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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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"Two Outta Three ain't Bad."

Posted by Peter Eraca on 05/20/2011 at 03:43 PM

Well, it is that time of year again. People are dressing up in funny looking “Harry Potter”-type garments and looking to the bar, while others are looking to summer internships and/or classes. For me and the rest of the class of 2012, we are looking forward to our concluding year of law school. As a friend and fellow classmate of mine, Justin Touhey, told me recently “two out of three ain’t bad,” reminiscing over another classic 1980’s anthem from Meatloaf. While it isn’t as upbeat and loud as Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” from earlier this semester, I find the end of an academic year to be both contemplative and celebratory at the same time.

Unfortunately for me, the Meat Loaf anthem is about lost love, and not parallel to the ending of an academic year, outside of simply asserting that “two out of three ain’t bad”. I think translating the title’s applicability to a person who has finished two out of three years of law school is doing a disservice to my readers, so I will leave it there.

As I’m looking forward to a busy summer of both work and classes, I am looking forward to the challenges of the summer and 3L, while at the same time looking back to a very busy and difficult 2L year. The old adage about the second year, that they “work you to death” was definitely true for me, particularly this semester. However, while this was difficult and busy, I challenged myself academically as well as physically as I made a consistent effort to going to the gym and staying active despite of taking very rigorous coursework. I have found that in order to get the most possible out of life, and consequently law school, one cannot shy away from challenges even if the payoff from moving away from the challenges is an “easy ‘A’.”

While I cannot promise that I will write this summer, though I will put a good faith effort to remember to, I would like to conclude my 2L year with a mildly overused quote by a great American poet,

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

I cannot guarantee that I will move from 80s music to literature next year, but I have a feeling I will begin my next blog with some thoughts of my own that resonate with Mr. Frost’s timeless lines.