Saturday, April 21, 2007

Finished.

Unbelievable. Still alive. Finished Thursday afternoon, drank Thursday night, moved Friday, today I leave on vacation.

Will write more when along our vacation. Yowzers.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Four Down. One to Go.

And ... Crim almost killed me, so no comment on that one. EVER. Don't even mention it to me. Well, maybe next week you can ... but DON'T even think about it until then.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Some Comments

So ... Contracts exam was ... not difficult per se. The test was NOTHING that was unexpected. If you're reading this and planning to attend U of S law school, Axworthy's Contracts exams don't change from year to year. You may get a tiny tweak in the fact pattern, or in the case that the fact pattern surrounds ... generally the facts sound like one case, but the law is from another case ... either way ... if you do the practice exams, you'll know what to expect. I don't mean this to say that I think I did well, but I wasn't surprised. OH - and look at past tutorials too, those revolve in and out of exams. Plus side is you'll be prepared, down side is that so will everyone else ... remember the wicked curve that ruins peoples' lives ... yeah.

As for yesterday, I did a lot of sleeping, dabbling in studying, and generally tried to avoid a melt-down. Oh, and I packed up my room a little, did the last load of laundry that I'll do here in Saskatoon.

This exam schedule is killing me, I'm drained, tired, exhausted, and so ready to go home. I'm dangerously close to having a pity party, and I am losing the energy to combat it all. Upside is, only two exams left, and less than a week to go. This time next week, I'll be in Oregon. Sigh. Oregon.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Friday, April 13, 2007

A Few Comments About the Exams So Far

Property: Test seemed kind of tough, was really about being able to identify issues ... it wasn't clear cut which way you could take each question, but I think that was the point ... you had some freedom and flexibility to apply many different concepts ... you just had to pick and choose because of the time constraints.

Test consisted of: 4 definitions, 1 short policy essay, 1 short aboriginal property law question, 1 short question with estate/perpetutites type problems, and a longer fact pattern type of question. I was writing like a demon for the full three hours. I felt relatively prepared, but as I still feel like somewhat of a newbie when I write law exams, I wasn't sure how far I could take my assumptions to apply a certain concept. We'll see.

Charter: Test was exactly as previous tests in form, with a few twists on the fact patterns. Wasn't surprising, but was another test that kept me writing for the full three hours. 3 Fact patterns and an essay. I found that the book "The Charter of Rights and Freedoms" by Robert J. Sharpe and Kent Roach really helped with everything. Especially the essay question.

And now, I'm going to see if this coffee shop has some ice for "the claw" ... you know, that thing that my hand is turning into from all the exam writing it has endured so far.
I Just Burnt My Tongue ...

... and surprisingly I don't care about it. Why? Because I'm feeling rather Carrie Bradshaw-ish at the moment. I was sipping my Caffe Broadway in the Roastery, while typing on my laptop, basking in the sunshine in their big window. Burnt my tongue, but the atmosphere here is about 1000% better than the frenzy of the law library.

Here's a tip to anyone that's thinking about law school - avoid the law library once it gets close to exams. Before exams, it's not bad ... but the close you get, the more you can feel it in the air, smell it on the students around you, and taste it in your gulps of anxiety. Find yourself a place that has an internet connection, good coffee, and excellent background music (Roastery fits all these things - especially the background music).

Now, I turn to Contracts.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Congratulations Nick & Carrie!!!
I'm So Hungry Right Now

I'm afraid that I might keel over.

BUT ... fear not ... pizza is on it's way. And ... I'm on my way back to contracts.

Don't you all love reading about how boring my life is during exam-prep time? Last night, I did watch About a Boy, though. LOVE that movie (makes me think of my Sister Julie).
This May Be Helpful

A fellow classmate showed this to me today:

http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/index.jsp?country=1

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Am I a Geek ...

... for liking my Charter class? It's all so very interesting. I like it all. I like the statutory interpretation aspect of it ... I like the policy/fundamental law building aspects of it.

It's so very exciting.

AND ... I'm almost done preparing for my Charter exam.

1 Class down, 4 to go.

I'm about half way through property, 1/3 of the way through contracts, and I haven't started torts and criminal yet ... but criminal has 33 cases to prep, tort ~50 ... so in comparison to the 100 or so cases I had to prepare in both Charter and Contracts ... I feel like I'm ahead of the game, so to speak.

Onward, fearsome Tuesday April 10th ... I think I may be ready for you. I fear you not, although I anxiety you (wink, wink), my heart is palpitating and my palms are sweaty ... my knees are weak too ... but that's muscle atrophy from all the time I've been spending in the law library. It's a shame, really. I liked my leg muscles.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Oh - and ...


... yesterday while I was avoiding studying, I updated my sidebar links. There are a couple of new ones, and I took away the ones that are either stale, broken, or ones that I just never check out. The rest are ones that I actually read somewhat regularly.

If anyone has any good sites as reccomendos for adding to my sidebar, feel free to suggest in comments.
This Mornings Re-Cap ... so Far

- Decided not to go to school to study, but to study from home (roomies are both out)
- Ate oatmeal and left-over Chinese food
- Applied for another summer job (took a long time to write the cover letter for that one)
- Started my Property studying, again (day 2)
- Tried to think of a nickname for myself for my Dodgeball team shirt (AND ... came up pretty empty, I don't really have any nicknames)
- Planned out dinner with the roomie (in honour of our weekly ANTM dinner party)
- Had a shower, did my hair
- Loaded the dishwasher and ran it
- Wrote on my blog.


AND ... now I'm going to try and get back to studying.


WHY IS IT SO HARD TO REMAIN FOCUSED?!??!?!?!?!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

AND ...

Happy B-Day U of S (She's 100 years old today, you know.)
Bloggers Are Everywhere ... AAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!

When I started blogging last June, I had no idea how huge the blogging community was. I'm still a newbie, but the power of the blog seems to be on a roller-coaster of recognition.

For legal blogs, here are some tips from the Canadian Bar Association when it comes to blogging:

http://www.cba.org/cba/PracticeLink/TAYP/blogpolicies.aspx

Now, if only the subliminal messages that I plant in my blog will finally come to fruition. One day ... one day.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Contracts CANS

In some of the CANS I got from the LSA it says that the Judicature Act bit can be found in Saskatchewan's Queen's Bench Act in Section 7 ... but I found it in Section 64 (PART IX).

I figure that anything I find to be "off" in the CANS, I'll post it here.
Oh Yeah ...

... and when the BF of my Roomie was over watching NASCAR, he used a phrase that I can't get out of my head - reminds me of law schooling and the dreaded marking curve.

Word of the week; Co-opetition.

Do you love it as much as I do?

Sunday, April 01, 2007

So ...


... I'm in exam mode, which explains the absence. If I'm not at school, I'm at home sleeping, basically.

And ... ever since I switched my blogger to beta with Google, I've had problems remembering my password, and I haven't had the time to go through the steps to recover it until now.

So ... lucky you, whoever you are reading this, I'm back.

For a bit.

But ... I'm going again. To study. I need to pass my first year of law school, or else the entire idea of this blog would be really embarrassing.

Anything exciting to catch everyone up? Let's see ... I did make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies tonight while I was studying. That was fun, and a highlight of the week, so you can see how my week has been.

Sigh.

I'll be a better blogger when this first year is over, I promise, and I'll write a lot about my experiences. Girl Guide's honour.

I've never had a year-long course before this year, and now I know that I was smart to avoid them. You feel like a rockstar in December when you only have midterms, but now ... remembering back to Sept/Oct is pretty hairy, especially since right now I can barely remember what I ate for dinner ... tonight.


Yikes.

There's just so much material to go though. Hopefully I can crank away at a reasonable rate. So far I'm almost done getting through one course, so ALMOST 1 down, 4 to go. I've made tiny starts on two others, and I've got almost this whole week to try and attempt the rest.

So ... please, everyone who reads this ... send me some exam-lucky kind of vibes, and hopefully I'll pull through this alive.