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Heather O’Connor is a 3L. After a seven year marriage and three kids, Heather went through a divorce that left her questioning what to do with her life. She decided to become an attorney and has never looked back since beginning the long journey. She entered a local community college after...

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My Christmas Break and Setting up Tours

Posted by Heather O'Connor on 01/10/2011 at 07:21 AM

My Christmas break has been wonderful so far.  I have spent a lot of time relaxing, spending time with my kids and family, and getting my house back in order (although with kids, that doesn't last very long!)  I have also been cooking a lot more lately, which is a nice change to frozen food. 

Today, I am leaving my parents house (the kids and I have stayed here for the past four days) and heading home.  It's always nice to get away, but I usually enjoy my return home.  We are meeting up with a friend of mine that I haven't seen in a long time and then who knows what else we are doing.  I got the kids Xbox 360 Kinect and I like it just as much as they do.  Maybe with that around, I'll actually get some exercise even if I don't make it to the gym. 

Also over break, I have been able to try to catch up on a lot of the appointments I have pushed back while school is in session.  I have gotten two of my wisdom teeth removed, and I went to the eye doctor to get my eyes checked.  I thought my eye sight had gotten significantly worse because everything has been blurry lately, but it turns out that I have developed a slight stigmatism over the past year and a half.  Lesson to pass on - if you wear contacts, make sure that during law school, you use your glasses as much as possible.  I was over wearing my contacts (mainly because I lost my glasses and didn't have the time to go get another pair) and it was not very good for my eyes.  So next semester, I'm turning into a genuine nerd and will be wearing my glasses much more often. lol

My goal of reading through a few horn books for some of the areas of law that will likely be on the bar went out the window.  I'm torn here though.  Part of me feels as though I should get a head start on studying, especially for classes I didn't take, but the other part of me knows how hard studying for the bar is going to be and wants to just take these last two weeks to relax as much as possible before I jump back into next semester. 

Anyway, for those of you who are reading this blog because you're trying to decide whether RWU Law is the right school for you, come visit while the semester is in session.  That can be difficult, especially if you are getting ready to graduate yourself, but it really is the best time to come to get a feel for how this school really is.  You can come get a tour from one of the students and ask any questions you want about our law school or about going to law school in general.  While here, you should also definitely plan on sitting in on a first year class.  First year classes during the second semester consist of Torts, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Property, and Legal Methods (the writing course).  If you are more interested in one area, you can call to set up a tour and tell the secretary what course you want to sit in on.  This school is great at doing what they can to help you, so don't be afraid to ask. 

You can also ask the secretary to try to match you up with a tour guide that has similarities to you, either with your life situation (aka - you have kids and want to know how law school is while being a mom/dad, you might get me lol), or if there is a certain area of law that you are interested in, you can ask for a tour guide that has the same interests so you can find out from someone going through the process how the school is set up to help you learn about that area. The tour guides are all students with different schedules and responsibilities, so a lot of whether the administration will be able to meet what you want in a tour guide will depend on who is available when.  However, it never hurts to ask, and even if that person can't spend the whole time giving you a tour, he or she may be able to take 15-20 minutes to sit down over a cup of coffee and answer any of those special questions.  The best thing to do is ask though - you'll find that the administration at RWU Law really wants you to get the most out of your time here, even if it is just for your initial tour and will go out of their way to do what they can to make it the best experience for you.  And as a third year law student, I can honestly say that doesn't change whether you are just looking at the school, whether you are in your first year, or whether you will be graduating in just a few months.  What I love about this school is that the school hasn't lost sight of the fact that it is the students that really help to make this school what it is and what it is becoming. 

Welcome to RWU!