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Elizabeth Blank is a Rhode Island native who grew up on Aquidneck Island. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Boston University. After graduation, she worked as a Commercialization Analyst at a technology transfer consulting firm in Providence. Currently a third year law...

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Embracing Opportunities

Posted by Elizabeth Blank on 09/25/2012 at 01:23 PM

Forecasting ahead on my first day as a 1L, the whole law school marathon felt like it was going to be a long and arduous gauntlet. However, the first year of law school quickly rolled into summer classes, and for those of us that took the summer Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, left us with only a few days before 2L classes started.

On my first day back as an official 2L, I could not help reflecting on all I had accomplished and a nagging pang of regret about pushed aside opportunities. The feeling was fleeting. With all the announcements of new boards sent out during the first week of classes, I realized that many opportunities had passed by me while I had my 1L marathon "blinders" on, narrowly focused on just coping with class.

My law school trek was far from limited to the expected participation in law review or moot court. Nonetheless, with one third of this experience complete, there is still a considerable amount of time to take advantage of the many, many opportunities still on the horizon. No sooner did I come to this conclusion did I open my sights to how many opportunities were available. In the first week of school, my email box was full of group position openings, upcoming clinic and externship information sessions, and internship opportunities.

Now, the sobering experience is not regretting the opportunities I chose not to pursue, but trying to take advantage of as many of these opportunities within a few short months. It is only the fall and I am already struggling to figure out how to fit in potential classes, participating in a clinic and an externship. Striving to be fully immersed, outside of the classroom, has proved to be challenging, but well worth the effort.

The bottom line is that although law school is a marathon; throw your "blinders" aside to embrace all that the School of Law has to offer.