Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Michael Hartley
02/03/2013 at 02:04 AM
When I was applying to law schools, I saw these blogs written by students and wished that a student would write about their law school experience. Now I am a law student who has a blog and I thought it would be fitting to write my experience of law school so far. Before coming to law school, everyone tells you how busy you will be and how much reading and studying you will do. This is not a lie but, it is not completely true either. The workload is intense but, at least as I have experienced as a 1L, the workload is more than manageable. So far, I have been able to manage everything and have...
Posted by Elizabeth Blank
01/31/2013 at 01:46 PM
With spring break 2013 on the horizon, I have been feeling nostalgic about my wonderful experiences from spring break 2012. Last year, I participated in an Alternative Spring Break Program, interning with United Mountain Defense (UMD) in Knoxville, Tennessee. This non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting Tennessee’s watersheds, air, mountains, and people.  The trip proved to be an amazing life experience that was not only educational, but also fun. This is not to say that I did not have some serious reservations going into this trip. For starters, a 30-hour round-trip drive was...
Posted by Sam Clarke
01/09/2013 at 03:57 PM
A lot of people ask what a typical day is like for a law student.  What follows is a fictional, but highly representative typical school day for me.  It is absolutely riveting.   7:00 a.m.         Alarm goes off. 7:27 a.m.         I crawl out of bed. 7:35 a.m.         Quick stop at Bristol Bagel Works for coffee and breakfast to go.  Alicia, who works behind the counter, asks me if I just rolled out of bed.  I mutter something incoherent at her. 7:46 a.m. ...
Posted by Natosha Chason
01/09/2013 at 02:59 PM
The majority of the people that you speak to about law school will tell you the same thing, “It’s hard, but worth it.”  As a 1L, it’s difficult to imagine this.  We all know law school is going to be hard.  If it wasn’t, then everyone would be there, right?  However, hard takes on a whole new meaning once you’re a law student.  You learn that sleep is not always a necessity, that studying on a Friday/Saturday night is completely normal, and that it will all “make” you even if it breaks you (and yes, I did break down in a hallway crying during finals, but I wasn’t the...
Posted by Michael Hartley
11/15/2012 at 12:46 PM
We all had to take a lot of steps to get to law school.  This opportunity for us means a missed opportunity for someone else.  We can easily lose sight of that especially with our final memos being due in a week and exams being right around the corner.  Don’t forget this because when things seem impossible you can think, “I was smart enough to make it here, and I am smart enough to get through (fill in the blank but the blank is probably exams).” I know this blog is coming very late in the semester but I think that is very symbolic of how this semester is going.  It is...
Posted by Michael Rekola
11/04/2012 at 10:34 PM
Inspiration is a funny thing.  It can come a quick as lightning, be fostered by friends, or take years to strike.  Its no surprise that I am unaware of what my future holds.  I was never one of those law students who entered law school immediately knowing that the goal was to be a trial attorney, a professor, or even an in-house counsel.  So for my three years in school, I have strived to try all manner and facets of the law.  Some areas I have thrived in, like contract drafting, while others I have floundered at, like torts. Some opportunities I made the best of,...
Posted by Elizabeth Blank
10/18/2012 at 08:24 PM
This past summer, a surprising number of lawyers assured me that my 2L year was going to be so much easier than the last; I doubt I am one of the few who would contest that statement. Between a demanding class schedule, an internship, and a law school club leadership position, that statement seems anything but accurate. It is 9 p.m.-- I find myself in my kitchen reciting the rules of Evidence while I ice cupcakes. This batch of cupcakes is for the Women's Law Society’s bake sale to raise money for a Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday. Who knew a few cupcakes could make a difference! However,...
Posted by Michael Rekola
10/16/2012 at 07:25 PM
Over the weekend, Felix Baumgartner, aka “Fearless Felix” became the first human to sky dive at a rate faster than the speed of sound.  By accomplishing this extreme challenge, Fearless Felix completed a life long goal of being the first person to break the sound barrier without a vehicle.  He also broke the record for highest manned balloon flight (at 120,100 ft.) and highest free-fall jump at the same altitude (nearly 24 miles above sea level).  If you were one of the ones watching this task whether on the Internet, television, or radio then you were probably like me, glued...
Posted by Michael Rekola
10/08/2012 at 10:26 AM
Being a law student, most days are filled with breakfast, reading, class, reading, reading, lunch, class, reading, reading, dinner, reading, one TV show to relax, bed, and repeat. However this past week offered a way to break the daily routine of class and reading.  I experienced something new and exciting!  I was able to attend the Business Innovation Factory Annual Conference (BIF-8) as a scholarship recipient.  This was a rare opportunity that all of my professors collectively thought was worth an absence in their respective classes (that is rare in itself-- teacher approval...
Posted by Elizabeth Blank
09/25/2012 at 01:23 PM
Forecasting ahead on my first day as a 1L, the whole law school marathon felt like it was going to be a long and arduous gauntlet. However, the first year of law school quickly rolled into summer classes, and for those of us that took the summer Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, left us with only a few days before 2L classes started. On my first day back as an official 2L, I could not help reflecting on all I had accomplished and a nagging pang of regret about pushed aside opportunities. The feeling was fleeting. With all the announcements of new boards sent out during the...