Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Regina Curran
04/25/2010 at 11:03 AM
This is truly hard to believe...on Monday at 4pm I will be done attending classes for the foreseeable future. Despite taking some time off between undergrad and law school this is the first time I will finish a year of school with no set plans to start again. It is both exciting and overwhelming. In the next month I will submit my graduation writing requirement paper, take a few finals, pack up my apartment, start my bar prep classes, GRADUATE, and move my stuff to a new state! Whew, I'm tired just thinking about it. As I was sitting in my first class at RWU Law in August 2007 I hardly...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
04/23/2010 at 11:23 AM
I remember back to the days where I didn't know what being a law student actually entailed.  I was so excited about everything.  The new way of learning, the new material, the new professors; meeting my new classmates - basically I was excited about anything and everything that had to do with being in law school.  (You can ask anyone that knows me about how much of a geek I was - I even read "How to Succeed in Law School" books while vacationing in Greece the summer before my 1L year.) Boy, those were the days.  The days where I was blissfully ignorant of the way being a...
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...