Today was my last class of the law school semester. I still have a major final and a ten page essay to write within the next two weeks, but at least the classes are done!
For my last class, I was to question an expert witness and give a closing argument in a mock trial. After a weekend full of kids' events, I was so exhausted, I went to bed last night and got up at 3:45am today to write my statement and prepare. I went to work this morning, rushed to school and attempted to cram for my first class for which I hadn't prepared, and then reviewed and revised my questions and statement for my last class.
The witness examination went well, but with only ten minutes left in the class, a decision was made to skip the closing arguments and listen to the deliberations of the decision makers in the mock trial. Although relieved, I was internally steaming that I had spent so much time preparing for something that didn't happen. I really wanted those hours of sleep back! The silver lining - our side got our desired result, even without the closing statement!
I'm so glad that classes are over. Two major events left and the semester will be over. Then only 6 credit hours left!!! I'm hoping to earn these through externships in juvenile court, observing and possibly assisting in foster care dependency cases. That will be so much nicer and more meaningful than sitting in a classroom taking notes on criminal procedures and the like!