Student & Alumni Blogs

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...
Posted by Kasey Doeing
09/26/2013 at 11:59 AM
When my family and friends found out I was going to law school, advice began flooding in from everywhere!  Advice regarding study groups, active reading tips, and time management skills were among the favorites of my nearest and dearest.  But the advice I really wish I had gotten before taking the plunge?  Remembering to relax. While it is undoubtedly true that law school is a full time job, sometimes watching a movie and grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend is just fine!  During my first month of law school, I spent the majority of my time with my casebooks, finding...
Posted by Mike Muehe
09/24/2013 at 02:27 PM
Like I’m sure most any 1L experiences before coming to law school, I had my worries on arriving at RWU Law. But looking back on my first month, I’m so glad that I made the decision to attend Roger Williams, and law school in general. Between the people that I’m meeting, the lawyering skills that I’m learning, and the new things in town that I’m trying, I don’t think that I could be in a better place right now. Moving to Bristol this past summer was a huge leap for me. It was the first time I had moved from my childhood home. Granted, home is only an hour and a half away, I was wicked excited...
Posted by Elizabeth Blank
09/24/2013 at 08:53 AM
This summer, I was a legal intern in the Ocean and Coasts Section of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of the General Counsel in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The internship was one of the best legal experiences I have had. The staff was extremely welcoming and accommodating with my transition down to D.C., in addition to having a great sense of humor. To top it all off, I even had my own office-- who knows when that will happen again? While it was difficult to leave my family for two months, I was occupied by the demands of the internship and the seemingly...
Posted by Sam Clarke
09/16/2013 at 01:45 AM
It’s fun to be at the Y-M-C-A! When I was a kid, nothing beat summer. I got lucky because my dad worked at the local Y camp during the months he had off from teaching, so every summer I’d shoot arrows, swim in the ocean, and rack up an impressive number of mosquito bites at Camp Massasoit. (Also known as Camp Messy-Toilet, not to be confused with Camp Metacomet, or Make-You-Vomit, a subtle but important distinction not lost on a ten-year-old.) It was jarring to lose those three months of freedom to play when I started law school. Perhaps it was more jarring to walk into class 2L year still so...
Posted by Michael Rekola
08/26/2013 at 09:36 AM
Life is one continuous story.  Or at least that’s how I perceive it. And like most stories there is always a beginning, middle, and an end (the fun part is when those arcs do not come in that order).  You see, those transitions usually happen because of the seismic events that are set off by a single drop of serendipity.    Within the past year my life has gone from middle, to end, and ultimately to a beginning.  An odd order or flux but that’s because the current trajectory of my life began in the Fall of 2010 when I accepted an offer for admission at Roger Williams...
Posted by Michael Rekola
05/15/2013 at 12:52 PM
Growing up I was always told the same thing.  Words that rang clear and brought dreams of the future filled with hopes and adventures that were captivating while simultaneously engulfing. Go find your own Everest… Go find your own Everest… Go find your own Everest… I had never known what the words truly meant, nor do I still know what they mean. This is because it seems that when one takes on a new task, challenge, or endeavor they simply do not realize the consequences that can flow from something seemingly so innocent.  When I was twelve and my mother signed me up for Boy Scouts...
Posted by Michael Rekola
03/01/2013 at 03:20 PM
Law school is a tedious journey, not for the faint of heart.  Law school is more akin to marathon then anything else I can think of and if you allow me to continue the metaphor, hopefully I can provide some insight. A few years ago, I thought “wouldn’t it be great if I ran a marathon”.  I mean what a big personal accomplishment that would be.  I would feel like king of the world. I’d be able to put those 26.2 bumper stickers all over my car, and I’d even get a cool medal to showcase in an office one day.  But before I dove into training, I did some research first.  In...
Posted by Sam Clarke
02/18/2013 at 01:49 AM
Do you hear stories about the “Socratic Method”? The classic technique of teaching used in law schools across the country? Do you want to know what it’s really like? You could read about the Socratic Method on Wikipedia. Actually, that article is kind of confusing. Or you could read this, which is often what it ends up looking like.   ***   Class is about to start. I settle into my seat and shuffle through papers nervously.   “Who else hasn’t he called on?” I mutter to Allison. She gives a tiny shrug but her eyes stay on the professor. I start running through a mental list…...