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Journey to a JD: Friends, Fun, and… Finals?!

Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but it is always a good time to give thanks and appreciate the finer things in life.  I felt this firsthand on Thursday, while celebrating Friendsgiving with my fellow friends and 1Ls here in Philly.  Between the 11 of us, we had over 20 dishes and desserts, along with a giant turkey, and plenty of room for seconds (and thirds).  We spent the evening eating, laughing, relaxing, and eating some more.   This was such a welcome and well-deserved break from our casebooks, because we had all been studying for finals over the past…

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Journey to a JD: It’s Crunch Time

As the final remnants of Halloween fade away, the autumn breeze settles in.  Outside, the leaves are changing into vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange, and the days are getting shorter.  November is slowly rolling in.  Which can only mean one thing: it is time to get down to business. Here at Penn Law, we have been trading in our weekly Bar Review trips for weekly study group sessions, extracurricular lunches for outlining panels, and 1000-page casebooks for even more supplements and subject guides (because you can never get enough of torts and civil procedure).  The arrival of November…

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Journey to a JD: 5% of the Way There

Today is a big day.  Why?  Because as of today, I am officially 5% of the way along with my law school education.  Which means I am this much closer to earning my JD and becoming a lawyer.  Looks like it’s time to break out the champagne… Here at Penn, it is a special tradition for all the 1Ls to celebrate this milestone with a giant pizza party every year.  As I walked around the courtyard this afternoon, munching on my slice of pepperoni and mingling with my classmates, I could not help but smile.  Here I was, five weeks into…

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Journey to a JD: Welcome to Law School

First day?  Check.  First class?  Check.  First cold call?  Check. It’s official: law school has started.  Let the games begin!  I just finished my first week of classes, and I am having a blast.  (Nope, I promise I have not gone delirious from reading about torts and contracts.  At least not yet.)  I realize that law school will inevitably become hard and stressful at times, as the semester goes on and the workload picks up, but so far, I am loving it.  Penn Law has such a warm and welcoming environment, which has helped the transition from undergrad to law…

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Journey to a JD: Let the Countdown Begin!

After all these months of anticipation and excitement, August is finally here. I will be moving to Philly next week to get settled into my new home.  Orientation starts just a few days later, and before I know it, classes will be in full swing.  So far, my summer has been a relaxing and rewarding balance of travelling and volunteering.  Coming home last night, I felt a tingle of expectation run down my spine, knowing that law school was right around the corner. It is beginning to hit me now.  When I check my email, I find messages from Penn…

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Journey to a JD: Who’s Hungry for Some Tort(e)?

If anyone had offered me a “tort” a month ago, I would have eagerly accepted, expecting a delicious and creamy dish of chocolate decadence. But it turns out that that this “tort” is very different from the “torte” I had in mind.  While they may sound the same, they are worlds apart.  This is what I have quickly learned while doing some of my summer reading and talking to current law students. Whether it is a chapter from Scott Turow’s classic Harvard Law School memoir “One L,” or an old episode of “Law and Order,” I have recently become acutely…

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Journey to a JD: Venturing Out Into 0L Territory

“It’s not goodbye… it’s see you later.” I found myself saying this over and over again, as I donned my graduation cap and embraced my dearest friends and classmates at Washington and Lee one more time.  I knew I would see them again – some sooner than others – when our paths will inevitably cross in New York City, Philly, Florida, Boston, and Lexington.  It will not be long before the wind brings us together once more.          And now, I am officially an alumnus of my beloved college.  It still hasn’t hit me yet.  The past week flew by…

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Journey to a JD: The End of One Chapter, The Start of Another

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  This month calls for plenty of celebration, as I officially wrap up my college career and dive into the summer.   With graduation right around the corner, I cannot help but reminiscence on these last four years.  I have had a blast at Washington and Lee (soon to be my alma mater… it’s just crazy thinking about it), and I could not have asked for a more rewarding undergraduate experience.  This is a bittersweet time, because I cannot imagine leaving my friends, professors, and this special community behind, but I am incredibly excited for all that…

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Journey to a JD: Finals + Decisions = Final Decisions

This weekend, I bumped into an old friend of mine.  Well, technically, eighteen old friends. That’s right: I ran into my mountain of LSAT books.  While I was cleaning out my closet, I came across what turned out to be a rather formidable collection of preparation materials. Powerscore, Manhattan, Kaplan, Princeton Review – you name it, I had it.  I am pretty sure I had every test company and published exam covered in my treasure trove of logic games, arguments, and lengthy passages.  It is a little embarrassing, actually.  I did not realize that I had amassed such an extensive…

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Journey to a JD: Are We There Yet? (How About Now?)

And so, it begins: the much-anticipated wait for law school decisions.  All my applications are submitted, my interviews are completed, and my LSAT prep books are neatly squared away in the corner, peacefully collecting dust.  Now, all I have to do is sit back, relax, and wait. If only it were that easy.  With rolling admissions guiding this process, candidates can hear back as quickly as within a few days and as long as several months.  While deadlines vary by institution, many regular decision dates fall sometime between February and March.  This way, most applicants will have gotten their final…

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