State of the Blog: Bluebook Bonfire


23 months ago, I started law school.  Next Thursday, I’ll be done.  Provided, of course, that I can complete Belle’s End of Law School Checklist:

  • 1 Family Law Final
  • 1 Public Lands Law Final
  • 35 Externship Hours
  • 10 Community Service Hours
  • 11 Legal Assistance Hours, Including Case Closure and Transfer Memos

Blog content will be, let’s go with, unpredictable.  Repeat after me, it’s almost over, it’s almost over…

xoxo, Belle



  1. Nina says:

    Congrats, Belle!!! Although I don’t know you, I am so proud of and really happy for you. Lots of love from Atlanta!

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  2. Jenn S. says:

    One week! It’s almost over. Thrilled for you from Pittsburgh!

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  3. CR says:

    You can do it! And I heartily recommend a bluebook bonfire when it’s all over. That thing is the devil, and, based on personal experience, it’s massively cathartic to watch it go up in flames.

    April 28, 2016/Reply
    • Melissa says:

      Oh goodness no! I still use mine four years after graduation.

      The outlines do burn nicely though.

      April 28, 2016/Reply
    • Crystal says:

      Unfortunately, depending on how/where you practice, you very well might need that evil Bluebook in the future. :/ (I still use mine quite frequently.) Perhaps set fire to your outlines? Or a book that isn’t worth reselling?

      April 28, 2016/Reply
  4. Mary says:

    Do what you have to do to finish your degree. We’ll still be here when you get back.

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  5. Valerie L Pantone says:

    Best wishes!! What other blogs do you recommend checking in on to keep us going while you’re gone?

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  6. Danielle says:

    More love from Pittsburgh. GO BELLE GO!! Take all the time you need. We will still be here when you get back. Good luck. And keep the blue book.

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  7. Annie says:

    You got this!

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  8. Kate says:

    Congratulations and it’s almost over!!

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  9. Jen says:

    The end is near. Good luck!

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  10. A says:

    I don’t know you either but I am cheering you on from a small suburb outsid of Toronto Canada. You’ve got this. One week, ONE!!

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  11. Trezlen says:

    Congrats, Belle! Only burn that Bluebook if it’s the 19th edition. If it’s the 20th edition, hang onto it. It’s only a year old.

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  12. Ellen says:

    Congrats, Belle! I’ve been reading this blog for years and it seems like just yesterday you announced you were packing up to move out west for law school!!

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  13. Tech Writer says:

    Love and support coming from Silicon Valley from yet another person who doesn’t know you, yet whom you’ve helped over the years. Keep breathing! You’ll get there and we will be here when you’re back.

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  14. Shelley says:

    Congrats Belle!

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  15. holly says:

    Good luck!

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  16. Jessica says:

    Burn the Bluebook. It’s all online if you ever need it-

    April 28, 2016/Reply
  17. Jenette says:

    Actually, I would love to read about the things that helped you survive law school! What bag did you use to carry all those heavy books? Binders, notebooks or was your laptop fine for notes?…I get too distracted, oops. I’m starting law school in the fall and have tons of questions! I would be so happy if you wrote a post about a survival guide. Good luck!! You’re almost there! You have and continue to inspire so many!

    April 29, 2016/Reply
  18. Tree says:

    Go Belle Go! What a huge challenge you’ve overcome and dominated – we’re proud!

    April 29, 2016/Reply
  19. Ann says:

    I’ve been reading this blog for a few years and couldn’t have made the move/transition to Virginia without it. It’s kinda cheesy but you really are an inspiration and its great to see your hard work paying off. Congratulations, Belle!

    April 30, 2016/Reply
  20. Libbi V says:

    So beyond proud of you for chasing your dreams and building a career to be reckoned with! You are such an inspiration, I hope our paths cross one day. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    May 9, 2016/Reply