Yesterday, I completed the last of the finals I will take as a 2L. We will see how this actually pans out, but right now I am hopeful. In reality, I had 5 exams and a paper this semester, over the span of he last 3 months, but the bulk was my last four exams in the past week, which I shall call the finals clusterfuck from hell. But, now I am done. DONE!!!
The clusterfuck of the last week was somewhat eloquently symetrical, and metaphorical in a cycle of the law student way...I shall explain.
My first final was Corporate Tax, it was not kind. However, this class was comprised of graduating 3Ls and me. They were more or less taking it as their last law school final ever. I started finals with a final that a majority of my fellow final takers were ending their law school careers with. And it was being proctored by the guy from admissions, slightly ironic.
The clusterfuck ended yestersay. I sat down to my property II final knowing that in 2 hours, for better or for worse, I would no longer be a 2L. Which is a comforting thought and a terrifying thought at the same time, but that is a whole seperate topic. Property II is a 1L class, so obviously, my being in there gives off the air of a fuck-up somewhere in my past law school career. But, still, it was my last final, I was terrified (due to the lack of proper study time, hanks Federal Income Tax+stupid 24 hour deferral rule that takes into account start times, not ending ones!) and excited, and then the proctor walked in, my Corporate tax professor. She looked confused, this was the property II final, she asked me. I answered yes, which was followed by a look I can only describe as confusion tinged with dissapointment and pity. After I ran out of the room, very dramatically as is my way, vowing to throw sharp objects, such as pencils, at her for the exam she gave us which in no way resembled the practice question, I returned, calmer and with a cookie. She proceeded to comment on how she disliked property and then insulted the 1Ls (she spoke aloud what I have been thinking all semester-which is why, no matter how much that tax exam sucked, I will not drop her class for the fall; also, I am pretty sure they didn't realize they were being insulted, even if they are the top 2/3 of their class, they are extremely dense).
In summary: I started finals with a final full of graduated 3Ls, being proctored by an admissions officer and ended it in a 1L final being proctored by a professor of 3L biz law/tax nerds.
I shall close with my reasoning on why I should recieve the A+ in corporate tax-
1) due to the conversation, i assume one of 3 things have already occured: (a) you graded our finals and gave me an A; (b) you graded our finals and gave all of us A's; or (c) you have yet to pick up and/or grade our finals...which is why you should keep reading->
2) I am the only one who can benefit from this grade! The rest of the class was cmprised of individuals who more or less have no need for GPAs anymore. They are graduating. Jobs/LLM programs have been procured. This grade shall have no effect on their futures. It will on mine! As you noticed during your proctoring of a 1L final, I obviously have a GPA deficient in good grades because I was taking a 1L's final.
3) I WANT to be a tax lawyer. I came to law school to do TAX law. No one does that! I should get extra points automatically...in both corporate and federal tax.
4) I managed to throw in some corporate tax knowledge on the Fed. Inc. Tax final. Which shows I retained it...I took it 6 days before, and still knew it, I took property yesterday and if I took it today, would not know a single answer for that exam!
So with those thoughts and the fact that I wrote my anonymous number rather large on my envelope in property, I look forward to recieving that A+ in corporate tax!