I am a 2L at Roger Williams University School of Law, and a recent graduate of Stonehill College, Class of 2008. I received my BA in Political Science, with a minor in Business Administration. I have served in the Mass. Army National Guard from 2000- Present, formerly as an Intelligence Analyst...
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The Catch up Game
I can’t believe how quickly this semester is flying by! Once the Memo was in, the catch up game began! It is very easy to fall behind if you’re not careful. It starts with missing the readings for a particular day, and snoballs into hours of catch up reading over the weekend. Even if you “skim” the cases to get by in class, you still have to go back and read, brief, and make sure that you understand the material for exams. Well, this is just the situation I am in! The memo assignment kind of took over, and now I am realizing how out of shape my outlines are! So the race is on!
Everyone’s work pace is different, and everyone’s study habits are different. You have to be careful not to compare what you are doing to what someone else is doing, because it is a trap. Just because one person buys a ton of study guides, or is in the library until midnight, doesn’t mean that is what is right for you. Personally, I am an early bird, and do my best work early. I like study aids, but it’s so easy to rely on them too much and miss the deeper analysis you can only get from thinking through the cases yourself.
Find out what works for you. You will easily spend half of your first semester figuring it out, but make sure you have a plan for staying on top of the work. It definitely picks up!
One thing that RWU Law does that I really like is have tons of tutorials on how to get organized, how to make your briefs and outlines better, and how to manage your time. They really do everything they can to make sure that you have available to you everything you need to prepare for exams and to do well!
As the semester progresses, we are all starting to look around a little at what types of extracurricular groups are available, and which ones we have an interest in checking out. No one I know is getting involved in much this semester, but by Spring I think we might start branching out a bit. There are so many different things you can do, and so many opportunities to get involved and events to attend. Whatever your interest, I’m getting the feeling there is something for you here!