Archive for August, 2009

I was supposed to post this sooner, but as you can see from my last post (below), I’ve been avoiding Sua Sponte for a little bit.

Be sure to check out the latest issue of Nota Bene, available online right over here.  This issue has helpful advice for 1Ls just starting law school, for 2Ls in the middle of FRP interviews, and 3Ls who are looking for any reason to still come to school.


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Oh dear.  I guess I can’t put it off any longer.  I have to write my first post of the school year.  Yippee-skippee.  Yay.  Boo.

As the school year starts again, I can’t help but feel ambivalent about the coming year.  No, its not the typical “ugh-school-is-starting-again” syndrome.  And I don’t think  I’m suffering the blues because this year is my last first day of school.  It’s probably  because subconsciously, I’ve resigned myself to have as miserable a year as I did last year.  For a multitude of reasons, last year beat me up pretty bad.  There was a lot of artificially created stress over job searching, journal work, course selection, and all the other tribulations that comes with the law school territory.  Those stresses took a toll on me in more ways than I care to relive.

Ok Fish, so what?  We all suffered through 1L and 2L years, just like you did.  Quit your sobbing.

You’re right.  I don’t mean to complain.  Believe me, I understand that this law school stuff is tough.  I did promise myself that this year would be different, though.  I told myself that I wouldn’t be at school seven days a week anymore.  I told myself that I would take more personal time to relieve the stress of being at school or doing school work all the time.  I told myself that I will  control 3L year – 3L year will not control me.  (Hey, cut me some slack here – everyone has their way of doing things, and silently talking to myself helps me deal).

So why am I so glum?  I’m afraid that no matter what, someway somehow, 3L year will get the best of me.  I hope that I’m wrong, but I have this piercing premonition that I’m not.  That’s why I’m not excited about starting school today.  That’s why I’ve avoided writing a post until I couldn’t escape it anymore.

Well there you have it:  “Hamilton Fish’s Unofficial Official Cry Me a River Story About Law School.”  Coming soon to a theater or stage near you.  I hope the rest of you feel better about starting today than I do.  Good luck to you all and let the games begin!

And just because it’s the first day, here’s a little treat:

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Portal Revamped

Log into the portal. Looks nice. Matches the motif of the general website now.

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