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Statistically Weeping: A Statement of Purpose

In my first installment of this column, I wrote about purpose. The first of many commandments for all law students - always remember your audience and your purpose. Of course, this concept goes beyond our legal research and writing. It can come into play through our work and experience in client representation and advocacy. I would argue this question is thought of in both public and private sectors. To some degree, we are always asking ourselves - who am I speaking to, and why am I speaking? After all, lawyers of every stripe have a point they need to make,…

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Statistically Weeping: Having the Harder Conversations

Written experiences of depression and anxiety in law school are arguably few and far between. For me, that means being given a space and a platform from which to recount my own story is very important. As I’ve said before, once I began asking, so many smart, strong and successful people came forward to share with me their stories of mental illness. These stories made it easier to tell myself every day that I wasn’t alone. And over time, knowing that made it easier to let other people in. It gave me the confidence to be a little more honest.…

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Statistically Weeping: Back to School Edition

A new academic year always felt like a clean slate to me. It was a chance to start fresh, another opportunity to further prove and push myself. This had never been more true in law school, so in keeping with that sense of optimism, this month I’d like to take a different approach and offer up some more bite sized thoughts. After all, things are about to get very busy. You cannot drink water from a firehose, but you will be expected to try in class. I took a lot of comfort in that description of my first year classes. The…

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Statistically Weeping: Summertime and Self-Care

During law school, the summertime experiences I had were pretty typical. A full-time summer internship at a public interest NGO, along with some writing for a brief I’d belonged to since my first year at school. I cannot overstate enough how incredible this schedule felt after a full-calendar, academic year. To the untrained eye, this looks like a normal work schedule. To a law student, this looks like sweet, sweet freedom. Why? If you are not taking summer classes, there is nothing to be done after work. There are no cases to read and brief. No drafts to edit. No…

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Statistically Weeping: One Intern and Her Imposter Syndrome

There’s one thing that sticks out in my mind the most when I recall my summer internship experiences, particularly the more formal internship I took on between my second and third year of law school. It’s how often I repeated the phrase, “I’m not sure I’m really supposed to be here.” I said it to myself. I said it to my fellow interns. I said it to friends, who were also law students. I even said it to my mom. And though it horrifies me now to admit it, I’m sure I said it in so many words to my…

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Statistically Weeping: The Law Student and the Intern

Summer is upon us. And for a law student, that typically involves some form of employment - the tried and true summer internship. Obtaining one is another important and equally stressful hurdle that must be vaulted during the school year. For me personally, it was the implication of the internship’s value that struck terror into my heart as a 1L. The reasoning started with getting the best grades possible because they would determine my ability to get an internship. And since my grades were never going to be good enough, I had to hustle for the best internship possible to…

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Statistically Weeping: Finally, Sunshine

Slowly but surely, winter gives way to spring. It happened the same way every year. I’d walk out of class, and suddenly the outside world feels warm and welcoming again. After months of cold and wet, a blooming spring felt like a shock to my system. And after weeks of squirreling away in the study cave and trying to make each day count, that sunshine felt like I was resurfacing. The grey literally lifted to make room for green grass and pink cherry blossoms. Feeling the sunshine on my face for just a moment melted away some of the stress.…

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Statistically Weeping: The Role of Fear

Take a moment to picture your average law student. They look like your typical twenty something, still fresh faced out of undergrad, right? Let that student list off their credit hours, and explain what that translates to in terms of hours spent reading and briefing each night. Listen to her describe the hours she spends in clinic each week on top of editing for a journal. Or maybe he’ll tell you about the internship he travels across the city for every day while he keeps up the co-presidency of a law society. I’d be willing to lay down good money…

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Statistically Weeping: A Post-Bar Postscript

Buffalo, New York is a surprisingly charming city. Victorian row houses converted into cute, hipstery bars, antique shops, and competing claims to the original Buffalo wing abound. I’ve also been introduced to Timbits, showing up just over the border from their Canadian homeland. Right on time to provide the perfect stress induced sugar high as the clock ticktocks a little bit closer to game time. So this is the bar. The Everest-worthy achievement that comes wrapped in a bow as the world’s worst graduation present. The dreaded, the feared, an awe-inspiring, mind-numbing endeavor that tends to bring out the ugly…

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Statistically Weeping: One Law Student and Her Depression

The first rule many of us are taught in legal rhetoric classes is often issued as the commandment to know thy audience and purpose. Audience and purpose – who are you writing to and what for? Which audience? The legal community: those practicing out in the wild or law students, grinding out the hours somewhere in their first, second, third year. This audience can extend beyond those lines too. To those who love and care about anyone falling into those categories. The point being, the audience needs to be wide reaching. I’d prefer as many people as possible to fill…

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