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I am a 2L at Roger Williams University School of Law, and a recent graduate of Stonehill College, Class of 2008. I received my BA in Political Science, with a minor in Business Administration. I have served in the Mass. Army National Guard from 2000- Present, formerly as an Intelligence Analyst...

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Posted by Kelly Bennett
11/12/2009 at 12:00 AM
One major difference between 1L and 2L year is that you can really get a jump start on investigating internship opportunities.  It’s strange, but already there is rush to upload resumes, cover letters, and begin the application process for internships for the summer.  It’s only September!!! Well, I’m guilty of it too.  I figure there’s no better way to get starting that
Posted by Kelly Bennett
09/04/2009 at 11:00 PM
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.  It seems to me there has been a shift in the dynamic-- I am no longer the new kid on campus.  Suddenly, there are a ton of new students I don’t know, all scurrying around with that same, familiar deer-in-the-headlights look that I...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
08/29/2009 at 11:00 PM
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.  There’s a buzz in the air, excitement of having relinquished that 1L title, the pride of knowing we survived it, and are wiser now, at least to the extent that we know what to expect!  I’m ready for the new start-- Brand new highlighters eagerly await the...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
12/23/2008 at 12:00 AM
So it’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and now that exams are over, I can take a breath!  It’s hard to explain what exams are like, but I’ll do my best to give you an idea… It’s like running a marathon on an unfamiliar course, where you know you just have to keep going until you reach the end, but you’re not sure where the end it, or how to get there.  You prepare for the first exam, familiar with the material and the general format, but not at all certain what it will really look like, and how much information you’ll need to complete it.  Then there are the little stressors:...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
11/08/2008 at 12:00 AM
I can’t believe how quickly this semester is flying by!  Once the Memo was in, the catch up game began!  It is very easy to fall behind if you’re not careful.  It starts with missing the readings for a particular day, and snoballs into hours of catch up reading over the weekend.  Even if you “skim” the cases to get by in class, you still have to go back and read, brief, and make sure that you understand the material for exams.  Well, this is just the situation I am in!  The memo assignment kind of took over, and now I am realizing how out of shape my outlines are...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
10/19/2008 at 11:00 PM
This weekend was one of those weekends; that’s right, the things that law school legends are made of.  I’m pretty sure that I haven’t had anything more than coffee to drink for the last few days; anything I’ve eaten has been straight off of the “what not to eat” list of just about any diet book, and I’m still in the pajamas I wore to bed Friday night… so yes, it’s been one of those weekends. This weekend was the infamous weekend before the legal Memo is due.  The MEMO is the bain of all first year law students, that first assignment that leaves you racing against the clock while you...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
09/19/2008 at 11:00 PM
Orientation seems like it’s a million years away! In just a few short weeks, we’ve begun classes, made friends, and gotten waist deep in law school!  While professors remind us that we are in the “walk” phase, I’m a little out of breath!  Work in law school is very different than work in undergraduate courses:  it requires much more careful reading, thinking beyond the text, and asking the tough questions, like “what if” and “what does this mean?” Most of what we are doing is reading and briefing cases, and trying to come up with what the courts say the rule is when dealing...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
09/07/2008 at 11:00 PM
Orientation is over, and classes have gotten underway; but before I get into that, I’d like to tell you a little bit about orientation, and what you can expect. Orientation brings with it so many mixed emotions-- excitement that all the hard work of studying for and taking the LSAT, filling out applications, writing application essays, and figuring out what you want in a law school, have finally culminated in this moment; uncertainty about what law school will be like, if all the stories you’ve heard will prove true, whether everyone will be smarter than you, whether the work load will be too...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
08/27/2008 at 11:00 PM
Hi everyone, and welcome to Roger Williams Univeristy Law School’s admissions site!  As a potential or incoming student, you probably have a ton of questions about what to expect when you get to law school.  You are not alone!  I hope that I can fill you in on the joys and challenges of being a first year law student, and maybe answer some of your questions before you arrive. My name is Kelly Bennett, and I am a new law student at Roger Williams University School of Law in beautiful and historic Bristol, RI.  I received my BA in Political Science from Stonehill College in...