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Hello! My name is Jolee Messier and I just finished my 1L year at RWU School of Law. I am originally from Dartmouth, MA, and I graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, MA with a double major in U.S. History and Criminology. In undergrad, I spent a semester abroad at the University of...

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London Calling!

Posted by Jolee Messier on 06/22/2010 at 12:09 PM

I finally have internet access to post a blog- hooray!  I have so much to write about the past week and a half so here it goes...  I arrived in London last Sunday.  It was quite difficult getting from the airport to our dorm on the tube because I had so much luggage and there were way too many stairs on the London Underground!  I was so grateful to finally make it to our dorm at Ramsay Hall of the University College London.  Our dorm is on a busy street in the center of London with lots of restaurants and shops.  We all have single rooms, which is pretty nice.  They also serve a pretty decent English breakfast here every morning.  My biggest complaint would be the showers.  You have to push a button for the water to come on for 30 seconds. Then, the water shuts off and you have to keep pushing the button over and over again.  It definitely makes you take a quicker shower than normal!  All in all, Ramsay Hall isn't so bad and we don't spend very much time here anyway!

On Sunday night Professor Webster had a short meeting with all the students and then took us out to a local pub called The Court.  I had my first Snakebite (black currant juice, Strongbow cider, and Carling ale) which is delicious!  We had a great time chatting and watching the World Cup.

On Monday we began our class with Professor Webster.  Our class was held in the Inner Temple--one of the four Inns of Court in London.  Our classroom was absolutely beautiful!  I felt so lucky to be sipping tea and listening to Professor Webster's engaging and entertaining lectures about the English court system in such a beautiful setting.

On Wednesday night, Professor Webster organized a cocktail reception at the Inner Temple with several barristers and clerks.  It was wonderful to speak to the guests about their professions and be able to ask anything we wanted.  After the reception, the clerks took a bunch of us out to a nearby club and nightclub. The clerks certainly know how to have a good time!

Our class with Professor Webster ended on Thursday, so for the long weekend I went to Paris with my boyfriend.  It was a short and easy 2.5 hour train ride from London to Paris.  We saw all the amazing sites in Paris including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees, Versailles and more.  It was an amazing trip!

Yesterday, we started our internships.  I am lucky enough to be marshalling for His Honour Judge Timothy King at the Snaresbrook Crown Court.  Judge King is a wonderful, kind, and entertaining man.  In only two days as his marshall, I have already learned so much and I am so appreciative of this experience.  Judge King lets me sit next to him up on the bench during court.  He also lets me accompany him back to his chambers during breaks.  He is kind enough to answer any and all of my silly questions.  I just came back from my second day at court and I am excited to go back tomorrow!

I have tons of pictures to post up on here, but I figured I should post a blog entry first.  Stay tuned for more blog posts and some pictures now that I finally have the Internet.  Cheerio!