When you graduate from law school, you do so in regalia. Regalia, in turns out, means a long black robe with purple velvet panels, a "hood", which is actually more of a cape, covered in the colors of your school (blue and gold, in RWU's case), and a tam. A tam is a black velvet, wide, UFO-like hat with an affixed golden tassel. While the point may be for us to look dignified, I find it impossible to believe that the result of tam and robe-wearing will be anything less than a bunch of ludicrous, Facebook-worthy photos.
This is truly hard to believe...on Monday at 4pm I will be done attending classes for the foreseeable future. Despite taking some time off between undergrad and law school this is the first time I will finish a year of school with no set plans to start again. It is both exciting and overwhelming. In the next month I will submit my graduation writing requirement paper, take a few finals, pack up my apartment, start my bar prep classes, GRADUATE, and move my stuff to a new state! Whew, I'm tired just thinking about it.
I remember back to the days where I didn't know what being a law student actually entailed. I was so excited about everything. The new way of learning, the new material, the new professors; meeting my new classmates - basically I was excited about anything and everything that had to do with being in law school. (You can ask anyone that knows me about how much of a geek I was - I even read "How to Succeed in Law School" books while vacationing in Greece the summer before my 1L year.)
I am supposed to be getting a midterm paper back today. I have a million things to do (nevermind the fact my Spring Break started at 10:15 this morning), but I am sitting at my computer obsessed with checking TWEN every five minutes to see if my corrected paper has been returned yet. Why am I this compulsive when it comes to grades? I am not a very patient person when it comes to results - I like to know exactly where I stand as soon as possible. However, I keep trying to rationalize with myself that it will come in when it comes in. Checking the site every fiv
It's nearly May and you know what that means: the school year is almost over. Around this time, I generally, without thinking about it, reflect on the year I've had, but this year I honestly can't remember anything about first semester. It's almost as though it never happened, but, according to my transcripts, it did. I've been in post-secondary education for the last 6 years and, I guess, the longer I'm here the quicker it seems to go.
Got a Mac? If you do, there are several blogs on using Macs in the practice of law. Two popular ones are Mac Law Students and the Mac Lawyer. These blogs, like other legal technology blogs, are great resources for news and product reviews on soon-to-be released hardware and software for the Mac computer and other Apple products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. The Mac Law Students blog has lots of information for trouble shooting problems and using your Mac computer more effici
One of the most important decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States so far this term is Padilla v.
The LLRX.com web journal is an excellent resource for articles and guides on legal research and technology used in the practice of law. Contributions are by law librarians and lawyers. New content is added monthly. Guides for researching foreign and comparative law are included in addition to those for U.S. law.
It is generally recognized that there are two student organizations that represent the pinnacle of accomplishment for law students, the law review and the moot court board. Both of these venerable institutions use rigorous screening to select membership from students in their second year, and then there is another round of vetting for selecting the leadership. Another key group, one that represents all students, is the Student Bar Association (SBA). Below is the “management” for the Roger Williams University Law Review, the Roger Williams Moot Court Board, and the
This week Professor Ruskell and Dean Lalli held an information for 1Ls and 2Ls about preparing for the bar exam and what it was all about. It was extremely informative to hear about the differences in manner different states administer the bar exam and paying for both prep classes, living and the admissions itself. It is a nice feeling to know that our administrators are already concerned about us being prepared to take the next step in accessing our chosen career
I guess law school is only the penultimate step in becoming an attorney, because that isn't stressful enough. :-)