First Day Out of Formal Job Training

I can now consistently find my desk in a sea of identical cubicles located in one of several buildings connected by breezeways.

I am at that stage where I can work independently (and enjoy it), but am doing more work than necessary as I have to withdraw, correct, and refile documents with errors. It makes for a very fast learning curve!

As I walked out this evening with one of the more senior staff who was carrying an armload of work home with her, I realized there are benefits to being hired on as an hourly worker rather than a salaried employee–especially while doing bar prep. She is taking the bar in February, too.

I am very glad I knew how to organize e-mails and electronic files well before I started this job. Today, I had a couple dozen files open at any one time and worked with another several dozen files throughout the day. The number of files and e-mails should increase exponentially over the next few months.

I continue to like my job and co-workers! (That is not surprising, just wonderful.)

Bar Study:
Sun: 0
M: 35 minutes
Tu: 0

 

 

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Mothers in the Legal Profession Roundup No. 364

 

Week of September 8 – 14, 2014

 

Magic Cookie posted the Roundup for the week.

The weekly Mothers In the Legal Profession Roundup is hosted on a rotating basis at the ButterflyfishGraceBJJ, Law, and Living, Mommy and the Sin CityMagic CookieThe Reluctant Grownup, and Perspectives From a Hard Boiled Egg blogs.


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New Job Brings New Bar Prep Pals

Out of 21 of us who started work on Monday, at least 4 of us are taking the bar exam in February.

Most of our co-workers recently took the bar exam.

My assigned go-to person-of-experience took the bar exam while working full time at this job.

I am finding an overwhelming amount of camaraderie and support.

It’s a nice and unexpected surprise.

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First Day of First Post-Law School Job

Today was my first day of my first post-JD job.

To give you a snapshot of the job market, the job description does not require a JD. I and the other 20 new hires in this group are being brought on in a contract capacity to complete an eight-month assignment. I think all but two of us are law school graduates. One of the others is a paralegal and the other has her masters in international human rights.

Overall, I think the first day went well. I like the people and I think the work will be good. The commute in to work was nasty, but that was expected. The commute home was a little better. All the way home, I was doing a self-assessment: “Now, the plan for the foreseeable future is to get home and start bar study. How mentally alert and prepared for that do I feel right now?”

However, in the end, my takeaway from today is that I wore the wrong shoes. They are my go-to shoes for court (during clinic last year) and for interviews–both relatively short time periods on my feet. They have always done pretty well in those capacities. Plus, today was the first day of training. I anticipated sitting in a room and learning the specific details of this employer (HR) and of this job function. There was some of that, but there were also tours of the building and areas important to us, traipsing up and down two flights of stairs three times, and standing outside of badging.

I am now hobbled. I have at least four blisters and several other areas of red protest on my feet.

Two questions: Do I wear duck-taped pillows on my feet tomorrow, or hope for the best in a pair of less-cute-but-still-heels tomorrow?

and

Are there actually heels that are stylish and comfortable for walking a normal amount of walking (today’s activity level should not have done this number on my feet!). I like heels. I also like my feet.

 

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Mothers in the Legal Profession Roundup No. 363

 

Week of September 1 – 7, 2014

Mommy and the Sin City posted the Roundup for the week.

 

The weekly Mothers In the Legal Profession Roundup is hosted on a rotating basis at the ButterflyfishGraceBJJ, Law, and Living, Mommy and the Sin CityMagic CookieThe Reluctant Grownup, and Perspectives From a Hard Boiled Egg blogs.

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Merry-Go-Round of Boxes

We thought we were moving. So, we had been stockpiling cardboard boxes.

First, we broke down the boxes we brought home and hid them under the couch, behind the couch, behind the TV stand, in the storage closet out on the porch . . .

As time got closer to the expected date of moving, we stopped breaking down boxes and just started building towers of empty boxes. Some boxes we had started to fill (and now they must be unfilled).

boxes

But then, I signed the new one-year lease here, we needed the space occupied by the unartistically built and placed box towers, and we noticed our wonderful upstairs neighbors walking by with newly purchased boxes (they are actually moving to a new place).

We seized the moment and offered them our empty boxes. They enthusiastically accepted and offered to return them after use plus the boxes they had of their own (they are moving into a house locally).

This is a wonderful arrangement because I really think I am moving at the end of this new lease term.

It all worked out perfectly.

 

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A Diploma and a Bar Application

This came in the mail today. It makes me happy.

diploma

But, I only took a moment to look at it while Rosebud read the verbiage to me. I was in the midst of tearing through yet another box that we had packed up for an (incorrectly) anticipated move, looking for my birth certificate.

I found it.

I then started this state’s final bar application obstacle course. I took the 57 pages of bar application I had just printed out and headed to the Xerox place to have it copied double sided (lest it be rejected), took the double-sided copy to the credit union to have three different pages notarized that I indeed was the signer attesting to its truthfulness and completeness. Then, I took the notarized packet back to the printer and had a double-sided copy made of it as well as copies of the 49 additional pages of supporting documentation (not including the copy of my application to my original law school from which I transferred–the registrar there is kindly sending that to the bar examiners for me, but did include a copy of my birth certificate, my official driving records from four states, and transcript requests from any place I have ever taken any classes).

To the two required sets of copies, I added two fingerprint cards, my photo taken within the last six months, and a check for $700 and then mailed the entire packet, with tracking, of course.

It took me all week and some help from my friends to finish compiling the 27 employment positions or unemployment periods and the 19 entries for every place I have ever lived–both since I was 18. I started August 8.

Lest I give any 1Ls or 2Ls a panic attack–not all bar applications are like this. The one I completed for West Coast State only wanted information for the last 10 years of my life and fewer supporting documents (no fingerprint cards, for one thing).

I was supposed to start my new job September 2. They pushed it back to September 8 (Monday), which is why I had the time to push so hard to get the application submitted now. I did not want to ask off time to Xerox, notarize, Xerox again, and mail the application.

And now . . . it is done. Also completed and put in the mail, today.

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