Tuesday, January 27, 2009


It's been crazy in my world.

Routines have gone out the window and chaos has moved into the house here ... but I'm fighting my way to being back on track.

Must pick out paper topics and refine out a thesis for each, and do some work on outlines.

Must do civ pro assignment at some point, before deadline next week.

Should probably do some readings for some classes.

Have a few things to do on a personal level, as well, which will also take some time.

Need a few more hours in every day, and quite possibly a few more days in every week.

AND ... need more sleep.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I've Decided

I'm going to go ahead and try to write two major papers this semester. One in Family Law II, and one in Intellectual Property II. I already have a start on the ideas for Family Law II, I'll just need to complete some research to refine my thesis. For Intellectual Property II, I want to be a little more cautious in picking my topic; I wrote a paper for Intellectual Property I, so I want to make sure that this paper is quite different from that paper, also, I want to make sure that I relate the topic back to my background in technology. So ... we'll see what I end up with for a topic.

Classes seem to be going relatively well so far ... nothing surprising or shocking. My schedule has my toughest day as Mondays, so my long day is over first thing in each week, which is really great. This weekend, my plan is to get organized for the long haul. I'll have three days to really get on track, and then hopefully I can stay there all semester.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Well ...

... the marks are in and it looks like I passed all my courses ... so onto my last semester of law school unhindered. I'm finally thinking that I actually have a chance at getting through (haha)!

As for my trip to the bookstore last week - unnecessary. 4/5 of my courses are providing material online. Awesome. The last class (Admin) does require a textbook, but I already purchased it before Christmas (the vendor came to the student lounge to sell it). So ... I'm set. What a treat for my very last semester, no bookstore chaos.

I still can't believe that this is the last start to classes in law school that I'll get to experience. It's such a bittersweet feeling. I'm so ready to move onto the next phase ... it will be nice to be earning a paycheque again, and I am so excited to see how the practice of law differs from the study of it. On the other hand, I go to school with a pretty great group of people, and it will be hard to be so scattered from them. I'm thinking we'll have to schedule get-togethers once in awhile ... we'll see. Also, I've really loved the law school experience. The faculty at U of S are so amazing and so supportive, and for the first time I've felt myself in an academic environment where I can really explore things that I find interesting and riveting; it's a feeling that I'll really miss ... especially since it allows me to be truly (academically speaking) self-indulgent.


Now, to decide if I'm going to try and write a couple more major papers. Two of my classes seem to be offering the option. That means I'd only have 3 exams to write again, which is a very compelling idea to consider ... especially since that means I'd be done April 9th instead of April 17th. Looking at my marks from last term, I seem to perform better in paper classes ... which ... all things considered shows how far I've come. Last year, academic paper writing was most definitely NOT an area of strength for me (what with the technical background and all). I made it a goal and priority to do better in that area, and it would seem that I'm finally getting it. BUT ... I've never done TWO major papers in one semester ... can I do it? Can I be organized enough? I must deliberate, hopefully wisely.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Back in the Saddle ...

... ah 2009. The beginning of my last semester of law school. The Christmas break went by entirely too fast (as per usual), and we're back in Saskatoon after a wonderful time in Calgary visiting with friends and family.

Our semester started yesterday, and I have the following classes lined up this time around: Administrative Law, Municipal Law, Intellectual Property II, Family Law II, and Civil Procedure.

I don't quite feel organized yet, for a variety of reasons, but I'm getting there.

Now ... to plan my trip to the bookstore ... the most dreaded event of each semester's beginning.