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Posted by Hala Furst
03/25/2008 at 11:00 PM
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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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...
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...