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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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Wow, 1L classes are over

Posted by Peter Eraca on 04/29/2010 at 08:39 PM

It is hard to believe that the Class of 2012 was attending orientation only 9 months ago, although it seems as though it were 9 weeks or 9 days ago. We have spent a great deal of time learning points of law, sweating through the Socratic method, and fielding one set of exams (not to mention legal writing assignments). Throughout this process we have also made lots of friends, and had excellent times with one another.

Even with the exuberance of being finished with classes, there are still two hurdles looming to the summer, final exams and the law review competition. As with last semester, and I’m sure as it will be for the 4 following, exams are the most stressful time where we attempt to boil down 15 weeks worth of lectures, cases and notes into a 2, 3 or 5 hour examination to prove ourselves. I firmly believe that it will never get easier, just simply less daunting.

Interspersed with studying we all have the duty and ability to register for our classes, this our opportunity to begin defining our legal careers through electives we hope to take. Rising 2Ls register after 3Ls and we all have different random times for our "registration priority." Regardless we have a nice selection of "bar recommended" classes as well as other electives, advanced methods courses, perspectives seminars, etc…

For those who can muster more energy after the marathon of exams, awaits the law review competition. Law Review is probably the most coveted line to have on your resume going into the legal profession. While grades are a factor (1/2 to be exact), a writing exam is mandatory to be considered for membership on Law Review. This competition begins the afternoon of our last final and continues for a week, so, regardless of how you do academically, everyone has a chance at membership.

Regardless, this is the time of the semester where we look forward to some relaxation, attaining legal experience over the summer, and enjoying our forgotten friends and family. For now, it is time to focus on our exams!