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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 Hala Furst
05/02/2009 at 11:00 PM
Answer: sigh.... unfortunately, yes. It’s that time of year again, kiddies, and once again I’m fighting the urge to run down to the patio at Aidans, enjoy the beautiful weather in the East Bay, and pretend that I didn’t decide to come to law school. Some days I wake up, look around, and ask myself why the heck I decided to spend my mid-twenties slaving away in front of a computer, prisoner to my own need for perfection. But then the next day comes, and some exciting opportunity like visiting the SCOTUS, or externing at the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, or working this summer at the US...
Posted by Regina Curran
04/22/2009 at 11:00 PM
We are a week away from finals and just finished registering for classes, its this time of year more than others that everyone has a tip for you and your success. There are plenty of theories about which classes to take, how best to study, and the best ways to ensure you pass the bar the first time around. Generally speaking I have listened to these thoughts because they are shared by well-meaning people who truly want to offer you their experiences. At the end of the day, for me anyways, I more or less do what I want. Personally speaking my interests in the law are vast and varied, so I have...
Posted by Hala Furst
04/02/2009 at 11:00 PM
Looks like I’ve been remiss in my blogging duties. I looked back and saw that I haven’t posted anything since February, and so much has happened since then. The Public Interest Auction, Barrister’s Ball, Spring Break, and just last weekend, a trip to DC to hear arguments in front of the Supreme Court and meet Justice Alito and Senator Whitehouse. Those who read this blog with any frequency will know that I love DC, and would like one day to live there. If I could get a job, that would be great too. DC has a great energy, and I think it’s an energy that any law student would vibe on. Everyone...
Posted by Regina Curran
04/02/2009 at 11:00 PM
This past weekend a group of 2L honors students had the opportunity to take a trip to Washington DC. As part of the US Supreme Court Cases class we attended arguments at the Supreme Court, met with Justice Alito and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and toured the Capital building. We prepared for the trip by reading the briefs for Travelers Indemnity Co. v. Bailey and then hearing about the finer points of this bankruptcy case from Professor Chung. It was very interesting to see the Justices who’s opinions we have read listen and react to the arguments presented. It was also great to see the...
Posted by Regina Curran
03/05/2009 at 12:00 AM
It seems like I just turned around and it was March. I don’t know if its job searching, the two three day weekends we had, or just longing for summer, but spring semester feels faster than fall.  This weekend is Barrister’s Ball (or law prom as we sometimes call it) and then in a week and a half we’ll be off for spring break. The semester has thus far presented numerous unique opportunities to meet lawyers and politicians from around the state. In February I had the opportunity to attend the opening of the Latino Policy Institute at the Roger Williams Providence campus. The LPI was co-...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/12/2009 at 12:00 AM
This past weekend I travelled with five other Moot Court Board members to Regent University in Virginia Beach to participate in their National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. We sent two teams, each team consisting of two oralists and one brief writer. For my team, made up of 2Ls, it was the first time any of us had competed outside of the in-house RWU competitions like the 1L Mini Moot and the Esther Clark Competition. Not knowing what to expect, we prepared incessantly, knowing that you can never really anticipate all of the questions a judge will throw your way. We made a strong...
Posted by Regina Curran
02/10/2009 at 12:00 AM
As of December 19th I, along with my fellow 2L’s, am now half way done with law school. My first response when someone reminds me I’m half way done is pure elation, at 25 I’m excited about the prospect of FINALLY being done with school. However my second response resembles something more like fear, school is all I know and finishing means making decisions about where to go from here. Seems like as good a time as any to (1) remember what brought me to law school in the first place and (2) figure out what to do next. I came to law school after a brief (8 month) break from undergrad where I was...
Posted by Hala Furst
01/07/2009 at 12:00 AM
The month of January derives its name from the Roman god Janus, depicted always as a man with two faces, one looking ahead, and the other behind. It is fitting that this is the month that marks the halfway point for me between the beginning and end of law school. With a year and half under my belt and a year and a half to go, I’m amazed at how my life has been changed, mostly for the better. In the past 18 months I moved halfway across the country, met some of the best friends I have ever had, lived through some of the most difficult challenges of my life thus far, and set foot on a total of...
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:...