November 27, 2013

What the...?

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who is out there!


What I thought I was getting into: A Mickey Mouse certification program like the kind offered by those fly-by-night, here one day, gone the next, usually-being-hunted-down-by-the-Feds-for-fraud technical schools. More importantly, a program that I would breeze through because of my writing and research skills.

What I actually got into: Grad school. Okay, not technically-technically, but you have to have a baccalaureate to get into the program and there’s no breezing. None. People are dropping like flies. Lost two more on Tuesday. And those writing and research skills? They aren’t doing bupkus, or so the “C” I got on my mid-terms tells me.

It doesn’t help that in homework exercises you can make literally NO mistakes, the reasoning being that if you were working in a real law firm, that mistake could cost your attorney the case and get your typo-making ass canned. To wit, this week on a legal memorandum, I wrote Affirmative Response (singular) instead of Affirmative Responses (plural). Only mistake. Dropped an entire grade level. [Insert here whistling sound of bomb dropping out of the sky and exploding.]

Final exams come up in a couple of weeks. Shoot me now.

Posted by Ryan at November 27, 2013 11:36 PM

I believe the correct response from the sidelines here is, "You go, girl!"

Posted by: Mary deB on November 28, 2013 06:26 AM

I thought this was too good to be true so I checked in on it and then talked to an ex-paralegal....she had nothing good to say about the profession. That being have already overcome enourmas hurdles and I think you are able to do this! Keep at it, bury you nose in the will succeed!!!
Happy Turkey day and take care of yourself!!


Posted by: Sandy on November 28, 2013 08:35 AM

So glad to hear from you! Perfection is overrated, although perhaps we do expect it from some professionals -- dentists, doctors, attorneys, accountants. Hang in there, you will be fine.

Posted by: kmkat on November 28, 2013 09:13 AM

Oh snap!! I will think of you as I complain about my own grad school work which is no where near as tough as yours.

Posted by: CambriaW on November 28, 2013 10:26 AM

It may be tough, but you are up to it. As a life-long pedant I'm glad to read that someone still takes these things seriously. When does the course finish?

Posted by: M-H on November 28, 2013 04:38 PM

Ouch! Ouch! OK, go kick ass! I know you can do it! (Says the prof who just read a paper in which the student rattled on about a "human futility" statue instead of a "human fertility" statue.)

Posted by: Kristen on November 29, 2013 10:07 AM

Luckily for you (and for the profession) YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!


Now go kick some ass.

PS: My son had a ... bad time ... in court one day because our family attorney had failed to adequately prepare for the case. So I'm all about perfection when it might impact my baby boy!

Posted by: MaryB in Richmond on November 29, 2013 05:32 PM

You can do it, Ryan! Although it hurts getting Cs if you are used to acing exams, doesn't it?

I am an attorney and I can appreciate the need for perfection. Hard, I know, but necessary. When I was just starting out I had a case thrown out without prejudice (that means I could file again.) I made the newbie mistake of using the same pleadings and just telling my assistant to fix something very simple like your mistake. (I can't remember what it was but it was a matter of changing one word, I think it was defendant to defendants.) And then to make it worse I did not proofread carefully. The judge went to town on my ass in open court. Thirty years later my face still gets red just remembering.

Posted by: JudithNYC on December 4, 2013 02:56 PM

Glad you are still around. I once took an online medical transcription course and dropped out near the end. I just couldn't understand what the doctors were saying and not being accurate with that could mean life or death. I was way too intimidated. I hope you are able to stick it out.

Posted by: Trish on December 4, 2013 03:20 PM

yeah, you can do it.

Posted by: pacalaga on December 4, 2013 04:06 PM
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