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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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Posted by Melanie Shapiro
02/02/2012 at 06:10 PM
It has been a long time since I last posted. I’m in my third year and it’s busy, busy, busy! In the fall, I returned to the Immigration Clinic and took 7 classes, while also doing my writing requirement paper. (Word of advice to first and second year students: get your writing requirement over with ASAP).    This is my last semester of law school and it feels surreal! These three years have been so short and so long at the same time. Every day has been jampacked, but when you’re busy, time flies!    So now about what I want to do with the rest of my life... The Immigration...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
07/05/2011 at 10:59 AM
                A lot has happened since the last time that I blogged. I finished my second year of law school and had a great spring semester. I was in the Immigration Clinic and it was by far the best experience of my law school career. It’s important to understand black letter law, but what really matters are practical lawyering skills.  It’s one thing to sit down and apply law to a fact pattern on an exam, but when someone’s life is on the line, it makes everything learned in law school real. Once a law...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
12/28/2010 at 10:23 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...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
10/18/2010 at 08:53 AM
It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog, and what better time then the end of a long Sunday of work when I’m too tired to keep reading, but not to blog?  Second year sure is busy, but I’m enjoying it all!  This year you can choose some electives.  The required courses for the fall are Constitutional Law and Evidence.  My electives are Immigration, Legislative Drafting and Wills & Trusts.  I find the substance of these courses pretty interesting and I feel lucky to have such top-notch engaging faculty teaching me. This time of year is also very busy because I’m...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
07/15/2010 at 02:52 PM
In less than a month I will be gearing up for my second year of law school.  I cannot believe how time has gone by and how weird it is to me that I’m starting 2L.  Stranger yet, I can’t imagine how it will feel to see so many new faces in August and watch them embark on the epic journey of 1L year, a time both vivid and seems long ago.  To the incoming 1Ls: Welcome, I look forward to meeting you all, feel free to ask questions, and enjoy the rest of your summer! My summer internship has been challenging and rewarding- an adventure at the least.  What I have learned has...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
06/10/2010 at 12:48 PM
The marathon of the first year of law school has come to an end.  The end of the year was a test of endurance and focus, with a five-hour property exam and the law review competition immediately after our torts final, at a time when continuing onward seemed impossible. If I don’t make law review, I am still pleased with myself for finding the inner strength to pull through at the end of a week in total isolation with the enormous packet of information-- shooting in the dark and hoping for something coherent, precise, and maybe special.  Law review competition has ended, and I am...