I took my first final of the season today. Since we are graduating, our finals are given earlier than normal. 3L finals will be starting next week but my International Environmental Law professors gave ours extra early which is great so that I can prepare for my nemesis… Security Devices. Send good vibes. I’m struggling to memorize everything for that class.
In other exciting news, I did a thing and didn’t say very much about it in case it didn’t work out but guess what! It worked out. In law, you get your doctorate degree before you get your masters. So, your master’s degree in law is the end all and be all. The programs are specialized to various areas of law. Well, I applied to an Animal Law LL.M program and I GOT IN! I was also given a scholarship for leadership in animal law. How wonderful is that?!? (In law LL.M means Latin Legum Magister. This translates to be Master of Laws).
This now means that I am officially moving across the country in a few months. While it is exciting, I am terrified for this new journey. I know that I must fly again just as I did when I left the security of my job to go to law school. This time though, I have to fly from a higher cliff and all I keep doing is looking down. Law school became my comfort, my happy place. I love the law and I loved law school so it’s that much scarier to leave. The unknown is big and dark but I’m going to jump and with a hope and a prayer the winds of the Lord will carry me.
I have no idea where I am going to be living or anything at this point. All I know is that I am going. I have already accepted my seat in the class so come August, I will be the country's newest Animal Law LL.M student. This is crazy for me to think about because I never considered myself a smart person. In fact, in middle school the teachers all but told me I was stupid. In high school, a teacher once told me that I “would never make anything of myself”. I would sit in class and stare at the wall. I hated it so much. I was bored and wanted to go home. I missed my mom. My experience in higher education was completely different. Undergrad was not too bad. I enjoyed it. But law school… oh law school. It was hard. I cried A LOT. I thought I would never make it and some professors told me that I never would make it but I MADE IT. My feelings about it are all over the place. It’s just so bittersweet.
These next few weeks will be insane. On top of preparing for finals, I volunteered to assist one of the professors at school, who has taken an interest in animal law, with her 1L classes oral arguments. Their arguments will be on an animal law case. It is during finals prep for me which sucks but I couldn’t turn down the opportunity. The arguments will be at the district court house near my school which is exciting to see. Plus, I love that these students are being infused with the spirit of animal law. Anyway, I just wanted to update on finals and the good news. I won’t be posting again for at least two weeks while I cram for my last set of exams ever in law school. I will be sure to post before graduation. Til next time…