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Heather O’Connor is a 3L. After a seven year marriage and three kids, Heather went through a divorce that left her questioning what to do with her life. She decided to become an attorney and has never looked back since beginning the long journey. She entered a local community college after...



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Posted by Heather O'Connor
07/25/2010 at 11:12 AM
There are only a few days left in July. This pretty much means that my summer is almost over. I have two weeks left of my internship, two weeks left until school committee and organization meetings start up, and only three more weeks until training for the criminal defense clinic and my other classes begin. However, as fast as it has flown by, this summer has been really great. I have been interning with the RI Attorney General’s Office in the Juvenile Prosecution Division as a Rule Nine. This means I get to actually argue in court. When I first accepted the internship, I was very concerned...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
05/13/2010 at 08:41 AM
This has been my busiest semester yet as far as exam taking goes.  I've taken five finals so far and I have one left to go.  And then, that's it - my 2L year is over. I remember the welcome to high school speech that was presented to me and my class as 9th graders, entering the big, grown up world of high school.  The principal stood before me and informed me that these next four years would be over before I knew it.  Well, that was true.  And as I entered each level of higher education, I was told the same thing in the welcome speeches, "Enjoy your time here because...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
05/05/2010 at 07:44 AM
Well, that dreaded time of the semester (finals) has come once again.  This is off topic for this entry, but I hate finals.  I'll write more on why another time, and will just summarize by stating finals are a law student's living hell.  It's a time of constant studying, stress, and feeling like you're drowning.  Having three kids to take care of on top of studying for six finals is, ohhh . . . a little challenging. With that said . . . My oldest son, TJ, came home from school yesterday and told me they were discussing Mother's Day in his class.  He said his teacher...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
04/23/2010 at 10:23 AM
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.) Boy, those were the days.  The days where I was blissfully ignorant of the way being a...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
04/23/2010 at 10:18 AM
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 five...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
03/31/2010 at 12:12 PM
First year you have no choice as to what classes you take or what your schedule will be like.  You will be assigned to one of three sections.  The people in this section will be your classmates, in every class, for the rest of the year.  So make friends.  These are the people you will need to rely on if you miss class and need notes, have questions about an assignment, or just want to talk something out.  The great thing about the students at this school is that the majority of the other students are willing to help you out in these instances.  It's not so...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
03/12/2010 at 01:48 PM
How do you know if you’re doing the right thing?  Although this seems to be the main question of being in law school regarding so many issues, I am asking it in another realm. I have three kids.  I am divorced, so although my ex gets visitation, I generally raise them on my own.  I knew I was taking a giant leap when I went back to school after my divorce, but figured it would be the best thing for my family in the long run, even if it made things more difficult presently.  Undergrad was a change, but it wasn’t too bad.  I put my youngest into preschool rather than...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
03/12/2010 at 01:44 PM
I remember when I started law school there was all this talk about study groups. Topics discussed were how to start one, how to organize your time during the study group, what to do if you’re not all your members aren’t on the same page, etc. I don’t really remember the issue coming up of whether or not you should even join a study group. It just seemed to be how you study in law school and what you should do. I watched as other students formed their study groups and began plunging into the typical law school study format. However, I did not feel as though a study group was for me. There...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/18/2010 at 11:13 AM
This past week was a very, very long week.  There’s a study somewhere that states Roger William School of Law Students have earned the ranking of one of the highest, if not the highest score, regarding how many hours per day a student here studies.  Please don’t ask me where I read this study right now because it is 10:30 on a Sunday night and I think I put in over 35 hours of studying this weekend alone.  I’m tired.  But I remember reading the results and wondering why we earned this particular title.  Are the students here more competitive?  Did the school...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/12/2010 at 01:39 PM
Since the day I turned 18, I couldn’t wait to be called for Jury Duty.  In 1999, the day finally came.  I received my little Juror’s Card in the mail informing me I had been selected to serve.  I felt as though I had just won the lottery!  I had been SELECTED!!!  (No calling me dork or any of the other names you’re thinking in your head right now.)  There was one problem though.  The date I was scheduled to serve was very soon after my second child’s due date.  I could have checked that little box that claimed I wanted to reschedule, but nope, I was...