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My name is Michael Hartley and I am 21 years old. I went to undergraduate school at Rhode Island College where I graduated with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration and a minor in History. While at college, I served as a member of the Student government for...



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Applying to Law School

Posted by Michael Hartley on 02/03/2013 at 01:04 AM

When I was applying to law schools, I saw these blogs written by students and wished that a student would write about their law school experience. Now I am a law student who has a blog and I thought it would be fitting to write my experience of law school so far. Before coming to law school, everyone tells you how busy you will be and how much reading and studying you will do. This is not a lie but, it is not completely true either. The workload is intense but, at least as I have experienced as a 1L, the workload is more than manageable. So far, I have been able to manage everything and have an actual life as well. The most absurd thing I read while applying to law school, and I read this from more than several sources, is that you cannot date anyone while in law school, see your family, or have any life besides law school because you will not have time. This is a flatout lie. Do not let this scare you if you read that or a variation of any of that.

Not only is law school more manageable than people tell you but, is fun in and of itself. There have been so many events to attend that have been great experiences at Roger Williams. This fall alone I attended a "fireside chat" with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito, played Student-Faculty Jeopardy (the 1L team won beating the 2Ls, 3Ls, and the Faculty), and went to the SBA Homecoming dance.  This semester there seems to be just as many, if not more, opportunities. Recently, I, along with many other law students, interviewed with the Rhode Island State Government Internship Program. This was a great opportunity to potentially intern with a government agency that individual students are interested in. In a few weeks, there is the Public Interest Auction which, based on the buzz, is going to be a great time. Shortly after that is the SBA Barristers Ball, aka "law school prom." After selling tickets for that this week and nearly selling out in just one week, that promises to be one heck of a dance. 

Overall, law school is manageable and fun. Yes, law school is alot of work too, but if you are even considering applying to law school you are most likely the type of person that has already worked hard and will not be overwhelmed by law school. Good luck to everyone!