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My name is Brendan and I am a 2L originally from Foxboro, MA (you may have heard of us...the Patriots play here). I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History. As an undergrad I was a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha, serving as Vice...

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Diving In

Posted by Brendan Schlander on 08/21/2011 at 02:36 PM

It is official, I (along with my fellow 1L's) have completed my first week of law school. And the verdict? The jury is still out...please excuse my bad lawyer puns. This week has been a whirlwind of meeting our section-mates and professors, figuring out where to sit and how to balance our schedules. Not-so-quiet whispers have already filled the hallways about which professors eased their students in and which ones put the already nervous 1L's on the spot from the get go. And then, as quickly as it started, it was over. Our first weekend was upon us and we are now accountable for our own time. The structure of orientation and luncheons and barbeques and speakers is over for the time being and is replaced by anxiety and uncertainty. Did I read that case closely enough? Should I read ahead or will that just confuse me? What is this, an email from my Civ Pro professor saying he will assign the seats for the semester? Oh no, that must mean he is going to do it alphabetically, putting me in the back. I want to be in my safety blanket of the second or third row right in the middle. Take a deep breath...phew. If my mind is racing this much now I cannot imagine what December will be like. 

On the bright side, I think that I have worked out a solid study schedule that will keep things fresh in my mind but still allow time for review and have, you know, a life (or at least something resembling a fraction of one). I have a pretty solid template created for my case briefs, and now my biggest challenge is actually doing these briefs while it is absolutely gorgeous outside and the Red Sox are on. This one might take a little while.