Monday, February 27, 2006


I don't know why I was afraid to mention the most poignant thing about the San Antonio trip. I guess I forgot that this is my own blog and not the official one for Texas Wesleyan. In any event, the thing that struck me most in San Antonio was the diversity. I don't want to discourage anyone from coming to Texas Wesleyan's law school, but it is not the most diverse school in Texas. I haven't been here long enough to figure out why, but there are only two black full time students in my entering class. We are both female. The official word would probably be something like, "There are just not enough qualified 'minority' candidates." But I never buy that argument.

This is the very reason this blog is so important to me. It's not that I don't like white people. (Some of my best friends, etc. . .) It's just that the world is made up of a whole heck of a lot of different folk than white folk. You wouldn't really know that from sitting in any of my classes.

You know all those jokes about there being too many lawyers? Well, there are not enough black, brown or Asian (etc.) lawyers. Don't believe the hype. Take the LSAT, apply to all the schools you want to go to. You will get in somewhere, maybe even at Texas Wesleyan if this is your school of choice.

And for my white sisters and brothers, don't believe the Hopwood hype about "minority" students taking your spot. If a person really wants to go to law school, he or she will get in somewhere eventually.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

San Antonio et al

The symposium at St. Mary's was great. One of the sessions was a mock law school class. I'm in law school and I was impressed. Professor Valencia and his "planted" students were great.

There were so many students interested in going to law school, and they all seemed to have at least 10 questions each. I had a wonderful time and I hope I was helpful.

I'm working on my outlines and filling in the gaps in understanding in my classes. I just solidified the concept of privity in property. I don't even think it's required anymore, but I still wanted to understand it.

In criminal law we're studying property crimes right now. Apparently it's highly tested on the bar. Contracts is still as straightforward and enjoyable as always. Civil procedure is going smoothly and the pieces are fitting together to form a big picture. Writing and research? Well, I'm glad the memo is over. We have a few interim assignments before the next big project. Life will be somewhat normal until we get that assignment. Then the pressure will be on again. It's amazing how the writing assignments just throw people for a loop.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Post Memo Euphoria

We turned in our Memo assignments today. I spent a lot of time reading cases, rereading cases, writing and rewriting. I hope my hard work pays off. However, if I don't get the grade I think I deserve at the least, I know I learned a thing or two about ambiguity in statutes and case law.

I'm going to San Antonio on Saturday to be on a student panel. St. Mary's Law School is having an event for students interested in law school and they selected students from across the state to be on the panel. This should be fun.

I need to come up with something to say. I think my message will be about the importance of counting the costs before taking on something like law school. If a person is not sure this is something they really want to do, the work involved would be discouraging and seemingly worthless.

I think it's important for people to be confident in themselves, too. Law school can blow your self confidence and make you feel like crap. But it's actually a good thing to be in a position where you feel like you don't know things so you can be open to learning new things. So you have to find a balance between self confidence and being open to a whole new way of thinking and learning.

I love the emails and questions I get. Keep it coming, and remember, you can always live your dreams.