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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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Oh, we’re half way there…

Posted by Regina Curran on 02/10/2009 at 12:00 AM

As of December 19th I, along with my fellow 2L’s, am now half way done with law school. My first response when someone reminds me I’m half way done is pure elation, at 25 I’m excited about the prospect of FINALLY being done with school. However my second response resembles something more like fear, school is all I know and finishing means making decisions about where to go from here. Seems like as good a time as any to (1) remember what brought me to law school in the first place and (2) figure out what to do next.

I came to law school after a brief (8 month) break from undergrad where I was a Sociology major. I came because I wanted to feel like I was a part of a profession that helped people; my favorite part about the law is the ability to impact someone daily. I focused on RWU because of its commitment to public interest law, but it occurs to me that I spent most of my first year focused on big firms and a big payoff. I spent last summer working in a couple of very successful firms in my home state of Texas.  It was a fabulous experience, I learned an incredible amount, but I spent most of this last semester feeling like something was missing. Then I took the Medical Legal Collaborative class with Prof. Liz Tobin-Tyler. The class focused poverty issues and how medical and legal professionals can work together to improve the lives of their clients. While I don’t think this class or this type of law is for everyone it definitely struck a cord with me. I started to remember what I really loved about law and refocus my goals.

While I don’t know that I will go directly into a specifically “public interest” type job I am starting to think outside the realm of major firms. Opening myself up to other options has been very freeing. I feel a lot more confident in my decision to move back south after I graduate and I feel like there are many more options for my career path. I sat down today to think about what classes I’d like to take over the next half of my law school career. The list has certainly changed from last year, but I’m excited about advanced evidence and advanced criminal procedure, more so than I ever thought I would be.

It is also interesting to think about the halfway point of my non-academic time in law school. Rhode Island feels more like home this year than last. After surviving this move of over 2000 miles, successfully I think, I feel pretty secure that I can move again in 18 months and be just fine. There are going to be some fun things happening around the school as well. I think SBA has held some pretty successful events this year and am looking forward to Barrister’s Ball (or as some call it, law prom). If the last 3 semesters has been any indication the next 3 are going to be quite the world wind, but by now I’m sure I’ll survive just fine.