Five things I learned in my first three months as a part-time law student
So here is what I learned from surviving my first three months as a part-time law student:
- At least 20 hours per week should be devoted to studying otherwise you will fall behind on readings, lectures, and tutorials
- Mocks are extremely useful but only when you actually fully participate
- Legal writing is a skill that needs to be honed with practice
- Learning the proper names of case law is not an option, it’s a must
Also, it didn’t take long for me to realize I’ve bitten off more than I can chew by committing to work full-time and parent at the same time. One of them had to go and the choice was obvious.
I am so thankful to have the emotional and economic support of my husband which enabled me to quit my day job and focus on my dream. I know not everyone is so lucky. The way he sees it, having a mom who doesn’t give up on personal development will ultimately be good for our daughter as well. AND I get to spend more time with her as a stay-at-home mom which is definitely a plus for all of us!
I am attempting to catch up on school work over this holiday/reading week which will be painful and challenging as I am behind in almost all subjects: Contact, Tort and Constitution & Administrative Law. The more I fell behind, the more I felt unmotivated to plow through. Things got out of hand and I was miserable, wondering why I’ve done this to myself in the first place. Which brings me to my final lessons learned:
5. Grit is important and don’t forget to have fun while you’re at it