The Law Alumni Association’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Cranston Country Club is in the books and it was another terrific event. The heat and humidity did not stop alumni, faculty, staff, and friends from taking part in a fun day that included golf, (way too much) great food and drink, prizes, a raffle, and a silent auction. The winners of the “best ball” competition were P.K.
Walking back into school after being away a few months is strange-- there are familiar faces, and the building itself looks the same, but something feels different. Maybe I’m different. Maybe it has something to do with knowing what to expect, and being a little more ready for it this year than last year. It’s definitely good to be back.
The Class of 2012 has arrived at RWU Law, and it is the largest, and has the best credentials, in our history. This is not surprising because we were swamped with applications (up 21% over last year). I want to share with you some information about this talented group of future attorneys as described by our terrific Assistant Dean for Admissions, Michael Boylen, in his welcome address.
Westlaw training sessions will be held September 8 through September 11. All Westlaw training sessions are in the Main Computer Lab
Introductory LexisNexis training sessions for half of the 1L class will be conducted September 9 through September 11 in the Training Lab (adjacent to the Reference Desk) with the remaining 1L class receiving training on September 16 and September 17 in the Main Computer Lab.
Advanced LexisNexis training sessions for the 1Ls will be held in the Main Computer Lab on September 23, September 24 and September 25.
So begins my last year of law school, and quicker than I thought I could remember them, my old habits are back. I have once again become a slave to the little white box that houses every document of importance in my life, typing away on the third floor into the wee hours, so late and so alone that the lights shut off and I have to flail my arms wildly in an attempt to get the motion sensor to pay attention to me. This time it is not schoolwork but the post-grad job search that motivates me.
And so it begins, the 2L year… no longer a newbie, not yet a JD… the beginning of any academic year brings with it a sense of new opportunities, a chance to prove yourself in the context of new classes, with new professors and fellow students, and to redeem yourself with familiar faces, with whom you toiled through 1L year.
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.
As students return to RWU for the beginning of fall classes, I thought I would provide snapshots of a couple of rising 3Ls who had unique summer experiences….
The LexisNexis and Westlaw printers were recently moved from the Main Computer Lab and the Training Lab (formerly Training Lab 1) to the new Library Print Center (formerly Training Lab 2). Printing from LexisNexis and Westlaw is still free!
Over the last 6 years RWU Law has been an active participant in shaping both the present and the future of law school admissions through service to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). While LSAC is best known for administering the LSAT, it is a non-profit organization that governs much of the legal admissions process in the United States, Canada, and Australia (and soon India and China!). We are proud that LSAC has appointed three of our own to prestigious posts.