Student & Alumni Blogs

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...
Posted by Hala Furst
09/16/2009 at 12:00 AM
I’m trying to plan a party at my house, just an informal gathering of some friends, some food, some wine, and delightful conversation. But when I got out my day planner, lo and behold, once again my weekends are chock full from here until November. I don’t really know how it happens. One week my date book is full of vast, open expanses of white paper, the next week, I have to double book things. In the next 6 weeks, I’m going to take a trip to Iceland and the UK, head to Washington, D.C. for the Equal Justice Works Job Fair, entertain my parents on a visit from the mid west, and try to...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
09/05/2009 at 12:00 AM
Walking back into school after being away a few months is strange-- there are familiar faces, and the building itself looks the same, but something feels different.  Maybe I’m different.  Maybe it has something to do with knowing what to expect, and being a little more ready for it this year than last year. It’s definitely good to be back.  It seems to me there has been a shift in the dynamic-- I am no longer the new kid on campus.  Suddenly, there are a ton of new students I don’t know, all scurrying around with that same, familiar deer-in-the-headlights look that I...
Posted by Hala Furst
08/31/2009 at 12:00 AM
So begins my last year of law school, and quicker than I thought I could remember them, my old habits are back. I have once again become a slave to the little white box that houses every document of importance in my life, typing away on the third floor into the wee hours, so late and so alone that the lights shut off and I have to flail my arms wildly in an attempt to get the motion sensor to pay attention to me. This time it is not schoolwork but the post-grad job search that motivates me. But, I’m hoping if I put my nose to the grindstone for the next couple of months, I’ll be able to find...
Posted by Regina Curran
08/30/2009 at 12:00 AM
After 20 years of formal education I am in disbelief that this is the last year. In 9 short months I am going to put on a robe and funny hat, walk across a stage, and finally have that JD behind my name! In the meantime there are classes, job searching, and bar applications. Classes started last week and already I can tell that 3L year is going to be quite different than the last two. First difference: the job search. My friends and I are already experiencing a variety of differences on this front. One friend has accepted an offer to work at a firm in DC after graduating. My roommate will be...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
08/30/2009 at 12:00 AM
And so it begins, the 2L year… no longer a newbie, not yet a JD… the beginning of any academic year brings with it a sense of new opportunities, a chance to prove yourself in the context of new classes, with new professors and fellow students, and to redeem yourself with familiar faces, with whom you toiled through 1L year.  There’s a buzz in the air, excitement of having relinquished that 1L title, the pride of knowing we survived it, and are wiser now, at least to the extent that we know what to expect!  I’m ready for the new start-- Brand new highlighters eagerly await the...
Posted by Hala Furst
05/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
Answer: sigh.... unfortunately, yes. It’s that time of year again, kiddies, and once again I’m fighting the urge to run down to the patio at Aidans, enjoy the beautiful weather in the East Bay, and pretend that I didn’t decide to come to law school. Some days I wake up, look around, and ask myself why the heck I decided to spend my mid-twenties slaving away in front of a computer, prisoner to my own need for perfection. But then the next day comes, and some exciting opportunity like visiting the SCOTUS, or externing at the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, or working this summer at the US...
Posted by Regina Curran
04/23/2009 at 12:00 AM
We are a week away from finals and just finished registering for classes, its this time of year more than others that everyone has a tip for you and your success. There are plenty of theories about which classes to take, how best to study, and the best ways to ensure you pass the bar the first time around. Generally speaking I have listened to these thoughts because they are shared by well-meaning people who truly want to offer you their experiences. At the end of the day, for me anyways, I more or less do what I want. Personally speaking my interests in the law are vast and varied, so I have...
Posted by Hala Furst
04/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
Looks like I’ve been remiss in my blogging duties. I looked back and saw that I haven’t posted anything since February, and so much has happened since then. The Public Interest Auction, Barrister’s Ball, Spring Break, and just last weekend, a trip to DC to hear arguments in front of the Supreme Court and meet Justice Alito and Senator Whitehouse. Those who read this blog with any frequency will know that I love DC, and would like one day to live there. If I could get a job, that would be great too. DC has a great energy, and I think it’s an energy that any law student would vibe on. Everyone...