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I am a 3L originally from Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated from Binghamton University (SUNY) with my B.A. in 2005 and my M.A. in 2007 both in Political Science. I spent the 2 years between finishing my MA and deciding to go to law school as a Student Affairs Administrator and an Adjunct Professor...

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Law School and Bon Jovi

Posted by Peter Eraca on 03/11/2011 at 08:42 AM

As I sit here with Spring Break about to commence (mine has already started, since I don’t have classes on Fridays this term, but I’m in the library anyway) I have come to realize that I am now approximately half-way through the second semester of my 2L year. So, if my logic works correct I’m half-way past being half-way done? No? Ok, it was worth a shot and if you disagree, it’s my blog, so I’m allowed to make up benign things to amuse myself (trust me, you need to while in law school, regardless of where you go).

Anyway, at the end of last semester, everyone was quoting an epic and timeless Bon Jovi song from 1986 – a time when many people reading this blog were probably not even zygotes, but I digress. It got me thinking about where we are and where we were around that time, and while those thoughts come and go, being half-way through this semester, it seemed mildly appropriate to write about it.

As part of the epic line of the song, and the title, “Living on a Prayer” is rather telling. Many times in your first year you really do feel like you’re living on a prayer, that you won’t make it, whether through your memo, exams or appellate brief (the 1Ls are handing their first draft of their appellate brief in today, hence the stress level in the building is considerably less more pleasant). However, you can and will make it through the first year (ok, some people don’t, but that is inevitable and for the most part due to their own actions).

With the remainder of the line, “Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear”, it rather apt because you make it through, not only individually but also with the support of your fellow classmates (not to mention everyone who has done it will tell you that if you make it through 1L, you will graduate). If you think you will be successful in law school by being “cut-throat competitive” you will soon realize that while you may make it through, and while you might be successful, you will not be happy. One of the best ways to make it through law school is not only to have a support mechanism at home, but also in school with your peers. While many 1Ls will befriend upper-level students and many upper-level students will befriend 1Ls, you must have friends within your class year (remember the upper-level students will graduate before you will). These friends make law school not only more bearable, but also a lot of fun. Therefore, yes, in a manner of speaking, you take the hand of your classmates (as a metaphor) and you make it through together.

So, what is the moral of my ranting? First, that Bon Jovi has important life anthems and lessons that resonate throughout their music. Second, “Living on a Prayer”, while particularly apt as a theme for a party the end of 2L semester is applicable throughout law school (you also can use it anytime you’re half-way done with something big, or for just shouting at the top of your lungs at a bar, as well). Finally, and most importantly, 1980s hair-bands will never go away – and it is for this fact that I am truly grateful.