Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Hala Furst
10/13/2008 at 12:00 AM
I just returned from Washington DC and the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference. DC is great. Whether you spend time in hip Adams Morgan, gentrified Georgetown, up on the Hill or at Dupont Circle, there is always something going on. It is a young city, with very few lifers. People come from all walks of life to work with, against, or beside the federal government, and it makes for an amazing mix of cultures. Not many are really from DC, but the steadfast few that are wear their city pride like a tattoo. It is a city built on power and influence, and if you can trade either you might...
Posted by Hala Furst
10/05/2008 at 12:00 AM
If the first year of law school is the frightening sprint down a dark and blind alley, the second year is a long, uphill slog, carrying baggage you didn’t even know you had. The job search, which at times can seem like an exciting look into all the possibilities that a law degree can offer, and other times seem to be an exercise in self-destruction, is incessant. The work load is intense, with the very dense subjects of Con Law and Evidence topping off whatever electives you have picked. The safe harbor of your section has been ripped asunder, as everyone goes about their days in a new,...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
09/20/2008 at 12:00 AM
Orientation seems like it’s a million years away! In just a few short weeks, we’ve begun classes, made friends, and gotten waist deep in law school!  While professors remind us that we are in the “walk” phase, I’m a little out of breath!  Work in law school is very different than work in undergraduate courses:  it requires much more careful reading, thinking beyond the text, and asking the tough questions, like “what if” and “what does this mean?” Most of what we are doing is reading and briefing cases, and trying to come up with what the courts say the rule is when dealing...
Posted by Hala Furst
09/15/2008 at 12:00 AM
Meta-Studying So as I lay on my futon, reading a literal mountain of cases, watching Raising the Bar on TNT, I realize two things: 1. Zach Morris needs a better hairdresser, and 2. I have gone through the looking glass. Just as Grey’s Anatomy somehow made the drudgery of spending hours on end covered in other people’s blood, never sleeping, and generally becoming emotional train-wrecks sexy for medical students, so this show attempts to make the grueling hours spent pushing along the machinery of the criminal justice system seem “hot”. I’m not entirely convinced, but that might just be...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
09/08/2008 at 12:00 AM
Orientation is over, and classes have gotten underway; but before I get into that, I’d like to tell you a little bit about orientation, and what you can expect. Orientation brings with it so many mixed emotions-- excitement that all the hard work of studying for and taking the LSAT, filling out applications, writing application essays, and figuring out what you want in a law school, have finally culminated in this moment; uncertainty about what law school will be like, if all the stories you’ve heard will prove true, whether everyone will be smarter than you, whether the work load will be too...
Posted by Hala Furst
09/07/2008 at 12:00 AM
The second year has started off at a record pace. Already we’re two weeks in, one week which was short, in fact, and I’m once again up to my eyeballs in school work, extracurriculars and clubs, and the added stress of second year: the job search. I barely feel like I had a summer this year, and already I’m looking for a job for next summer. This is kind of ludicrous, really, when you think about it. After one year of law school I’m supposed to know what kind of law I want to practice, where I want to practice, how I want to practice, all of it. The reason for this is that if you’re very lucky...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
08/28/2008 at 12:00 AM
Hi everyone, and welcome to Roger Williams Univeristy Law School’s admissions site!  As a potential or incoming student, you probably have a ton of questions about what to expect when you get to law school.  You are not alone!  I hope that I can fill you in on the joys and challenges of being a first year law student, and maybe answer some of your questions before you arrive. My name is Kelly Bennett, and I am a new law student at Roger Williams University School of Law in beautiful and historic Bristol, RI.  I received my BA in Political Science from Stonehill College in...
Posted by Hala Furst
08/24/2008 at 12:00 AM
Have you missed me? I’ve missed all of you. I have not really been able to wrap my mind around the fact that I am now a 2L. It seems like just a week ago I was struggling my way though Sibbach and Schlagenhauf. A year has passed, and yet I find myself once again spending all day in the Library on the last Sunday before classes begin, this time finishing up the Moot Court Clark Competition Brief. Oh, and reading Con Law and Admin for tomorrow as well. Right back into the fire. The summer has given me a lot of time to reflect on whether the reasons I came to law school are the reasons I’m still...
Posted by Hala Furst
08/01/2008 at 12:00 AM
Writer’s note: I wrote this while traveling in London. I simply cannot say enough good things about the program! There are few greater thrills in life that hearing a man in a wig and a robe use something you, a mere American student, told him in chambers to question a barrister in open court. Perhaps that needs some context. For the last week and a half, I have had the privilege of sitting on the bench of the Croydon Crown Court, immediately to the left of His Honour Judge Kenneth MacRae. In front of me, I see a courtroom laid out in a similar fashion to one in the US, but with striking...
Posted by Hala Furst
05/15/2008 at 12:00 AM
Hi everybody. As you know it has been finals time around these parts, and we just finished last Saturday. It still seems strange to think that I am finished with my 1L year. It hasn’t really hit me yet, for a variety of reasons, but one of which is that this week is the Law Review Write-On competition, so many of us are still working 14 hour days trying to get onto next year’s Law Review by submitting a comment or a note. It’s interesting work, but to be completely honest, it is exhausting. I think they do this on purpose; make you submit right after finals, when you are already emotionally,...