In New York, if you're "newly admitted" -- meaning within your first 2 years -- you can't click through the online seminars, or listen in over the phone. You have to be a body in a chair in front of a live presenter. I discovered I could take the classes offered by the Practicing Law Institute for free (to me) through my affiliation with my old firm. That's how I found myself at "Bridging the Gap" all day on Tuesday -- a nine hour continuing education seminar full of other newly-admitted attorneys like myself.
(Look at the size of the book. They are not messing around.)
I think it's a testimony to the level of boredom I've achieved that I actually found the classes pretty interesting. Kathy says it's "nerdy." I assume she also thought it was nerdy that I recapped all the best parts of the presentations on the train ride home.
In reality, what I liked was the whole experience of doing something work-related, even if it wasn't actually work. I had to get dressed, I had to be able to be someplace on time. I had lunch with Kathy during my lunch break, then went back. I had stories to tell on the train ride home. It really reminded me why I'm excited to go back to work. I love having experiences that confirm things I already think.
Is it nerdy to enjoy a class on presentation skills and cognative barriers to effective negotiation? Maybe. It's probably going to be a whole lot nerdier when I go to the session on derivatives and swaps next week, though!