I Never Cried Before Law School

I'm 26 years old and for the first time in my life I just really want to run away from home:

Period of 14-OCT-06 to 22-OCT-06
Time Sheet for Calculating Bitch
Working on upperlevel paper...............61.25 hrs
Researching for appellate brief...........8.50 hrs
Doing stuff for student government........4.25 hrs
Authority Checks for law review...........5.50 hrs
Catching up on reading missed in the last 6 weeks.... 5.75 hrs
Starting outlines/study tools for classes............ 7.75 hrs
Working Job #1............................9.25 hrs
Working Job #2........................... 8.50 hrs
Cleaning my house for the 1st time this semester..... 6.25 hrs
Going to class............................0.00 hrs
Drinking.................................15.50 hrs
Prepping for class my 3 classes on Monday...... ...... 4.25 hrs

Total Hours Worked......................136.75 hours
Total Billable..........................17.75 hours

What this really means:
  • Only 218 hours has passed since my last class ended, and an average of 8 hours of sleep a night would put me at 138 available working hours.
  • No wonder my husband complains that I'm never around.
  • At least having a week off from class has allowed me to get 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • In all fairness, most of the drinking was done while writing and researching, so I'm guilty of double-billing on that account.
  • My billables versus hours worked amount to a productivity rate of about 13%.
  • I should have drank A LOT more than I did this last week.
  • Instead of returning to school after a week off feeling refreshed I feel even more burnt out.
  • 2L year they really do work you to death.
  • Running away from home at this point wouldn't even help...
  • How many more weeks until this semester year is over?

7 comments:

Lawmommy said...

How much time was actually spent "calculating" that?

John Roberts said...

I will let you know when Target has a sale on razor blades. We can go together.

Calculating Bitch said...

Lawmommy - Not much time calculating it, actually, because in an effort to determine whether I was being productive over break, I was actually tracking my time spent each day. It's sad, I know.

Roberts - I've never had a brand new razor blade before. I usually just dig them out of the dumpster behind the apartment building 5 blocks from my house. I find lots of needles there, too, so if you ever need one, let me know.

Litoralis said...

I never thought I would see a law student who is so prepared for the world of billable hours.

You could have saved 23.25 (almost an entire day!) if you were not on law review or student government and relied on your wits alone for exams and class instead of doing the reading and making outlines.

Calculating Bitch said...

Litoralis - any ideas on how I can quit both and get smart enough to rely on my wits alone? I'm open to any and all suggestions, really.

Litoralis said...

C.B. - Quitting both is easy...getting smart enough to rely on wits alone is another matter. I think it might be too late for you...the technique is best perfected through years of practice in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, law school and work. There is nothing quite like going into a law school exam having studied for one night from someone else's outline...sheer exhilaration.

Legal Bachelor said...

2L year sucks. Really.