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Hi everyone! My name is Kasey Doeing, and I am a current 1L from Buffalo, NY. I am a 2013 graduate of Nazareth College where I received my BA in History. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a lawyer, so I am very excited to be spending my three years of law school at Roger Williams...

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Striking a Balance

Posted by Kasey Doeing on 09/26/2013 at 11:59 AM

When my family and friends found out I was going to law school, advice began flooding in from everywhere!  Advice regarding study groups, active reading tips, and time management skills were among the favorites of my nearest and dearest.  But the advice I really wish I had gotten before taking the plunge?  Remembering to relax.

While it is undoubtedly true that law school is a full time job, sometimes watching a movie and grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend is just fine!  During my first month of law school, I spent the majority of my time with my casebooks, finding that I had little time for much else.  At about Week 5, one of my good friends told me I looked like I hadn’t slept in some time, which was true, and that I really should consider taking a night off from studying.  A night off?  Was she serious?  Since I valued her opinion, I decided to take a night to go for a walk in downtown Bristol and take in the sights.  Let me tell you, that was one of the best evenings of my life!  The next day I found I had more energy and was reading more in less time.

Law school and the “law school experience” are all about creating a balanced schedule for you.  In the beginning, I was spending entirely too much time focused on school which created gaps in other areas of my life.  Since receiving advice from a friend, I find I have more energy and am actually enjoying law school more! Who would have guessed?

As you begin your law school adventure I am sure you will be getting information from a variety of different sources.  But just remember, law school is about the whole experience, and let’s face it, you can’t see the Bay too well from the library!