After a week of some much needed sunshine and rest I’m ready to hit the ground running, literally! Unfortunately, spring break went all too fast as all breaks in law school seem to do. I was able to escape the cold DE weather and retreat to Florida. Unlike my previous spring breaks, I made sure to pack my carry-on luggage with casebooks and supplements. However, the only book I cracked open was one called “Getting to Maybe” by Fischl and Paul. It was recommended to me by many so I’m passing it along to you…but I recommend you read it prior to entering law school.
Now, with just two days left of spring break I find myself preparing for the busy weeks ahead of me. As Kathleen mentioned, our schedules increased by one class. I know…it doesn’t sound like much but it has really taken a toll. There seems to be alot less “me” time and much more reading. It took some adjusting to get used to but it’s really not all that bad, you simply need good time management skills. I’m also learning that I am much more comfortable here at Widener as a second semester 1L. Your first semester you truly feel like a guppy in an ocean! However, this semester I find myself feeling like an old pro…well not quite, but things seem to come a little easier.
On my agenda for the next few weeks is the ususal outlining and research/writing for my appellate brief. I’m actually excited to be working on this brief because it is your first taste of advocacy. Legal Methods II will conclude with oral arguments which allow you to put your advocacy skills into play!
I’ll keep you posted!
Sorry it has been so long since my last blog! November was quite overwhelming and left me with little time for anything but school work. But no worries, a few weeks of some much needed rest and relaxation has left me feeling renewed and ready for “round two.”
I’m sure you’re wondering how finals went…well let’s just say I survived ha! Actually it wasn’t all that bad. There were definite good days and bad days, but that was to be expected. In the beginning I found myself to be driven by my nerves for the unexpected and by the end I was working of straight adrenaline and excitement for the holidays and winter break. For me, it was the middle exam that was the toughest because I knew there was still an up-hill climb ahead of me. The last 2 to 3 weeks of my semester were spent alternating between studying in the library, Barnes and Noble, on-campus study lounges and my dorm. You see, the finals crunch brings on this sense of cabin fever and leaves you in some-what of a “study hop” in order to keep both your scenery new and your sanity. However, the best piece of advice I can give, after surviving my first semester of finals, is to remember that everyone is in the exact same boat as you. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and as if YOU are the only one struggling but you must keep in my that there are a couple hundred 1Ls feeling the very same way.
Classes will begin in just a few short days and I’m actually looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. As I studied for finals, I found that I could have definitely made things easier on myself if I had approached things differently. So in a way, I’m looking forward to putting my improved techniques into play and seeing what results come my way!
I’ll be sure to update everyone on my first week of classes, but until then I’m going to enjoy my last few days of winter break!
I can hardly believe it’s been an entire two months since I began my law school journey! I know this may sound cliché but it really does feel like just yesterday I was attending orientation, which by the way was super helpful. If you decide to attend Widener Law you will begin your law school career with a week-long orientation that not only introduces you to the field of law but most importantly how to be a successful law school student.
As far as I can say, law school is exactly what I expected it to be. My days are consumed with more than enough reading and case-briefing. Although, I have to say, as boring as this all may sound I’m really enjoying my experience here! I have met some great friends which has helped the transition into law school straight from undergrad easier than I ever imagined it to be. Also, the professors here are wonderful and I can already tell they truly care about their students…something I wasn’t expecting to see in law school.
I’ve also recently had a mid-term in my Torts class. Every semester, first year law students at Widener Law get a mid-term exam in one class; the other classes rely primarily on a final exam or final assignment. Obviously, the mid-term was very different than any undergrad exam I’ve ever taken so I was actually grateful to have the opportunity to “test the waters” before finals roll around…which, unfortunately, seem to be creeping up!
Well, I hope you’ve gained a little insight into what it’s like to be a 1L here at Widener Law. There will be plenty more to come, but for now back to the books!