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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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The not so brief brief is finished! On to spring break!!

Posted by Peter Eraca on 03/12/2010 at 09:27 AM

As you may be aware, all 1Ls take a "legal methods" courts, essentially it is legal research and writing. The project for the spring semester is an appellate brief on some topic the LM faculty thinks up and gives us. The worst part about it is, it is the gatekeeper between you and spring break. Many students will stress for weeks on it, others won’t start even researching until the 11th hour. Now, my advice on the LM stuff, don’t wait to start, you’ll be sorry. It is virtually impossible, in my opinion, to churn out a "good" brief in 12 hours, beginning from scratch with no research done. This isn’t undergrad, you won’t get an "A" for effort.

Now, it seems like we shouldn’t get a spring break because we’re in grad school (or professional school, depending on who you talk to), but trust me, after the marathon that is the appellate brief AND trying to not fall behind in your other coursework, you need time to reenergize, reflect, and most importantly SLEEP.

What do law students do over spring break? Some people will travel, others stay in town, others decide to head back ti their respective hometowns for some downtime. I have decided to go with the third option, going back to my Poughkeepsie (New York – If you’ve never heard of it and want to know where it is, use google maps), spending time with my family and going on a couple of interviews for summer internships. If you’ve had your spring break already, I hope you enjoyed it; if not, keep churning away at your work, it will be here before you know it.