Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Kasey Doeing
01/15/2014 at 04:05 PM
  After two glorious weeks of Christmas break, the spring semester here at RWU Law has officially started.  I’m not quite sure there is anything more difficult than attempting to get back into school mode after a small glimpse of freedom.  But alas, I must fight the urge to watch another episode of Cake Boss on Netflix and crack open my Civil Procedure book once again.   I have heard from several attorneys and former law students that the transition between first semester and second semester of the first year is one of the toughest.  Let’s face it, I’m still trying to...
Posted by Mike Muehe
01/07/2014 at 01:36 PM
                After a much-needed Thanksgiving break, the scene at RWU Law changed drastically. Final exams were right around the corner, a seemingly-terrifying, unique experience for us as 1Ls. The weeks began to fly by, juggling the last class assignments, editing and reviewing outlines, and reviewing outline, on top of any other responsibilities make it seem like entering final exams is like entering a giant whirlpool – a semester’s worth of work swirling around you over the two-week exam period, and ending in an...
Posted by Tom Peterson
12/20/2013 at 12:11 PM
It seems hard to believe but my first semester of law school is complete and Winter Break is upon us.  It is great to have a couple of weeks off to relax, rest, and enjoy time with friends and family.  Having two weeks off is a luxury that I haven’t had in almost 25 years, so I will definitely enjoy that. The first semester flew by, and with my first set of Law School Finals in the rearview mirror, it is a good opportunity to reflect on tests in Law School.  Finals in law school are like no other experience I have ever had.   Three hours to tell the professor what you...
Posted by Kasey Doeing
11/20/2013 at 11:06 AM
One of the most important, and underrated, pieces of advice for aspiring law students is quite simple: be selfish.  Now, before you make your assumptions, give me a chance to explain.   With finals right around the corner (EEK!), my time has become more precious than ever.  My “To-Do” list never seems to get any shorter, my apartment has unfortunately not learned to clean itself, and there are simply not enough hours in the day.  This means that I have to make some sacrifices.  Instead of spending two hours on the phone with my grandma, we limit ourselves to a half...
Posted by Tom Peterson
11/16/2013 at 01:24 PM
            It is hard to believe that it is already mid-November and we are almost done with the semester!               The loss of daylight savings time is a bummer because now it gets dark here in Bristol long before I head home and when I wake up in the morning it is also dark.  Winter is just around the corner and I am hoping for a relatively mild one so the commute between Lincoln and Bristol won’t be too bad.  I actually enjoy the trip home on most evenings—it gives me a chance to reflect on the day...
Posted by Mike Muehe
11/06/2013 at 12:03 AM
        “GAM. NOUN- A social meeting of two (or more) Whaleships, generally on a cruising-ground; when, after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boats’ crews, the two captains remaining, for the time, on board of one ship, and the two chief mates on the other.” - Herman Melville, Moby-Dick         One of the most impressive things I’ve seen while at RWU Law is the number of networking events put on for students. Whether a club brings in a guest speaker, offers to pair you up with a mentor, or even just holds a...
Posted by Kasey Doeing
10/18/2013 at 08:52 AM
As I am sure you have heard, law school is a beast like no other.  The hours spent trying to piece together an intricate contracts case brief, anticipating being cold-called in your Criminal Law class, and agonizing over your semester-long memorandum assignment are among some of the most stressful times.  Being overwhelmed with law school is something to be expected by everyone, at least for the first semester.  But want to know something?  Nearly everyone at RWU Law wants to help you! My undergraduate school was comprised of less than 2,000 students.  At the time it...
Posted by Mike Muehe
10/17/2013 at 12:36 AM
A few weeks back, I experienced my first law school cold-calling. For the longest time, I heard of this teaching concept and tried to find ways to prepare. Upperclassmen, law school prep books, and lawyers all offered advice to endure the experience, but it’s hard to figure out just what to do until you’re actually put on the spot. Prior to law school, I was a terrible speaker in class. My heart would beat out of my chest, my leg might shake, and my voice might tremble, and after I answered, my heart would sink down to my stomach, even if I answered correctly. Some suggested that I treat...
Posted by Tom Peterson
10/08/2013 at 03:35 PM
After a full career in the Navy, as I was preparing to retire, I would always get the question, “so what are you going to do after retirement?”  I was always proud to say that I was going to be attending Roger Williams University School of Law (whew… from here on out, RWU Law) and I would always be told, “Oh, so you are JUST going back to school…”  It always struck me as a little bit of an understatement, and it always seemed that they were implying that I was going to have all sorts of time because I was “just going to be in school.”  As it turns out, it was more than just “a...
Posted by Michael Hartley
09/29/2013 at 02:23 AM
This analysis is to show 2Ls how far they have come from just one year in law schoo,l and to give 1Ls hope that the worst is near an end. Let's be honest, 3Ls won't be too interested in this analysis, expect maybe to see how right/wrong it is. After a solid month of being a 2L, there are many changes I have observed from 1L year. One is the workload. There is a substantial increase in the workload from 1L year. However, it feels as if there is a so much less work and so much less pressure as a 2L. For example,  if I had to read 50 pages in 1L year over a weekend for Monday I would feel...