People’s misconceptions about law school and again, life lately

Hello! It’s nice to be able to blog again! Sorry, it’s been ages since I last posted an update that’s not an ad (alright, it’s just one ad). Law school, life, and work have kept me so busy that I scarcely have time for myself. It’s not entirely true, yes, but I’m not going to lie–I’m still very much in the process of readjusting my whole system and this time, I think it’s not an easy progress since it’s been years since I’ve last been in school.

I love every minute of it, stressful moments included. Since I am a working student, I am still grappling with my study schedule during weekdays. Hopefully that will be sorted out soon! The same goes to blogging–even weekends are not enough for studying. To be honest, I am actually on my break as I am typing this blog update!

I really don’t know how to start telling you how my first three weeks have been–boring it certainly wasn’t! But I’ll try.

Sometimes, on my way to school, people–taxi drivers, in particular, ask me what I do. Both my answers receive mixed responses. If this is the first time you will be reading my blog, I am a public servant and a law student. My job alone already provokes vitriol. No, not an exaggeration! I once got into a cab to the train station (I take a train to school–it’s in another city) and the driver really had pretty disparaging things to say about government employees. I am certain that if I am sitting next to him, he could have spat on my face.

No point telling him what else I do after I put my logbook back into the designated file box and the remaining unrouted documents in the outgoing tray.

Other drivers however, are less tactless but no less opinionated. “What’s the point of you young ‘uns going to law school? They’ll only teach you how to lie. You don’t look like the lying sort, miss,” one driver said to me.

Erm, okay thanks, Kuya Driver.

It hasn’t been all thorns and sharp nails though. Kind drivers tell me that it’s rare to find government employees whoย actually do their job, and tell me I should keep doing what I do. I surprise them and tell them that the people in the office I work in take pride in their work and do their utmost to excel. When they learn what I do after work, they tell me that it’s even harder to work and study at the same time. It’s suicide, they say.

Maybe it is, but my professors had a point when they said that when one studies law, he or she will have to sacrifice something. And I am–a lot of things. My social life, for one thing–if I do go out, it’s to study. And my weekends are confined to gluing my eyes to the readings. A slight hyperbole though–but the concept behind it is no less true haha. For comic relief, I think of Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess Violet inย Downton Abbey and one of her famous one-liners:

I’m not complaining, though!

A week or so ago, I’ve taken my first quiz. And preparing for the second one. Didn’t do so well in the first one, but there’s always room for improvement, and I’m grateful for that. Another thing I’m thankful for is that I’m still in the safe zone! All the same, I can’t afford to be complacent!

I’ll have to wrap this up. Preparing for midterms and studying for a quiz so I have to go! I will post something that I hope that can help those who are starting school in August, and hopefully posting school related stuff.

Bye, and see you all soon!

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  • abbeylouisarose

    Wow Layla, I am seriously impressed at how you manage to fit in blogging, work, and studying law! I take my hat off to you! I’m so sorry that you receive disaparaging comments, they must be hard to listen to when you work so hard! Best of luck with your second quiz, with your determination, I’m sure you’ll ace it! Thanks for sharing your update!

    Abbey ๐Ÿ‰

    • I have to admit–it is pretty difficult! Haha. I really have mixed feelings about the second quiz, but then again, Family Law is a pretty complicated law–pretty much like brushing out snarls from one’s hair.

      One thing I can say that with my training in law school, it has given me a thick skin! In the Philippines, we use the Socratic method in studying the law–which means the professor asks the questions and the lectures are RARE. I have once been a recipient of invectives from a professor, and that’s nothing new. My classmates also had their share too! The rationale for hurling invectives to students–is to toughen us up, the professors say–because in litigation, the presiding judge can be crabby. So, outside school, I can cope with uncouth cab drivers–and besides, reacting to their barbs is just not worth my time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thank you for dropping by! x

  • Wow, I’m so impressed at your juggling abilities! I’m sorry that you hear comments like that – it sounds like you use them to push yourself though! i hope all your quizzes went well!
    Hels xx

    • Hi, Hels! x

      To be honest, it is tough, and there are times where I just find it hard to go on! But I want to be a lawyer so bad—so in addition to the less than savory remarks, it spurs me on. Thank you for dropping by! ๐Ÿ™‚