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Life in the Law School Lane: The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned in Law School

Do you ever find yourself in a situation in which you aren’t quite sure how you got there? Well, that’s me right now. It’s December of 3L, classes have ended, and the only things preventing me from going back to New York for Winter Break are a few final examinations (two of which “I don’t have to study for” – professor’s words, not mine). I started off my Writer-in-Residence term describing law school as a whirlwind experience, and 11 months later, I couldn’t agree more. In the span of 28 months, I’ve taken countless classes (actually I probably could have…

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Life in the Law School Lane: Living Through the 2016 Election as a Female Law Student

"This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is, it is worth it. And so we need—we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion." - Hillary Clinton, Concession Speech, November 9, 2016 With my penultimate post as a 2016 Writer in Residence, I figured I would be wrapping up…

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Life in the Law School Lane: 4 Observations from the Back Row

Wow, October of 3L. Just thinking about how different my mindset is now (cruising through thinking about my upcoming travels and graduation) from 2L (stressed from over-involvement in extracurricular activities and whether I chose the right firm) and 1L (clueless about what I was learning and whether I should be in law school) at this time, is unfathomable. Now that some nostalgia has kicked in, I cannot help but reminisce on all those great times I had in law school, all the way in back row of classrooms. You know, I may not have retained the most information that a…

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Life in the Law School Lane: 8 Zoolander Quotes that Describe Your Law School Life

“Did you ever think that there’s more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good at hypotheticals?” – Derek Zoolander, Law Student 1. Derek Zoolander: You think you’re too cool for school, but I have a newsflash for you Walter Cronkite…you aren’t. Everyone talks about how similar law school is to high school. When 200-500 students take classes all in one building, cliques are bound to form. But let’s face it, if you are in law school, you are a huge nerd. No matter how “cool” you may feel walking down those hallways, because of your above-average-for-law school athletic abilities…

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Life in the Law School Lane: 2 Real OCI Stories

It’s officially early August, which means that if your law school hasn’t started OGI/OCI/EIW/EIP yet, then it’s bound to get the ball rolling in the next few days. On-campus interviews (or interviews in small hotel rooms with creepy beds in the background) are those wonderful (read: anything but wonderful) 20-minute screeners law students have with law firms in anticipation for their eventual starts as big, bad city lawyers two years down the line. Ms. JD has spent much time discussing how one should prepare for the 20-25 interviews one is likely to have over a span of 2-5 days, as evidenced…

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Life in the Law School Lane: 4 Ways to Make the Most of your Big Law Summer

It is a very exciting time to be a Big Law Summer Associate ("SA"). Many of us have gotten raises (thanks Cravath!) and are more than halfway done with our “10-week interviews.” Summer has been flying by, and hopefully with the tips that Kristine Cherek gave us back in her May post, we are all well on our way to receiving offers and returning to our firms. July is a time when us Summers start to feel more relaxed and confident in our legal abilities. However, we need to refrain from getting too comfortable over the next few weeks, even if…

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Life in the Law School Lane: 4 Things to Do the Summer After 1L Year

It’s finally June – that time of year where law students finally emerge from the confines of the library to see the sun for the first time in weeks. If you just finished your 1L year, you may be emerging to see the sun for the first time in months, if not a full year. But, hey, you survived and should be letting out a big Johnny Drama “Victorrrrrrrrry.” If you have just finished your 1L year, you should still be basking in your accomplishment. Take a trip out of the town or out of the country (basically, just get as far away…

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Life in the Law School Lane: 3 Unspoken Law School Rules

As my second year comes to a close, I have been reminiscing a lot on what it has meant to be a law student. This was mostly sparked by a discussion I recently had in one of my classes, in which we discussed the “norms” of being a University of Virginia School of Law student, and whether those same norms would apply at any of the other 200+ law schools in this country. Apparently, life here at UVA is truly unique, between our “collegiality” and softball and Thomas Jefferson motifs. However, I am certain that these rules can and should…

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Life in the Law School Lane: 4 Stages of Law School Symposium Planning as Told by Kanye West

This time last year, I was accepted onto the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. I was honored to get to do cite checks that would last hours and judge professors, who are probably much smarter than I ever will be, on their scholarly work.  In the midst of this, I applied for a Managing Board position – because every law student needs more work – and was selected as an Assistant Programs Editor. In that role, I helped plan this year’s Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium alongside three amazing and extremely hard-working journal members. It took place on March…

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Life in the Law School Lane: How to Survive “1L March Madness”

It’s finally March – the month that college basketball fans wait for all year. As a UVA student, I am looking forward to my team making a deep run…instead of acting like the bracket-buster it has in recent years. March Madness is always a time of thrill and excitement, coupled with craziness and the potential for last-second heartbreak. I promise you that it only takes one upset to see why college basketball fans live for the month of March.* Unfortunately, though, if you’re a 1L, you might be experiencing your own “March Madness” – that soul-crushing time midway through Spring…

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