days Extremely-Soon-to-be-J.D. (ESTBJD) has been in law school.
So what? you say. Lots of people go to law school. Big deal.
Contrary to popular opinion, I still think advanced degrees are a big deal. Even if everyone has to get one nowadays. Even if they don’t guarantee you a job, which in the case of my MFA degree never did, so I’m not disappointed by lack of marketability in a tough economy. No matter which way you look at it, going beyond what is required to further your education is something to applaud and celebrate (possibly with wine in your backyard on a Wednesday night).
But when you decide to get your law degree while working full-time at a major law fim, you deserve more than just a gold sticker. At least that’s how I feel about the fact that ESTBJD is graduating from one of the country’s best law schools Sunday afternoon.
For the last four years, four to five nights a week, ESTBJD went from work to school and from school to home(work). Sure, we got used to it. Sure, we never went on a honeymoon or on a vacation ever. I mean that really and truly. Sometimes it felt like we were waiting for a day that would never come. There were days when it felt like our lives were on hold. “Just wait until I finish law school” became our new favorite motto. Until recently, it started to feel like we’d be saying “just wait until…” forever.