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Posted by Hala Furst
12/16/2007 at 12:00 AM
They don’t tell you this, but studying hurts. It seems unreasonable, that sitting in a chair staring at a book, or a computer for 16 hours a day could leave you sore and achy, but it does. My back hurts, my neck hurts, my face hurts. I’ve been grinding my teeth so hard I think I chipped one, and my eyesight has definitely worsened in the past few weeks. I find it difficult to sit up straight, so accustomed is my body to hunching over some writing/ reading device. I have begun to forget what day it is. I cannot wait for finals to be over. Tomorrow we have Civ Pro, which for me has been like...
Posted by Hala Furst
12/08/2007 at 12:00 AM
If I had to sum up the necessary traits for successful exam prep in one word, it would be “stamina”. 4 exams spread out over 3 weeks doesn’t sound hard, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint. It is in this time that you are committing everything to memory, practicing your exam answers, updating (or, in some cases, creating) your outline, and generally trying to cram into your brain everything you’ve learned in the last four months, to be regurgitated back into a 3 hour exam. We had our first exam for Criminal Law on Thursday, and it was exhausting. I was supposed to be typing, but the program...
Posted by Hala Furst
12/02/2007 at 12:00 AM
So, the law is a judging profession. You are constantly balancing pros and cons, thinking about both sides of an issue, and utlimately deciding what the strongest argument is. This starts to bleed into your everyday life, in seemingly insignifigant ways at first, and then begins to rear it’s ugly head in ways that are less easy to ignore. For instance, I am currently studying for finals at a local establishment and while everyone around me is perfectly lovely, I am beginning to hear logical fallacies in what they are saying, and it’s killing me. I want to roll my eyes at a rate of about once...
Posted by Hala Furst
11/27/2007 at 12:00 AM
Ahem. Exams are approaching, and it ain’t pretty, folks. We just got back from 5 days off for Thanksgiving, and returned to the last week of class and the impending exams. We’ve had memos and midterms and socratic method attacks, but still, the big Fs are looming (F is for Final, not, I hope, any of my grades).  There is a buzz about the school, one that can only be described as high energy fear. Remember in college when professors spent the last couple of weeks in review mode, helping you prepare for their finals? Yeah, that doesn’t happen in law school. I have new assignments though...
Posted by Hala Furst
11/08/2007 at 12:00 AM
Ok, I have several things I want to cover in this blog post: 1. Many of you will be living on a combination of scholarships and loans in law school, which means somewhere around, oh say November 6th, you will realize that you have no money. It is important at that point not to panic. There are several things working in your favor: a) You live in a small town where things are relatively cheap. Utilities are pretty reasonable, you have to travel into Providence to get to a mall, and beer is $1-$4 depending on happy hour and location. b) You have no time with which to spend your no-money, being...
Posted by Hala Furst
10/28/2007 at 11:00 PM
Some days at Roger Williams University School of Law feel a little bit like a return to high school. We have a cafeteria, there are sections, and everyone knows everyone, meaning teachers and your peers. I will be honest, if you want to be anonymous and feel like a number, then RWU is not the school for you. For the most part it is pretty funny, the comparisons with high school, mostly because we are all pretty smart and somewhat geeky in our own little ways, and we’re all over the age of majority. So as easy as it would be to fall into the habit of caring about popularity and who is dating...
Posted by Hala Furst
10/21/2007 at 11:00 PM
It’s a day late and a few paragraphs short, but hey, I’m still recouperating from Le Memo. Which, coincidentally, I have decided will be my halloween costume. Because it’s wicked scary. It’s hard to believe, but we are approaching the end of our 3rd month as 1Ls. Time flies when you’re… working so hard you don’t have time to feed yourself or bathe. I have never so much wished for the ability to eat while asleep, or shower while driving. Think how much time you would save! But seriously, the days and weeks fly by, even if sometimes the hours in the library seem to drag. At least the memo is...
Posted by Hala Furst
10/13/2007 at 11:00 PM
In the first semester of your first year, you will be assigned a Memo in your Legal Methods class. Start working on it now. Before you come to law school, you might look at a course syllabus and think, “Hey, this isn’t so bad. They only have about 15 pages of reading per class”. When you say this, don’t say it anywhere within hearing distance of a law student, because they will probably throw a highlighter at you before yelling something unintelligible about cursing you with a 12(b)(6) motion. Because 15 pages of reading in regular student land is vastly, vastly different from 15 pages in law...
Posted by Hala Furst
10/06/2007 at 11:00 PM
So, this weekend I took off for 36 hours to New York City to see a friend and celebrate her birthday. What’s great about Bristol is that it is small and quiet, which is conducive to studying, but within 20 minutes you can be in Providence, and from there you are a 3 hour train ride to NYC, or a 1 hour train ride to Boston. I have a car, which is nice, but not completely necessary if you live in Bristol proper, as there are buses that run to campus and all over Rhode Island (We’re also 20 minutes from the beaches in Newport and Middletown, which I find particularly helpful when I want to...
Posted by Hala Furst
09/29/2007 at 11:00 PM
Like, you’ll be able to finish two days worth of work in a Sunday afternoon. Remember back when I said that I was taking off Friday nights and all day Saturday? Yeah, that’s not happening anymore, and not just because my fellow students keep calling me out on it. Mostly because it’s just not possible. Now, I know what you prospective 1Ls are thinking: “OMG I CANNOT FUNCTION WITHOUT A WEEKEND!!!”. First of all, stop using all caps. It’s annoying. Second of all, yes you can. Because you’ll have other free time thoughout the week, just not necessarily on the weekends, because, let’s face it,...