Get Used to It

If you are anything like me, you spent your 1L winter break obsessively hitting refresh button to see if your first semester law school grades had somehow miraculously posted in the ten minutes you had been distracted by the TV.  You start wondering what the right amount of time to give the professors to grade the 75+ exams from your class.  My initial guess was 2 weeks and 1 day.  The trail of logic that got me to that perfect figure involved complex math and variables such as reading speed, grading methods, and personal time.  A month later (after I had checked my math at least 20 times) my first grade posted:  B+.       

For me, waiting for grades was the worst part of law school.  Over time I learned that my grade-time equation needed a law school multiplier of 4.  By my 3L year, I was able to give the professors 4 whole weeks before I began the obsessive grade checking that dominated my first law school break.  I eventually managed to only check twice a day.   

Looking back I wish I had known that I would still be waiting for grades when the next semester started.  I also wish I had known that my first grade would be my lowest—maybe I wouldn’t have wasted so much time worrying.  As a lawyer with a little experience under my belt, I can’t help but thinking that law professors purposefully make law students wait for their grades.  Maybe they are just trying to help those of us who have grown up in an instant gratification world get ready for the realities of practicing law.  It took more than 3 months for me to get my bar results, and I am still waiting for an appellate opinion on a case that was submitted 11 months ago.

I wish I could tell you that things change… Now, please excuse me—I need to check the 14th Court of Appeals’ website to see if my case has posted.

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