- I have survived writing my moot court brief (in a couple of weeks we do oral arguments, then we find out who goes on to the next round, where we do the oral argument bit all over again. I have no expectation of getting very far in the competition, but I wanted some more oral argument experience). Finishing the brief entailed heading to Kinko's at 3:30 am with my partner, where we encountered a very disgruntled employee whose boss had ditched him, who'd been there for 12 hours, and who, when finding out we were law students, told us at least three times that he had a degree in wildlife biology and look what he was stuck doing. He gave us a big discount, though, so he's welcome to grumble all he likes. And I really hope that's the last time I end up driving home from campus at 4 am.
- Still waiting to hear from one callback. I suspect they're waiting to hear from whomever they made an offer to before they cut me loose. On the up side, they haven't rejected me yet. On the down side, I suspect it's just a matter of time.
- I have a phone interview for a nifty job for next summer, in a Big Important City nowhere near where I live now. It would be logistically kind of a pain, but otherwise a really spectacular opportunity. Anyway, the employer sent out the e-mail about upcoming interviews and cc:ed all the candidates, rather than bcc:ing. So now I know that I am competing against students from Georgetown, Stanford, Columbia, Northwestern, Yale, Duke, Berkeley, Virginia, Harvard, and NYU (and a few others). In fact, if you put the schools represented in order of the US News & World Report rankings, mine would be about third from the bottom. (And it's not that my school is bad - it's just all the others are REALLY good.) I mean, I guess if I made it to this stage in the interview, they've decided my qualifications stand up to everyone else's, but still, it's a wee bit intimidating!
(Thank you to those of you who already reassured me about this on Twitter, though - I especially liked the tweet that said: "Their response to that: I have an interview for a summer job vs someone with a PhD." Ha! True, although the Ph.D. doesn't feel like a very big deal to me by now!)
- I like almost all of my classes this semester quite a lot (the exception is, of course, the one that's required). I just wish I had more time to spend on them. In fact, I wish I had more time to spend on EVERYTHING. Including writing interesting blog posts. In lieu of the latter, you get this one!
- Oh, I know what I was going to say: law school gurus out there, what are your best tips for rocking the oral argument?