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Life as a Law Student: Final Thoughts of 2015

Sitting in that large room, about to take my last final of 2015, I could hear the 1Ls cheering as they stampeded through the halls after their Civil Procedure final (cue the 1/6th-a-lawyer posts). The finished 2Ls hadn’t been helping either with their “#halflawyer” posts springing up on Facebook. As soon as time was called, the emotional floodgates swung wide open. However, in the midst of all the feels, the only emotion I could distinctly put my finger on was relief. Not going to lie, fall semester of 2L year was hard. In fact, in some ways it was harder…

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Life as a Law Student: Thinking about Marketability

Let’s be honest. For the most part, there’s a part of ourselves that think we’re special, that we deserve that second glance in a pile of applications, and that employers would be oh-so-lucky to have hired us. For many of us, the reality is much harsher than what we let ourselves realize. Looking at law firms, for example, if you’ve ever read the profiles of lawyers on firm websites, they are jam-packed with educational achievements, accolades and awards, and client victories. After all, it’s a business. They are selling a service and they can only do that if they can convince…

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Life as a Law Student: What Kind of Leader Do You Strive to Be?

[Asking my law review friend how she does it. Her response:] Setting aside what you’ve grown up believing yourself to be or not to be, as lawyers or lawyers-in-training, it’s hard to deny that we have been thrust into a role that has people depending on us to have sound judgment (Can you tell I’m taking Professional Responsibility this semester? ). Our actions, or omissions, have real consequences for our clients, for our employers, for “the other side,” and for the greater community. Whether you like it or not, we are leaders in our own right. Once you signed your…

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Life as a Law Student: Law School and Alcohol

1Ls, give yourselves a pat on the back for finishing your first week of law school. It’s as scary as you thought it would be and more, huh? Watch out, that day when you don’t read, the chances of you getting called on go up two-fold. I don’t know how, but it does. I’m kidding, kind of. Well, if you’re already having your doubts, go easy on yourself—in fact, go easy on yourself for all three years for the rest of the year, law school is a steep learning curve. I think it’s safe to say that law school is…

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Life as a Law Student: Back to School Tips

School is back in session! It especially is for those participating in On Campus Interviewing (OCI). (If you’re interested in learning more about OCI, check out this candid article on The Girl’s Guide to Law School blog.) With fall semester beginning in just a few weeks, you might be overwhelmed by the looming monstrosity that is law school over there in the horizon. Maybe not. Last year, at around this time, I was so nervous, scared, and my mind was filled with second thoughts. So many conversations I had with myself began with the question, “Where do I start?” So, if you're feeling…

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Life As A Law Student: The Professional Standard

A Law Student’s Delayed Gratification: When OCI was still a distant thought. Most of us who have experienced law school have at least one story to tell about how we oddly felt like we had stepped into a time machine to re-live high school. The cliques, the gossip, the scramble for resume-builders, and the obsession with the GPA. (Check out this amusing, but fairly accurate article by Bitter Lawyer.) I find it surprising how easy it is to get sucked into that mentality. Although, I get it. Your world becomes confined to the four walls of your law building and…

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Life as a Law Student: #1L Nostalgia

A Law Student’s Delayed Gratification: Legal Writing. Legal Writing. Legal Writing. [Take legal writing seriously. It will arguably be the most important class you take your first year. 1L summer is proving that to be more and more true everyday.] By this time most of you have made your decision about law school. Congrats! I’m sure at this point all you want to do is relax, make your summer plans, and enjoy life before whatever new chapter awaits you! In honor of summer, I thought it would be fun to scour Twitter for some law school truths shared by those…

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Life as a Law Student: The Summer Before 1L

A Law Student’s Delayed Gratification: 1L year. After this month, I don't think I can use the #1L hashtag on Twitter anymore.... Now that you're in the final phases of making law school an official reality, your next question might be, “Now, what?” Most people I talked to said, “Rest, go do something fun, you’re not going to have this time to do anything you want for awhile.” It’s true. At least for the next three years, your summers will likely be filled with internships/firm jobs/studying for the bar. Yet knowing this, I decided to do it anyway. Do what, you…

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Life as a Law Student: Before That First Deposit

A 1L's Delayed Gratification: Never have I asked, "Pizza, again?"  Just this past week, as I observed from my nook in the library the prospective students milling through the law school for Admitted Student Weekend, I was doused with a bit of nostalgia of how I, too, had once looked so hopeful. Just kidding. But seeing all of these new students did remind me of how at around this time last year, I, too, was making my rounds, trying to make some sense of what it is I was looking for. For me, my final choice boiled down to two great…

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Life as a Law Student: The Older One

A 1L's Delayed Gratification: Joining the law school bowling league! (Proven to be a good, concrete example to give to interviewers about my ability to balance school and life.) When life happened and I ended up taking three years off before heading off to law school, I figured that being 26 and starting my professional law career wouldn’t be such a problem. After all, the average age of first year law students is around 25. Although I may have been won over by the average age across law schools, when I started at mine, I was not at all thrilled to discover…

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