What Will I Blog About?

I feel as if the previous blog post answered this question. Those that know me, however, know that I that once I start something, I need to finish it. And those that know me very well, know that I love bulleted lists. So, here you go:

  • General experiences in law school (preparing for class, the classroom dynamic, study habits, gatherings, etc.)
  • Challenges I face (budgeting, understanding concepts, social life, time management, etc.)
  • Opinions on the material (after reading cases, after understanding a concept, etc.)
  • Life (health, happiness, etc.)

Those four categories are so general, that I think it captures just about everything.


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Why Am I Blogging?

Good question – especially because I haven’t been an avid reader of blogs and I don’t think I’ve written a blog post (ever). There’s a first for everything, I suppose.

If I were to boil it down, I suppose this is why I’m trying to get into this whole “blogging thing:”

  • Keep In Contact. From what I hear, law school is not only an intellectual challenge (“journey”), but also a challenge in time management, especially as it relates to maintaining relationships. I figured that this would be a good way to keep in touch with those who want to know what I’m up to, what I’m thinking about, and what I’m learning about. Not to mention, this would be an easy way to post some random thoughts to keep everyone up-to-date (and to avoid those uncomfortable “catch up” phone calls).
  • Writing Practice. If others are reading what I’m writing, this is an added stress to be sure I’m writing clearly and coherently. Past communication has been limited to being strictly informal (e.g. emails and text messages), and writing in a public blog (versus private, password-protected journals) causes me to edit my entries with this added focus. Not saying this will be my best writing, but, a step, right?
  • A Break. Those that know me also know that I’m not one to sit around and watch TV. The ideal “break” for me is something that is productive. This provides me an opportunity to synthesize and reflect on what’s going on, while also being somewhat productive – writing up my opinions to start an online conversation.

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Who Am I ?

Hi! I am the ‘Justin’ behind¬†Justin’s Journey to a JD.

My blog is about my personal journey through the law school experience. I document the ups and downs, problems solved, books read, and concepts mastered. All of this is from the perspective of a non-traditional college student (starting law school at 28 years old), having two prior college degrees (B.S., M.S.), and leaving both full-time and part-time employment to become entirely dependent on financial aid.

I started this blog as a way to share my experiences with family and friends, especially considering that my time to share would be limited once classes begin. The blog provides an outlet to gradually work on postings and update frequently so that readers can follow along as I learn and refine my skills.

The law, for me, is the next step at fulfilling my professional vision. I am naturally curious about the world around me and often become frustrated when I don’t understand or feel that I don’t know ‘enough’ about something. I am curious about the law and because of its intertwinement with just about everything in our lives, knowing more about it in order to navigate within it is important. For me, mastery will allow me to advocate for higher education (colleges and universities) institutions, stand up for those in bondage with the criminal justice system, and lobby for change in government policies forcing even more drastic disparities between the rich and the less fortunate.

For those of you more about assessment-type ‘about me’ tests, here’s a rundown (click the names for more information):

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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning…

Blogging websites suggest opening a blog with a brief introduction about the writer. Mack Collier, a blogger for companies on how to use social media effectively, outlines four points to touch on with the first blog post (for companies):

  1. Who you are;
  2. Why you are blogging;
  3. What you will be blogging about;
  4. How I can leave feedback.

That list seems to present the best outline to get started. After all, as a ‘beginner blogger,’ at least this will keep me from rambling on about my random epiphany for the day. The next several blog posts will discuss each one of these areas in detail.

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