Saturday, 15 September 2007

Do i sense sponsorship?

After managing to get myself into a bit of a worry regarding paying my fees for the GDL, decided to write to all the local lawyers asking if they wanted to sponsor me. To date I have received 4 very friendly letters saying that they don't offer such schemes, but wishing me luck nonetheless. Then, a few days ago, I received an email from a large company's HR manager, asking me to call her. I did so, and she basically said that she was really impressed with my CV, and wanted to forward my details to the partners as i was exactly the kind of candidate they are interested in. It could be that rather than just paying my fees they may actually give me a job as well.

Fingers are well and truly crossed!!!

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Heading for a brush with the law...

Hmmm...if things continue the way they are, then I may well find myself actively involved with the law a little sooner than intended (or desired). I have discovered a truly horrific combination of objects and circumstances which must NEVER again be allowed to come together.

Felt tip pens
Learning texts
Lack of supervision

I only went to peel some potatoes for dinner (my attempt at being a "real mum" and actually making proper mashed potato for the little monsters). It was as simple and innocent as that.

Five minutes later I return to a scene of carnage. My carefully prepared notes are barely readable, my learning texts are entirely decorated. Well, those that I can see are, anyway. My living room looks like it has been hit by a tornado. My papers are everywhere. Everywhere except where they are meant to be.

My voice leapt up a couple of octaves as I tried to deal with the situation. "You are both VERY naughty. You are both going on the naughty step RIGHT NOW"

So that's where they went. Both screaming their heads off. I tried to gather together my work - it took about 15 minutes to get things straight, all the while the two monsters are yelling (where do children get that capacity for endless wailing from?).

Then I gave them their tea. They didn't even really enjoy their mashed potato very much.

Well last night I carried on with Law of Tort....all but page 19/20 anyway. I have no idea where THAT ended up (methinks the little lady monster may have eaten it). So if anyone has a copy of Nottingham Law School's Learning text on Law of Tort and fancies giving me a precis of that particular page I would be most grateful.

And if the situation repeats itself I am a little worried that I may find myself on the receiving end of a visit from social services following concerned calls from neighbours regarding the amount of crying coming from my house. It won't be the children though. It will be me. Curled up in a ball on the floor whilst the two little monsters decorate me and my notes with felt tip pens...

Monday, 10 September 2007

Feeling satisfied

Well the weekend has come and gone. The major success to report is that both I and my two children (aged nearly 2 and 3) have all got some degree of understanding about Constitutional and Administrative law. At this rate my children are going to become mini-genii of the law world. They are both into the "what does that word say Mummy" stage at the moment, so I figured it was just easier to read aloud from my books. Well, it keeps them amused and enables me to get on with studying so we all win!

Well, we won on Saturday anyway. Unfortunately on Sunday, AF (absent father) decided he was suddenly terribly ill so cancelled his time with the children. The sun was out and they were determined not to spend their time inside being lectured on the European Convention on Human Rights so we spent most of the day out in the garden, trimming back (well more like attacking with a hacksaw) the hedges. I got some sun and the brain had a rest. I had great intentions for an evening of study once they were in bed, but NB (neglected boyfriend) was insistent on spending some time with me for a change, so once again, the study didn't happen.

It was nice to spend some time with NB but I did feel a bit guilty about the lack of time I had put into my studies. I think there are a few too many demands on my time. Made up for it this morning though. After dropping little man to pre-school I sat my daughter down in front of C-Beebies (yes the guilt issues of allowing the t.v. to entertain my child were there) and got on with studying. Am pleased to report that I have now finished preparing Constitutional Law and English Legal Method and have made a good start on the Law of Tort. Only European Law and Law of Contract to sort and I will be all set for the first residential weekend.

Fingers crossed for children who sleep like angels, an AF who actually takes the children out next weekend and an understanding NB who lets me get on with some studying this week!!!

Friday, 7 September 2007

On my way at last

Patting myself on the back. After "thinking about law" for years, but instead getting married, having children and getting divorced, my time has finally come and I am officially a student of Nottingham Law School.

I am studying the GDL by distance learning - the only feasible option with two very small children - and looking forward to it (yes I can hear the muffled laughs and yes I am aware that I sound super-naive). So far, the journey has been relatively straightforward - got an immediate unconditional offer from the Law School for the course, and got an award from Middle Temple. But now of course, reality has hit somewhat.

"It is expected that students will commit 15 hours of study per week to the course".

Hmmmm.....I already work 30 hours at my main job, teach music 20 hours a week and tutor french at an evening class 2 hours a week. And I am completing an HNC in Construction this year. And I am desperately trying to be a "good mum" to my two small children! I really really need a few more hours in each day...

Anyway, I think I can safely say that for the next two years I will have NO free time whatsoever - right now I am looking at the sunshine and grimly facing up to the fact that I will see none of it this weekend. Instead, I shall be trying to get my head around Constitutional and Administrative Law. Oh, and apply for a whole bunch of "mini-pupillages".

It will, I am sure, be worth it in the end.