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My name is Hala Furst, and I am a 3L. Before coming to Roger Williams I received a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota. In the three years between graduating from college and arriving here in Bristol, RI, I worked as a hotel concierge for a luxury brand, a loan officer and mortgage...



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Posted by Hala Furst
04/25/2008 at 12:00 AM
Exams are back. Meh. I just can’t get that excited about them. I don’t know why I’m lacking the requisite fear, I really have no right to be this calm. Maybe I’m just fooling myself, staving off the panic. Or maybe it’s that I’ve done this once before, and I survived, so I know I’ll be ok. Which is not to say I’ll do well, just that I might not die on the inside. Personally, I think most of it has to do with the fact that Spring has come to Lil’ Rhody, and it is BEAUTIFUL outside. Blue, cloudless skies, lush, green grass, sparkling, navy blue water, a light, refreshing breeze that carries...
Posted by Hala Furst
04/13/2008 at 12:00 AM
That might be an overstatement (especially since it was penned in memory of people who had given their lives for this country), but it is the final push before finals. If last semester was all about learning to stay above water, this semester was about swimming for shore, and rapidly. I haven’t been studying as hard as I did last semester because, like everyone in the first year, I’ve been hustling, hustling for summer placements, jobs, internships, classes for the summer and next year, and figuring out which way we want our careers to go over the next two years. We’ve been attending lectures...
Posted by Hala Furst
03/26/2008 at 12:00 AM
So, Spring Break wasn’t much of a break, since I and six of my colleagues were working with the Mississippi Center for Justice on the Gulf Coast. However, it was incredibly energizing and exciting in that “fire in your belly” sort of way. It reminded me of why I had come to law school, and showed me that helping people with a law degree really is possible. I can’t say enough good things about the people of North Gulfport, where I was working, going door to door telling community members about a container port that was supposed to be built on 70 acres of wetlands, just 100 feet from their...
Posted by Hala Furst
03/06/2008 at 01:00 AM
Remember the feeling you had the last week of school before graduation when you were a high school senior? At my school, we all took our finals earlier in the month, so we had literally nothing to do, or if we did, we didn’t care. I believe they call it senioritis. Anyway, that’s the feeling that is wafting through the 1Ls classrooms on this, the week before Spring Break. And understandably so. Last week we had our 18 page appellate brief first submission due, and it was a doozie. If you thought the memo was bad, this is it’s older brother, and it will not only take your lunch money, if will...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/19/2008 at 01:00 AM
I have literally no idea what the undergrads that live below me are doing right now. It sounds like a steel cage match in which one of the participants is a dead orangutan, and the other may or may not be a giant steamer trunk. They are making the walls shake, and I am beginning to fear the house might fall down around me- it is, after all, over two CENTURIES old. At least this isn’t as bad as the time I was awoken in the wee hours of the morning before my Torts final to hear Mariah Carrey’s rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is You” on repeat for at least and hour and a half, at a volume...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/13/2008 at 01:00 AM
Yesterday morning I stood up in front of a room full of my peers and was able to say “Mr. Chief Justice, I have a question.” It was awesome. John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court held a question and answer session for students and faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law yesterday morning. I was one of the lucky few who won the lottery to attend, and one of the even luckier few who got to pose a question to the Chief. He was an amiable man, and very open to our questions, if exceedingly careful in his answers . I didn’t agree with much of what he said,...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/07/2008 at 01:00 AM
The days are just flying by here at Roger Williams University School of Law. Already we are firmly in our second month back, and already I am starting to feel a wee bit overwhelmed. It was supposed to get easier, folks. We have a semester under our belts. It was supposed to be old hat by now. I was supposed to have all the answers and be exceedingly, obnoxiously, almost irrationally intelligent. That didn’t happen. I was sitting in class today, trying to wrap my mind around supplemental jurisdiction, and I realized quite abruptly that I was not that smart, and that Civil Procedure would in...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/02/2008 at 01:00 AM
I have several things I want to share with you in this post, so we’re going to go with my ever-popular list format: 1. Grades are all in, at least for the 1Ls. Some were good, some were bad, all were nerve-wracking. I did pretty well for the amount of work and time I put into things, so I’m pretty happy. I’m not going to talk about grades anymore though, because I think we have all heard enough at this point. Suffice it to say to people looking to come to law school: you will get grades. They will be a reflection of how much time you put into the enterprise + innate ability + dumb luck + how...
Posted by Hala Furst
01/13/2008 at 01:00 AM
You will learn in school that a person who represents themselves has a fool for a client. While this may, and does, hold true in the courtroom or across the boardroom table, it does not hold true in the classroom or in the quiet reflective moments right before you go to sleep when your darkest fears come a-callin’. It is very easy in law school to get sucked into the vortex of other people’s advice, opinions, successes and failures. There is a constant barrage of new opportunities and challenges (professional and personal), and just walking through the cafeteria on your way outside you’ll...
Posted by Hala Furst
12/27/2007 at 01:00 AM
As I sit here in Miami Beach, typing with one hand and a Mojito in another, I find it hard to believe I just finished my first semester of law school. The snow covered harbor of Bristol, RI seems so very far away, and as well it should. I needed this break; we all needed this break. This has definitely been the most rigorous semester of my life, but also one of the happiest. I’ve made great new friends, had countless interesting conversations, and more than my fair share of fun (some other 1L is out there going “where is my share of fun? Ms. Furst must have taken it...!"). Even still, and to...