Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Heather O'Connor
04/23/2010 at 11:18 AM
I am supposed to be getting a midterm paper back today.  I have a million things to do (nevermind the fact my Spring Break started at 10:15 this morning), but I am sitting at my computer obsessed with checking TWEN every five minutes to see if my corrected paper has been returned yet.  Why am I this compulsive when it comes to grades?  I am not a very patient person when it comes to results - I like to know exactly where I stand as soon as possible.  However, I keep trying to rationalize with myself that it will come in when it comes in.  Checking the site every five...
Posted by Peter Eraca
04/10/2010 at 04:59 PM
This week Professor Ruskell and Dean Lalli held an information for 1Ls and 2Ls about preparing for the bar exam and what it was all about. It was extremely informative to hear about the differences in manner different states administer the bar exam and paying for both prep classes, living and the admissions itself. It is a nice feeling to know that our administrators are already concerned about us being prepared to take the next step in accessing our chosen career I guess law school is only the penultimate step in becoming an attorney, because that isn't stressful enough. :-)
Posted by Heather O'Connor
03/31/2010 at 01:12 PM
First year you have no choice as to what classes you take or what your schedule will be like.  You will be assigned to one of three sections.  The people in this section will be your classmates, in every class, for the rest of the year.  So make friends.  These are the people you will need to rely on if you miss class and need notes, have questions about an assignment, or just want to talk something out.  The great thing about the students at this school is that the majority of the other students are willing to help you out in these instances.  It's not so...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
03/12/2010 at 02:48 PM
How do you know if you’re doing the right thing?  Although this seems to be the main question of being in law school regarding so many issues, I am asking it in another realm. I have three kids.  I am divorced, so although my ex gets visitation, I generally raise them on my own.  I knew I was taking a giant leap when I went back to school after my divorce, but figured it would be the best thing for my family in the long run, even if it made things more difficult presently.  Undergrad was a change, but it wasn’t too bad.  I put my youngest into preschool rather than...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
03/12/2010 at 02:44 PM
I remember when I started law school there was all this talk about study groups. Topics discussed were how to start one, how to organize your time during the study group, what to do if you’re not all your members aren’t on the same page, etc. I don’t really remember the issue coming up of whether or not you should even join a study group. It just seemed to be how you study in law school and what you should do. I watched as other students formed their study groups and began plunging into the typical law school study format. However, I did not feel as though a study group was for me. There...
Posted by Peter Eraca
03/12/2010 at 10:27 AM
As you may be aware, all 1Ls take a "legal methods" courts, essentially it is legal research and writing. The project for the spring semester is an appellate brief on some topic the LM faculty thinks up and gives us. The worst part about it is, it is the gatekeeper between you and spring break. Many students will stress for weeks on it, others won’t start even researching until the 11th hour. Now, my advice on the LM stuff, don’t wait to start, you’ll be sorry. It is virtually impossible, in my opinion, to churn out a "good" brief in 12 hours, beginning from scratch with no research done...
Posted by Peter Eraca
03/12/2010 at 10:12 AM
One of the biggest selling points of RW Law for me was the recreation center. It is at the doorstep of the law building, how much more convenient can that be? Before enrolling here, I would spend 3-4 day per week at the gym back home (I won’t plug which one), AND the college I worked for had a pool which helped my love of swimming (I swam competitively in high school). Therefore, some ability for me to get a work out in during the day was a large component of selecting a place I wanted to spend the subsequent 3 years of my life. Many law students will use the gym, particularly because it is...
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/26/2010 at 12:47 PM
Yes, you heard that correctly. Every 1L in the country takes a course on property. It covers a variety of areas, and I need to say one of the areas I really enjoy is Estates and Future Interests. Now, while that doesn’t matter much to you yet, and frankly, if you’re already thinking about "getting ahead" in your course work, take a step back and enjoy your time before coming to law school. Anyway, from what I’ve been told, and what I’ve seen, students either love this topic or hate it. If you have a thing for history, language, or words you will probably enjoy it. One of the things I enjoy...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/18/2010 at 12:13 PM
This past week was a very, very long week.  There’s a study somewhere that states Roger William School of Law Students have earned the ranking of one of the highest, if not the highest score, regarding how many hours per day a student here studies.  Please don’t ask me where I read this study right now because it is 10:30 on a Sunday night and I think I put in over 35 hours of studying this weekend alone.  I’m tired.  But I remember reading the results and wondering why we earned this particular title.  Are the students here more competitive?  Did the school...
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/17/2010 at 05:26 PM
Have you ever felt like you were behind, didn’t know where the time went, and that you probably won’t catch back up? Yeah, I feel that way right now. Today, someone said we were in week 5 (ok, he said 7, but I double checked for accuracy) and I did a mental double take. I couldn’t believe we had already gone through 1/3 of the semester. Thinking back to the first semester everything seemed to go by exceptionally slowly. That doesn’t really change. One thing I’ve realized while being here is that the weeks seem to go buy slowly, but when looking back they go by like lightning. It is probably...