April 8, 2013 at 11:45
Our ambassador year is coming to a close, and this is my final blog entry for the semester. But that doesn’t mean that we are all gearing up for a summer off around here. Being in law school does not include a summer vacation. Even for the 3Ls, they have a summer’s worth of studying for the bar exam coming up. For me and other 2Ls, we have a chance to work for a law firm, or take classes, or complete an internship. These things often take more hours out of a day than regular school year class hours. So, although classes will be ending soon, the workload continues.
For me, the next few weeks and months will be filled with studying for exams, taking exams, writing a paper for my externship, planning my son’s birthday party at Incredible Pizza with ten of his closest friends, working at a law firm, taking summer classes, arranging summer childcare plans, completing an independent study project paper, delivering kids and sliced oranges to soccer practice, and beginning my term as the incoming Editor in Chief of the Tulsa Law Review.
I like to be busy. Many of these things I have taken on because I want to, but law school will keep you busy anyway. The message I would like to convey to you, however, is that you can do it. Especially if you are reading this and you have a spouse and kids and you are wondering if it can be done—it can. It is helpful if your family is supportive of you and your goals, and I would highly recommend that you talk about it with them before you commit to law school. But once you’re here, and everyone is on board, you’ll find yourself accomplishing the goals you set out to accomplish—and actually enjoying yourself!
Law school is a great experience that will change you for the better. It will affect those around you as well, but in a positive way. I know that I am setting a good example for my kids—that of a dedicated, hardworking mom who is pursuing a worthy goal. They and my husband are proud of me, just for attempting this law school journey. It has given us a new appreciation of each other. We treasure the times that we do spend together as a family. Family night has become something we all really look forward to. The journey has made us a closer-knit family.
Law school is a big decision, especially when it affects more than just you. But for me, it is a decision that I do not regret making. I still have time for the most important people in my life, and I am also proud of my accomplishments in school. It is a wonderful and do-able combination.