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I am a 3L, originally from Watchung, NJ. I received my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Rhode Island where I completed the honor’s program and majored in Women’s Studies. My senior thesis was titled “Sex Trafficking and Decriminalized Prostitution in Rhode Island.” I served as the co-...

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Winter Break, Finally

Posted by Melanie Shapiro on 12/28/2010 at 09:23 AM


The stress of exams is over.  The stress, though fun, of cleaning the house and hosting Christmas is over.  Taking down the ornaments and the Christmas tree couldn’t be a better metaphor of my much-needed decompression following finals.


Law school exams are really a pain.  They are stressful. Unless you have a midterm or intermittent assignments, your entire grade rests on one final exam at the end of the semester.  I had one take home that took me 12 hours, another 8 hour timed take home exam, and 3 in-class 3 hour exams.  And now we wait until January 4 at the earliest to find out the results.  Congrats to the 1Ls for surviving their first semester and the legal memo.


So far this break, I have spent a lot of time during the day reading. What’s different about that than the constant reading during the semester? This is for F.U.N. And my idea of fun? A variety of law-related books and now I’m finally reading the “Millennium Series” (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest).  It is hard to find time during semesters to read what you want, so this is a great time to catch up on fun reading and figure out what you are doing for the summer.


What is certain is what I will be doing in the spring.  I’m very excited to be participating in the Immigration Clinic, one of three clinics (the other two are Mediation and Criminal Defense) where students can gain hands on experience working with and representing clients.  Clinics are a great way to help the student transition into attorney.  I’m looking forward to gaining practical experience.  My courses will be Con Law II, Family Law, Genocide and Atrocity Crimes, and Professional Responsibility.


I hope everyone is enjoying their break and getting some rest.