My school does bidding for classes. I am not entirely sure how it works but you bid for classes up to 17 credits and rank each one on a scale of 1 through 7 (depends on how many classes your bid on). Then a week later the school releases your “schedule” based on how you ranked courses and others ranked theirs.
Anyways… as I discovered, you are not guaranteed a full course load. I bid on 16 credits and somehow only have 7 credits scheduled. Now, I am on the waitlist for the remaining credits; however, I am 46 out of 48 for one class.
Yes, I do like that there is no apparent preference given to 3Ls versus 2Ls or part-timers versus full-timers. Nonetheless, as a law student seeing that I am not carrying enough credits currently to be considered “full time”, I am freaking out. Logically, I am aware that I will be taken off the the waitlist for at least one of my classes– but what law student is logical when it comes to law school matters?
NONE OF US!
Facebook is currently blowing up with statuses about people not getting into any courses they bid on or only getting into a few… it is a lot of stress as we prepare for finals. I do not want to worry about what classes I am taking next semester, because I am currently freaking out about final exam preparation!
In these moments, I try to remind myself that this will all be over in 1.5 years.
hahahahhaha! JUST KIDDING!
This is just the beginning of the stress and for whatever reason I enjoy the stress (sometimes). You have to be able to handle it, because being a lawyer is a stressful career! Maybe there are certain areas of practice that are not as stressful or can be regulated so you do not experience the average level of stress, but most of us will be extremely stressed during our first few years of practice. You gotta prove yourself!
I am going into my second year second semester and I haven’t even applied for a clinic or internship even though I completed my character and fitness application by November of last year! I haven’t applied because the process for “applying” is usually a week or two long and falls in the middle of my “busy” times. Also, I cannot participate in the write-on for law review competition, yet again, because I will be traveling during the week of the competition… I mean it is a over New Years! I thought it would be right after finals like it was last year. Oh well!
Maybe I’ll be able to get a job once I stop making excuses and just apply for some of this stuff… or stay in my hotel room during New Years to complete the write-on competition packet, really who needs to see Vegas, right? Ha, there’s no way I’m missing that!
If you learn one thing during law school, let it be this: You can complain all you want but there were many before you and will be many after that do the same thing, so save your breath.