSAC is no longer accepting faxed LOR’s due to the poor quality in the received faxes.

Law School Predictors for ABA Accredited

-Check out this blog post.

How to Address Law School Reference Letter

-I had my letter of recommendation writers address it “Dear Admissions Committee” or “To Whom it May Concern” but my boss insisted on his old stand-by, “Dear Ladies/Gentlemen”

Software For Law Students

-I’m a techie nerd, but I’m not totally sure on this. I do know that Black’s Law Dictionary has an e-version that is an add-in for a web browser or wordprocessing program that sounds pretty cool.  I also plan to use Microsoft OneNote for my note taking. I use this now for my undergrad notes and love it! It records while I type so that when I later want to review my notes I can highlight the text and it will plan what was recorded as I typed that particular text. Very handy. It also outlines without the hangups that are often problematic in Word.

How to Qualify for LSAC Fee Waivers

-You have to be broke. The threshold for this seems to be lower than what it is for qualifying for need-based scholarships.  I only qualified after appealing and demonstrating that my income this year is half what it was last year. (And it was pretty low last year!)

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August 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm (Misc.)

I was searching for an entirely different image and came across this:

Which, I find totally scary yet very practical! I’m easily distracted and often have difficulty focusing throughout the day.  Plus, my snoopy co-workers won’t have a clue that I’m really updating my blog, browsing, and updating my facebook status.  Hmmmm, I wonder how much this would cost to make . . . .

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