My name is Regina Curran, and I'm 3L. Before coming to Roger Williams I received my BA in Sociology from Texas A&M University. I am originally from both Texas and Oklahoma. I took a short time off after undergrad to work odd jobs, but ultimately knew I was headed for law school. Having...
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First, may I just say that I am in complete disbelief that it is already July! What happened to June?! For many of my friends June has been consumed by bar exam prep, for me I spent the month starting my first job. If you have read any of my past entries you may know that I am taken a somewhat nontraditional path and entered higher education. Due to starting work on June first I decided it was in my best interest to postpone the bar until February. This was certainly the right decision for me and as with the rest of law school I feel strongly that you have to figure out what works for you!
During the last month I have also been looking back at my notes and thinking about my three years of school. This is partly because I have had to pack and then unload books and notes that are extremely heavy! The other reason I've looked back is that I have friends starting law school this fall. It has been really fun to look at case briefs from my first semester and remember what it was all like then. If you are getting ready to start school in August I bet you think I'm crazy describing this as "fun", but you'll understand one day.
As I look back and speak with these friends I have just a couple pieces of advise:
1. BREATHE! Seriously, take a deep breath and calm yourself down just a little bit. The nervousness of your first year can be good if you use it to focus and drive you. Just don't let it consume you, plenty of others have gone before you and they are still alive and well, you will be too.
2. Your fellow 1Ls are no more the experts on law school than you. Many classmates will have heard this or that piece of advice about law school from siblings, parents, and friends. When it comes to this advice I think it's best to listen, process it, and then take it with a grain of salt. If it sounds crazy to you then it is probably something that won't work for you. If it sounds like a great idea then try it out, but recognize that you don't have to do anything they way anyone else does it.
3. Pay attention! Everything you need to know can be found somewhere. This even applies to little things like orientation...do you need to wear a suit for part of it? Find out, it's written somewhere. Not sure where to find your first assignment for class?! ASK! You will have "homework" before school starts, just because you don't know where to look doesn't mean you get a pass.
4. Surround yourself with people who support you. You will need these people, your first year involves many tough days and you will need people to remind you that you are smart and you can do this. This is especially important when you are looking for a study group, there are people in law school that can be supportive while still challenging you to think and do better, find these people!
This will be my last blog as I am moving into a new phase of my life. I wish you all the best of luck and thank you for indulging my thoughts for the past couple years. I truly loved my three years at RWU and know that it has prepared me for what is to come.