For now at least, I plan to keep this fairly anonymous. But in case someone stumbles upon this humble little blawg, I’ll give a basic introduction:

I graduated with a BA in English in December 2006, with ideas but no definite plan for my future. I secured a full-time job in a public library and worked there from August 2007 to January 2009. Somewhere in the middle of that (Winter of 2007, I believe), I got the crazy idea of going to law school. I bought the LSAT prep books, started to look at various schools, and let myself begin to dream.

As an English major, stress wasn’t exactly a part of my day-to-day student life. I can probably count the number of times on one hand that I felt the need to actually study for an exam. It was my philosophy that if I didn’t know it yet, I never would. In the end, I still managed a fairly admirable gpa.

All of that to say–when it came time to take the LSAT, I was treading on unfamiliar ground, in more ways than one. First of all, I didn’t know any lawyers. I didn’t know any law students or even other potential law students for that matter. So I had no one to talk to or ask about the test. Second, the decision to go to law school was somewhat sudden and I had no real background to prepare me for even the idea of it. The weekend before the test, I was out of town but I was still reading, practicing, and preparing for the LSAT. When I was down to less than 48 hours, I had a minor breakdown. I’m not positive, as I’ve never experienced anything like it before nor since, but I think it may have been a little panic attack. I couldn’t focus my eyes on the reading and it became difficult to breathe. I won’t lie–it was pretty scary.

Maybe all of that means that I’m not cut out for law. It’s a tough field and there are a lot of tough people in it. I’m pretty committed at this point though, so who knows how it will all turn out in the end…

On the bright side, I will have a unique advantage, going into school. At the end of January, I started working full-time at the law school’s library in the circulation department. While this isn’t quite as relevant as working, for example, in an actual law office, it will provide a sort of comfort level that other 1Ls might not have. I’m here 8 hours/day, 5 days/week. I’m getting familiar with the building and even some of the faculty (I’m still not sure if that part is good, though).

Another huge plus in all of that is the convenience-factor. Other part-time students will be driving from their job to the school during rush hour. I’ll lock up my desk, grab my casebooks & notes, and go downstairs to the classrooms.

Of course, I’ll probably be the first to go insane, as I will be in this building for 14 or 15 hours some days. So there are trade-offs.

I’ve been reading law students’ blogs (or blawgs) the past couple of weeks and I decided to jump in with my own thoughts & experiences. As I don’t necessarily expect a following, I’m doing this largely for myself. I’ve kept journals/blogs of one type or another for as long as I remember. Part of this will be, I’m sure, ramblings. The other part, I hope, will be records of my experiences and reactions to the things I’m learning as I progress. Assuming I keep up with this over the next 4-5 years, I think it will be interesting to be able to look back over, from time to time, and see how I’ve grown. Also, if someone does happen upon my corner of the web, perhaps something will help, encourage, or–dare I hope for as much?–cause them stop to think for a moment.