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My name is Brendan and I am a 2L originally from Foxboro, MA (you may have heard of us...the Patriots play here). I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History. As an undergrad I was a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha, serving as Vice...

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A storm is brewing...

Posted by Brendan Schlander on 11/04/2011 at 01:59 PM

...and I am not talking about the October nor'easter. November for a 1L is a complete whirlwind, and I think that, along with my classmates, I will have a lot to be thankful for about 3 weeks after Thanksgiving. First of all, if anyone is interested in doing a psychological study, they could find an incredibly fascinating focus group if they polled 1L's the weekend before our first memo submission was due. The neurosis was palpable and entertaining. On top of that, all of our doctrinal professors are dropping not so subtle hints about finals and how fast they are approaching. Each of the 1L sections had a midterm in various classes in order to prepare us for a law school test-taking environment. The exams can only help our final grade however, as one may expect, the majority of students acted as if it was the bar exam despite our professor's pleas not to. Now, the focus has turned to outlining for finals (turning our massive amount of class notes into a slightly more organized, equally massive study guide) and attempting to do research for the final submission of our Legal Methods memo. Hovering above all of that is the brewing storm that nobody seems to be talking about but everyone is thinking about...summer jobs. Luckily, I discovered the best tool to use in this particular process early in the game...networking. After meeting a Special Assistant to the RI Attorney General/RWU Law grad, I managed to secure an internship this summer working for him in the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office. It doesn't pay monetarily speaking, however I can only begin to imagine how valuable the experience is going to end up being.