Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/12/2010 at 02:39 PM
Since the day I turned 18, I couldn’t wait to be called for Jury Duty.  In 1999, the day finally came.  I received my little Juror’s Card in the mail informing me I had been selected to serve.  I felt as though I had just won the lottery!  I had been SELECTED!!!  (No calling me dork or any of the other names you’re thinking in your head right now.)  There was one problem though.  The date I was scheduled to serve was very soon after my second child’s due date.  I could have checked that little box that claimed I wanted to reschedule, but nope, I was...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/12/2010 at 02:26 PM
The first few weeks, or maybe even months of getting called on was scary.  I was envious of those people that could be in the hot seat and it seemed like just an ordinary conversation between them and the professor.  That person is not me.   Whenever I get called on – correction, whenever I hear the professor even start to say, “Ms. . .” – I can feel my blood start to boil and all the facts, issues, and ideas I had about any particular case just start floating out of my brain.   And then someone else gets called on instead of me.   Everything comes...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/04/2010 at 03:43 PM
I figure I should start this little writing journey by telling you about why I am in law school, and why I chose to spend the three years of my law school career at RWU.  Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to be a stay at home mom.  I wanted to be one of those barefoot, pregnant ladies that spent time cooking, cleaning, and playing with my kids.  Ok, maybe not so much the cleaning part, but I definitely wanted to be involved in my future children’s lives as much as possible.  However, life has a funny way of making you reconsider your options.   I was married...
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/01/2010 at 02:25 PM
The beginning of the second semester is probably one of the most stressful of all. While you would think the first semester “end game” of exams would be (and don’t get me wrong, it is), finding out how you did on those exams is unnerving. Unlike being an undergrad, our grades don’t get posted until January. What I find amazing at times is that, like undergrad, students seem to have various methods (or mind-sets) of checking their grades. Some people will obsess and check them hourly even though they are posted around 4 PM (that was me in the beginning), others will only check when they know a...
Posted by Hala Furst
12/20/2009 at 01:00 AM
You may have heard that there was a blizzard working its way up the eastern seaboard this weekend. It hit Rhode Island about 8 hours after I finished my last final for the year. While I still have a paper to write by Tuesday, it felt pretty good to watch the flakes fall from the coziness of a friend’s apartment, knowing that I was done studying for at least the next three weeks. As much as I would like to go sledding, the 9 degree wind chill suggests that Mother Nature would like me to finish that paper before I leave for home tomorrow. Not that my break will be that relaxing. Unlike first...
Posted by Hala Furst
12/05/2009 at 01:00 AM
Today marks the beginning of the reading period for my last set of fall finals in law school. My nostalgia is predictably overcome by concern that I will fail the two exams I do have. But third year gives you some perspective. The fear that motivated you in first year is totally gone, and the worry about summer jobs etc. that motivated you in second year is long past. The desire to do well and the desire to take a nice long nap is directly at odds, unfortunately. So the question becomes, what does motivate you in your final year, especially when the siren song of “senior-itis” is so lovely...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
11/12/2009 at 01:00 AM
One major difference between 1L and 2L year is that you can really get a jump start on investigating internship opportunities.  It’s strange, but already there is rush to upload resumes, cover letters, and begin the application process for internships for the summer.  It’s only September!!! Well, I’m guilty of it too.  I figure there’s no better way to get starting that
Posted by Regina Curran
11/08/2009 at 01:00 AM
Hello from Texas! I believe I may have mentioned in this blog that I’m from Texas originally. This past weekend I had the opportunity to come back “home” (same state, different town) to represent Roger Williams at the National Black Pre-Law Conference. It was a fun event and I always enjoy the chance to talk about the law school. Plus I got to see several old friends! This is the second recruiting event I’ve done and I’m starting to notice one of the most popular questions prospective students have asked me is to give them my “sales pitch.” I’ll be honest, I don’t have one. The only thing I...
Posted by Regina Curran
10/21/2009 at 12:00 AM
It’s true, I do hate them. It started in kindergarten and to this day I still refuse to eat them out of protest. What does this have to do with law school you might ask? Nothing. Truly. But my friends have been bugging me to update my blog and it got me to thinking about my lack of focus right now. As a 3L I feel like I’m being pulled in a hundred different directions. I’ve got school (of course), the job I work, the job I’m hoping to find, obligations to friends and family, and school. I did say school twice, I because that’s where it should be. Despite being in my last year there is still...
Posted by Hala Furst
10/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
As I type this, I’m sitting up on the third floor, in the Moot Court cubicle, taking a break from researching an 8th Amendment argument for the Nationals Competition. It is raining cats and dogs outside, which I don’t mind, since I’m relegated to spending this weekend tethered to 5 pounds of westlaw printouts. The wind is howling, the timer on the motion sensor lights keeps going off, and I’m trying to figure out where the evolving standards of decency in American punishment jurisprudence has left us. Not every weekend is like this, though. Last weekend I traveled down to New York to spend a...