found/learn-ed things...

Friday, February 14, 2003  


As I was writing on a dry erase board yesterday, I realized that I had just accidentally erased a column of needed data. Before I realized what I was doing, I actually moved my hand as if holding a mouse in order to do the "Edit > Undo" business. Handy though it would be to have a real-life version of the 'undo' action (poor exam score? just undo it!), the incident speaks to my need to get away from my computer for a little while... TGIF (with a three-day weekend.)

posted by elle | Friday, February 14, 2003 |

Thursday, February 13, 2003  

Sparking discussion

H. and I have had a variety of conversations involving preparing our relationship for my attending law school. Anyone care to comment on their experiences in this area? What kind of impact has law school had on your relationships with friends, loved ones, etc.?


Comments below have discussed the ins and outs of law school exams, particularly the steps involved in winning points on issue spotters. As such, I wanted to post a link to the jurist page containing links to law school exam guides and exam collections.

posted by elle | Thursday, February 13, 2003 |

Wednesday, February 12, 2003  


There are some days when I'm fearful of law school, when I question whether I've made the right decision and I second-guess my ability to perform.

There are other days when I know - know - that the decision is absolutely correct. My current position bores me to tears, shackles me to a desk with little work to do, fulfills me intellectually for perhaps one-tenth of the time that I spend here. I'm not pre-law because I don't like my job; I'm pre-law because my job has helped me to realize that I want to pursue a J.D. And any insecurities I might feel about choosing this course are wiped away by these moments of obscene monotony, moments that remind me that there is an end to this job in the foreseeable future and the possibility of a engaging in substantive, interesting work.

posted by elle | Wednesday, February 12, 2003 |

Tuesday, February 11, 2003  

Toys for the mod...

Accessories for the mod law student ...

. For lighter loads, a classy shoulder bag.
. Lots of briefing to do? A more substantial pack.
. A comfy chair for studying
. Inspiration for the policy-minded
. And for note-taking, a designer pen
. And to hold the designer pen, a goodly pen holder

posted by elle | Tuesday, February 11, 2003 |


Comments and archives are working only sporadically today...

posted by elle | Tuesday, February 11, 2003 |

Univ. of Michigan affirmative action case

I've been avoiding discussion of the Michigan affirmative action cases topic because I'm not sure that I can articulate my thoughts as well I would like. However, one of the parties involved (would-have-been UM undergraduate Jennifer Gratz, Gratz v. Bollinger) had an interview recently with the San Diego Union Tribune. While I'm not yet ready to speak to the actual issues of diversity and race-based admissions, I would like to comment briefly on Gratz's motivations for filing her suit against the university.


Gratz only applied to one school.


Given the fact that (despite the fact that?) she only applied to one school, Gratz opted to completely changed her degree/major/life plan when she was waitlisted at Michigan and because she was "devastated" by their failure to admit her outright (link from jd2b). Says Gratz:

"I gave up my dreams because of the University of Michigan," said Gratz, who works as a computer software trainer for a Sorrento Valley company ... "I figured that if I'm not good enough to go to the University of Michigan, then how would I ever be good enough to be a doctor, good enough to go to medical school?" she said.

She only applied to one school. Sheesh. My bleeding liberal heart notwithstanding, the willingness of an individual to taking personal responsibility for his/her actions cannot be undervalued.

posted by elle | Tuesday, February 11, 2003 |

And the Oscar nomination goes to...

• Chicago
• Gangs of New York
• The Hours
• The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
• The Pianist

• Rob Marshall, Chicago
• Martin Scorsese, Gangs of New York
• Stephen Daldry, The Hours
• Roman Polanski, The Pianist
• Pedro Almodovar, Talk to Her

• Adrien Brody, The Pianist
• Nicholas Cage, Adaptation
• Michael Caine, The Quiet American
• Daniel Day Lewis, Gangs of New York
• Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt

• Salma Hayek, Frida
• Nicole Kidman, The Hours
• Diane Lane, Unfaithful
• Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven
• Renee Zellweger, Chicago

• Chris Cooper, Adaptation
• Ed Harris, The Hours
• Paul Newman, Road to Perdition
• John C. Reilly, Chicago
• Christopher Walken, Catch Me if You Can

• Kathy Bates, About Schmidt
• Julianne Moore, The Hours
• Queen Latifah, Chicago
• Meryl Streep, Adaptation
• Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago

posted by elle | Tuesday, February 11, 2003 |

Monday, February 10, 2003  

Thin envelope vs. thick envelope

I'm not the only pre-blawger hoping for the thick ones. Others waiting for and/or receiving law school admissions news:

Ambivalent Imbroglio: "On behalf of the Admissions Committee, I am delighted to inform you of your acceptance to August 2003 entering class at Boston College Law School ... I'm glad I should be proud, because I am, but probably more than anything else I feel relieved."

So Sue Me (whose name makes me hum Guys & Dolls tunes): "Spyed a big fat envelope with the logo of one of the schools I have applied to ... Finally opened it to find brochures on fellowships ... The whole thing was a tease. I like to tease, I do not like to be teased."

posted by elle | Monday, February 10, 2003 |

Happy Valentine's Day?

Still looking for that perfect token of (dis)affection? How about sending your loved/loathed one an irritating e-card, via NPR.

posted by elle | Monday, February 10, 2003 |

I'm back...

And one uncomfortable case of strep later, I can re-enter the world again.


I signed H. and I up for an upcoming open house day at MWU. There were actually two visitation days scheduled -- one for interested parties and one for admitted students -- but I'm already booked on the day of the latter event. So, we'll join the masses for exciting seminars on "What to Expect Your First Year!" and "What Do I Need to Know About the FAFSA?". I need to re-spark my excitement about attending law school, so I'm hoping this will do the trick...

Other flotsam:
. All the schools to which I have applied have requested and received by LSDAS reports. Therefore, I should be hearing from the three remaining schools in the coming weeks.
. I completed my FAFSA application this morning. Thus begins my annual fearfest that the feds will approve insufficiently-sized loans. [Timely info from The Princeton Review, link from jd2b.]
. I need a snack.
. I keep receiving e-mails of the "Here's another reason you should consider our AMAZING law school..." variety from a school to which I applied months ago, but have not yet received an admissions decision. Hard to take those e-mails seriously at this point. Horse before cart, kids.

posted by elle | Monday, February 10, 2003 |
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