Something I would have never guessed going into law school was that my favorite “study buddy” would be my canine companion, Katie. She recently departed this earth and I miss her dearly…but this isn’t about my loss. This is about something I realized toward the end of law school and definitely during my 4 long months of bar prep. Something that deserves recognition.
I had human study buddies off and on, joined a few study groups throughout school which were helpful, but none were as supportive as my furry friend at home who was willing to hang out with me through hours of endless reading, writing, and reciting rules. Sure, Katie couldn’t brief cases or argue legal issues with me. But what she could do was keep me company, smile at me with those big brown eyes and appear interested in what I was learning no matter how long it took or what day it was. I think if she could talk, she could have recited the Rule Against Perpetuities like a champ (although neither of us would be able to explain it or apply it to a fact pattern).
Studying for the bar exam is a lonely but necessary process. My family and friends gave me the space I needed – and naturally I felt pretty isolated during those last few months. They cheered me on for my hard work, but it seemed like no one “got it”. Except for Katie. She was there by my side through it all – not telling me that she was “..sure I would pass” or “Don’t worry – you can always retake it, no big deal..” Nope – none of that from Katie. Just her loyal company and silent encouragement, and that was all I needed.