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Juris Doctor!

Picture of me after my law school graduation and hooding. May 13, 2011.

Glenn Reynolds: “I’m a renaissance dweeb”

Bill Whittle recently interviewed Professor Reynolds about the blogging—how he got started, how blogging created an Army of Davids, and how he manages all the e-mails and links he receives throughout the day. It’s fairly short, entertaining, and pretty helpful. I’m definitely going to miss having seminars and classes with Professor Reynolds after I graduate.

Is it worth it?

I’m in the middle of filling out a Character and Fitness Application for the GA Bar, and I’m gobsmacked at how much of a money racket this is. Now, I’ve always felt like law school was a money racket, but most of those costs are extraneous and avoidable. Paying for the Bar, however, is mandatory, and having to drop so much money at once is discouraging and irritating.

In the past week, I have paid:
– $200 deposit for Bar Review classes (which will cost $2500 total!)
– $50 for copies of my birth certificate

More upcoming fees include:
– $50 for fingerprints for one of the state bars
– $500 to submit my Character and Fitness Application
– $80 “notice of intent” that I’m going to apply for the TN Bar, and all the other trappings of that application, including a $100 laptop fee so that I don’t have to hand-write all those essays.

I’m definitely keeping track of all of these costs, but I’m going to go on and estimate that the GA Bar, including the review classes, ends up costing me at least $4000.

So the big question is: Is it worth it? I’ve got close to $100,000 in debt and NO job prospects. I want to move to Atlanta, which has a bigger job market, but I can’t afford to relocate. At this point, it definitely doesn’t seem worth it. I’m terrified about the idea of graduating and having nothing to do and nowhere to go but home to my parents’ house.

I feel like all of these fees are HUGE barriers to entry into the profession. I realistically can’t afford $4000 per bar exam, but I have to be willing to fork it all out because otherwise I’m $100,000 in debt for a degree I’m not even using. And I want to use my law degree. I want to do IP law, and affect public policy, and, yes, make some money so I can pay off my debt and fund my hobbies. I just don’t want to go bankrupt before I even get my license, and the more I pay for fingerprints, background checks, and application fees, the more I worry about that.

Law School was pretty much the same in 1900

Student goes insane during Con Law final, Dies from “Overstudy” (Josh Blackman’s Blog)

This is hilarious. Con Law is my last exam this semester—and instead of studying, I think I’m just going to practice yelling “Constitutional Law!” and passing out at will.

Exam Time Looms Large

…and I think this link will be very helpful.

First, Care (Merlin Mann)

From the Post:

Anonymous asked: ‘How do you maintain focus (on work, dreams, goals, life)?’

You do one thing at a time.

Although, I must add one important “Step Zero,” borne of my own tedious experience.

Before you sweat the logistics of focus: first, care. Care intensely.

Good luck to everyone who still has exams! Mine start Tuesday.

National Champs!

Congratulations to UT’s Patent Law Moot Court Team. They won Nationals last weekend. Way to go, guys!

All screwed up.

A con weekend plus being sick apparently equals me falling behind on my schoolwork and becoming completely apathetic.

It’s the third week of school, you guys! This is BAD. This weekend I had better get on the ball and do some serious HW and get some serious rest. My cold (or whatever plague my friend Daniel gave me) is still hanging on for dear life, and it needs to die. I’m planning on starting P90X this week (Sunday, hopefully, if i can get weights today) and I don’t want to be sick while I do it.

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