Faith, Family

“Blurred Vision”

Just when you thought you knew what direction you should go in only to have some life choices that blur the vision you once held so clear and dear to your heart. I had the distinct pleasure of being pushed beyond my preset limits while landing on my feet. My reward for making it through the press was letting that dream go and dreaming again.

Today I am sharing some of my story of my “Life without Law” under the title “Blurred Vision.” The complete article is part of a soul searching, thought provoking, mind shifting anthology “Crystal Clear,” that will be released later this year.

Congratulations! Erica A. Thornton, We, are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into the Thomas Cooley Law School.  This was the first line of the email I received from the admission counsel. When I read those words, I took a deep breath, then released a sigh of relief. As the good news settled in, I began to reflect on the series of events that led up to me receiving the news.  Applying to law school had been one of my goals for quite some time. I allowed it to sit, restless and unfulfilled, in my subconscious. I didn’t fully pursue it with focused effort.  I allowed other things to crowd out the vision I had in heart.  At times I was not clear on which direction my life should take.  I found myself suffering from a lack of clear vision.  My life sometimes made me feel like I was in the movie “The Matrix,” when Morpheus asked Neo to choose between the blue pill or red pill.  The color chosen would determine the course taken. Some many options and choices can often lead to impaired vision.

 I had taken the LSAT, but to be honest, my score was not going to gain me a seat in a law school classroom. I’d heard about Cooley Law School and the different routes students could take to get accepted, so I decided to be a ‘big girl’ and apply. I was admitted into the Professional Exploration Program. The program at that time took a very unconventional approach to the traditional law school acceptance process.  The program reviewed the applicant’s G.P.A., LSAT score and writing sample to offer a conditional admission into an intensive program. If the student had what it took to make it through the intensive they could make it through the first year of law school.  It’s said that if you can make it through the first year the rest of the process is a “breeze.”  I confirmed my seat, kissed my husband good-bye and headed to the capital city for the week-long intensive. 

The Professional Exploration Intensive took the first semester of Tort Law and crammed it, full and bulging, into one week. The five day program consisted of reading, briefing and analyzing tort cases.  Along with the reading assignments and case briefing there were exams, Q&A’s and of course more writing. When I arrived for the first day of class I was able to connect with some good people. We began to discuss our personal paths that led us to the program. They were a great group of men and women from all over the country pursuing their lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer.  Immediately we formed study groups to help each other get through the week.  Our professors told us at the end of the program how impressed they were with our study groups and how committed we were to helping each other make it to the end.  In previous programs some students would drop out before the end of the week.  After hearing that I sat there asking myself, “how bad could it be?”  Little did I know I was about to find just how far past my own limitations I would be stretched… the complete article is available in the soul stirring anthology “Crystal Clear,” that will launch in the fall of 2020! Keep your eyes open for the release date. This will be a book you don’t want to miss.

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