I grew up in Skokie, IL a suburb of Chicago. I loooooooove Chicago and still miss grabbing a hotdog in a poppy seed bun at Herm’s Palace and people who say “pop” instead of “soda.” I wince whenever someone pronounces Illinois as Illinoise…(shudder). As a teenager I moved to Rochester, NY and...
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Spring Break and other stuffles
Hello blog reading people!
It's been a few weeks since I've written and I wanted to have a chat. I thought about blogging last week but it was spring break and I needed some time away from anything related to school. I tried to work on school stuff 1x having gone to Panera for that purpose and ended up booking a spa massage over the web instead. I took this as a sign.
So tons of things have happened!
For those of you who aren't currently at RWU, beginning the first month or so of classes you start hearing about dates when you should start applying for summer internships. Internships are a big deal. Not only do they give you an actual taste of what this whole lawyer thing will be like but they are a great way to make contacts, get an idea of what area you are interested in practicing, and are of course resume builders. I disregarded the apply-by-dates at first because I was trying to figure out what the hell was going on in class. Around November I started popping in to the Career Center to have my resume reviewed (you should go it is super helpful and the counselors are great). I was on track and then some family stuff happened. So I had to apply beginning in January. Due to the family stuff I didn't really have it in me to do it before then. Now I am interested in Civil Rights so I applied exclusively to government internships. Bad news....so did everyone else. So no interviews from that. Most 1L internships are the same ones 2L's are going for and so obviously, common sense dictates that 2L's are more in demand.
However, I did get an interview with a legal publisher, a company my Mom has worked at for over 30 years. I was ecstatic. I seriously considered getting a job at Target this summer because bad news...almost all 1L internships are unpaid. Did I mention I have a horse?
So over break I went to my interview and hey good news-I know the company really well and since they are the parent company of Westlaw, am super familiar with their products. And I got the job!!! And it is PAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I cannot express how relieved I am. I am sure I would have found some sort of internship this summer but working for West I will get experience,better my research skills, and learn more law=WIN! So totally nerdy but enjoyable to me nonetheless, while reading over my contract for the internship I actually understood the meaning of all those clauses. Hi there clause circumventing Parol Evidence. What's that little clause allowing severability...
Anyway, the rest of break I lounged around. My boyfriend, who still lives in Rochester, took a few days off work and we were lazy and watched the NCAA tourney (his bracket was wrecked in the first round....I laughed), and also went hiking a few times because the weather was gorgeous! I even got to see some of my friends and spent some time with my Mom. I even read a couple books that were not school related. I think I may have gone on a binge. It may have been the most perfect break ever.
When Jack (my dog and co-pilot) and I came back I was super relaxed. Still, the first week back every professor mentioned we were now in the final weeks of class and that kind of brought me back to Earth. Which is why on a gorgeous, sunny Friday when we got out early because Civ Pro got cancelled, I'm in Starbucks working on my contracts outline. Typical. This week we also got back our property midterm. We took our midterm about a month ago so I think we were all a bit anxious about getting exams back. Last semester my section only had finals and I have to say I think I prefer it like that. Midterms are harder because you have to study while getting all your work done for the other classes too. At least finals you have time to study. Anyway, the damage wasn't too bad and I have a bit of confidence going into the last month. I stress the bit part. We handed in our initial submission of our Appellate Brief for Legal Methods before break so we still have to wait to get those back. In Fall your big LM grade is the legal memo and this semester it is the brief. Plus, in the next few weeks we have oral arguments. It seems bizarre that within 6 weeks I will be done with my first year of law school. A year ago I was in a completely different place. Very odd.
Alright, I could ramble on but my outline is peeking out at me and I don't think I can ignore the guilt any longer.