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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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We’re 3Ls. When did that happen? And how do we make it stop?

Posted by Regina Curran on 08/30/2009 at 12:00 AM

After 20 years of formal education I am in disbelief that this is the last year. In 9 short months I am going to put on a robe and funny hat, walk across a stage, and finally have that JD behind my name! In the meantime there are classes, job searching, and bar applications. Classes started last week and already I can tell that 3L year is going to be quite different than the last two.

First difference: the job search. My friends and I are already experiencing a variety of differences on this front. One friend has accepted an offer to work at a firm in DC after graduating. My roommate will be pursuing the joint degree in Marine Affairs through URI and thus will be taking classes until December 2010. Other friends are participating in on-campus interviews, applying for clerkships, or desperately trying not to think about any of it. I am taking a bit of a different approach. I’ve decided to take the bar in North Carolina. This decision alone has been a huge relief. However it doesn’t take care of that pesky getting a job part. Along with moving to a new region I’ve also decided to pursue a bit of a different career path. I am planning on working in higher education administration. That is of course as long as someone out there plans on hiring me to do so. It might be a bit outside of the box, but I’ve known a few lawyers who took the same path and I’m looking forward to the possibilities. This decision also means I won’t start my job search until the spring. Trying to remain calm while most people around me are already interviewing and hearing back from potential employers is going to be a task, but after 2 years of law school I think I’m up for it.

Second difference: classes. After taking 6 credits of summer school I have the luxury of having a lighter course load this year than either 1L or 2L year. While it is very nice to have this “break” I think the challenge will be remaining focused. I am one of those people who needs to be busy in order to be productive. If we have that in common then law school will definitely be good for you, it is probably the busiest you will ever be as a student. I think difference number three will help keep me busy…

Third difference: bar applications. I say applications because a lot of people in New England take 2 bars. Many of my friends will be taking RI and MA. Many other peers will take any combination of MA, CT, RI, NY, etc… I will be taking one, North Carolina. That said, I’m starting to think the Character and Fitness portion of the application will be a full time job in itself. I have already begun the task of making a list of every employer I’ve had since the age of 18 (there have been many). As well as every address I’ve had since 18 (a lot here too). If law school is in your future I recommend starting to keep track of these things now. For the life of me I can’t remember the number of the apartment I lived in my sophomore year in college.

So far this is what 3L year is shaping up to be. Then graduation and the bar. Then someone will trust my friends and I with problems that are very important to them. I’m hoping time will slow down this year and I’ll have a chance to take it all it, but somehow I doubt that will be the case. More updates to come as the year rolls on.