Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Michael Rekola
09/25/2012 at 12:23 PM
So the first few weeks of my 3L year are in the books and, boy, does it seem like this semester is going to be a busy one. The motto for this semester can best be explained from the old Navy SEAL adage, "the only easy day was yesterday." Besides my commitments to my class schedule, the internship with RIDOT (which was just extended until I graduate!), and my regular responsibilities, I added a whole new set of obligations. Last semester, I had the opportunity to apply for and was granted a position at RWU’s Immigration Clinic.  This prestigious opportunity will afford me the chance to...
Posted by William Wray
09/17/2012 at 10:18 AM
I was doing some “work” on the internet the other day – reading an author's answers to readers' questions about the background of a book he wrote – and he said this: “Sure I could explain [this technical question that you asked about] . . . . But without a narrative, our ability to care about such things is dramatically impaired. That’s why we need stories.” Not long after that I was out to lunch with a skilled trial lawyer who was touching on the difference between trial and appellate level advocacy. Some things don’t change, he said. Preparation. Demeanor. Utmost respect for the tribunal....
Posted by Peter Eraca
09/15/2012 at 03:11 PM
Outside of required classes, there is one commonality that binds all law schools and law students together: the bar exam. It is the final rite of passage for attorneys, and the most dreaded portion of legal education. Although I have not posted in some time, I feel as though this portion of the law school experience deserves some exposition, and I will do so by giving a few (probably too many) pieces of advice.  First, you generally do not need to pick which bar exam you sit for until you are a 3L. Its alright to keep your options open. Second, you can take two bars at once so long as...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
02/02/2012 at 06:10 PM
It has been a long time since I last posted. I’m in my third year and it’s busy, busy, busy! In the fall, I returned to the Immigration Clinic and took 7 classes, while also doing my writing requirement paper. (Word of advice to first and second year students: get your writing requirement over with ASAP).    This is my last semester of law school and it feels surreal! These three years have been so short and so long at the same time. Every day has been jampacked, but when you’re busy, time flies!    So now about what I want to do with the rest of my life... The Immigration...
Posted by William Wray
11/09/2011 at 06:36 PM
It is customary, after an absence of a month or more from one’s blog, to profusely apologize because “I have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to update.” Lies. Nobody is so busy that they literally do not have the time to type 800 coherent words. Given the average words per minute of twenty-something typists, 800 words = 15 minutes. What dilatory bloggers are really saying – or at least what I  am saying - is that for over a month I have found it uncomfortable to sit behind a keyboard and produce thoughtful content. Prepare yourself for yet another tortured allegory. I have been...
Posted by Brendan Schlander
11/04/2011 at 01:59 PM
...and I am not talking about the October nor'easter. November for a 1L is a complete whirlwind, and I think that, along with my classmates, I will have a lot to be thankful for about 3 weeks after Thanksgiving. First of all, if anyone is interested in doing a psychological study, they could find an incredibly fascinating focus group if they polled 1L's the weekend before our first memo submission was due. The neurosis was palpable and entertaining. On top of that, all of our doctrinal professors are dropping not so subtle hints about finals and how fast they are approaching. Each of the 1L...
Posted by Brendan Schlander
09/04/2011 at 11:06 PM
A hurricane? In New England? Ok fine, a tropical storm by the time she got here. However, Irene was officially removed from the list of possible future daughter's names after the sheer nuisance the last week has been. While I am normally not one to complain about back to back four day weekends, I am absolutely one to complain about 4 days of no electricity, cable or internet. After all, how else am I supposed to communicate with my beloved readers? As bad as the four days without power were, the pure, unadulterated elation of getting back was a feeling that I will not soon forget. Luckily,...
Posted by William Wray
08/31/2011 at 05:14 PM
Note to self - stock up on un-scented candles.   Irene came, Irene left. It was pretty terrible if you were a tree branch, inconvenient if you were any organism which appreciates electricity or plumbing, but otherwise, bearable.    And it wasn't all bad, either: Crises have a way of renewing our appreciation for home and all its fixtures - human and otherwise. “Hunkering” is the verb that captures the feeling for me. The dictionary definition staidly limits itself to 'taking shelter,' but for most, the word implies preparatory trips to the grocery store, foreknowledge of what...
Posted by William Wray
08/24/2011 at 09:23 AM
Posted by Brendan Schlander
08/21/2011 at 02:36 PM
It is official, I (along with my fellow 1L's) have completed my first week of law school. And the verdict? The jury is still out...please excuse my bad lawyer puns. This week has been a whirlwind of meeting our section-mates and professors, figuring out where to sit and how to balance our schedules. Not-so-quiet whispers have already filled the hallways about which professors eased their students in and which ones put the already nervous 1L's on the spot from the get go. And then, as quickly as it started, it was over. Our first weekend was upon us and we are now accountable for our own time...