As the days left in this semester start to dwindle, student’s stress levels have started to rise, and time seems to move substantially faster than it did in January. The 1Ls have an appellate brief due next week (see Meghan’s previous post for more information), which also includes oral arguments, and I must say that I am actually looking forward to the arguments. I feel as though my Legal Methods II professor has prepared me remarkably well for the situation in which I will find myself, and I am hoping that the comments from the “judges” (Widener Law alumni) will help me to improve my speaking skills for future competitions. Although a majority of 1Ls are stressed beyond belief regarding the briefs, there seems to be a general excitement among my classmates for the oral arguments. I hope that they all turn out as well as our professors say they will.
This semester has progressed more quickly than I anticipated, even though people kept telling me how fast the semesters go. I can’t believe that it is already April, and that finals are just around the corner. Hopefully, now that I have one set of finals under my belt, these upcoming tests will not be as stressful, especially because I have a better idea of how teachers are testing us. Regardless, I am looking forward to the summer, during which I will work for a local law firm and also study abroad through Widener’s study abroad program (I’m going to Switzerland and Italy!).
Best of luck in the upcoming weeks to all of my classmates, and to the rest of the Widener community, and I am looking forward to writing about my study abroad experiences this summer!
So now that break is officially over, it’s time to get back into work mode and crack down on my studies. Grades came out a little bit over a week ago, so I am able to breathe a little easier now. Meghan covered the general atmosphere of school around finals, so I’m not going to repeat what she said, but if you haven’t read her post, please do; she offers readers some great insights into life during finals.
Let me start off by saying that second semester is…different. I have a better grasp on the workload, which is making life easier, but I also have one additional class compared to last semester, so time management is at issue right now. It has been hard trying to adjust to studying as opposed to relaxing (which is all I did over break).
Side note: if it’s possible, take at least one week during the winter break and do absolutely nothing. Trust me. As someone who has worked since she was 16, I thought it was going to be hard for me to do nothing while off from school; I was incorrect. My brother (who is a sophomore at the University of Dayton in Ohio), and I literally sat on the couch for a week like bums, and I enjoyed every second of it. I also worked at the law firm where I have worked for the past two years, just to balance out my laziness with some form of productivity.
Back to the present: All of my classes (fortunately) start at 10am each day, so I have one more hour to sleep in as compared to first semester (which means one more hour of work time at night!). The girls on my hall and I have continued to be good about studying together and helping each other get through this semester, which has helped to make the transition easier. My classes (Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Property II, and Legal Methods II) are all interesting thus far, and I’m looking forward to seeing what this semester holds in store for me. I’ll try to be better at keeping you all updated with any interesting observations, so I hope you continue to follow the blog! Have a safe January (hopefully there will be more snow in the near future!), and please feel free to comment with any questions!
Well, I have officially finished my first law school exam in Torts, and I’m really starting to feel comfortable on and around campus. I know (or think I know) what my professors are expecting from me, and I’m getting used to the workload. Phew, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. No one ever said law school was easy, but I think that by living on campus I gained an advantage study-wise. I have at least 5 other girls on my hall in the same boat as me, and through our camaraderie and random question-asking in the bathroom before bedtime, taking my midterm exam was not as daunting as I would have thought. Thank goodness all of the studying has dwindled for the time being- I’m ready to devote my full attention on my case briefs and connecting topics to each other, instead of poring over an outline. It’s the small things in life that make you feel better about each day, and just knowing that I have the ability to take (and hopefully do well on) a law school exam makes me truly believe that I made the right decision in coming to Widener. Here’s hoping I feel this way post-finals!