Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Kevin Olasanoye
06/16/2010 at 10:42 AM
I have been in London now for a week and have had quite the adventure thus far. On the flight from Boston, I sat next to a musician who was travelling on business. As we started chatting, we discovered that we both lived in Providence and had a mutual friend who is also a 2L at RWU Law (it really is a small world). I then had the chance to visit with some family who live in the suburbs of London and get myself acclimated to life across the pond (for example, young people here wear their polo shirts with the collar up all the time and you have to look right when you cross the street because...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
06/10/2010 at 12:48 PM
The marathon of the first year of law school has come to an end.  The end of the year was a test of endurance and focus, with a five-hour property exam and the law review competition immediately after our torts final, at a time when continuing onward seemed impossible. If I don’t make law review, I am still pleased with myself for finding the inner strength to pull through at the end of a week in total isolation with the enormous packet of information-- shooting in the dark and hoping for something coherent, precise, and maybe special.  Law review competition has ended, and I am...
Posted by Jolee Messier
06/09/2010 at 01:48 PM
I can't believe that I leave for London in 3 days!  I started packing last night and it is definitely turning out to be a challenge.  We have to bring 3 weeks worth of suits--thank goodness for Burlington Coat Factory and their fabulously priced suits!  I have never been to London before so I am so excited to explore a new place.  I had a wonderful experience in undergrad studying in Salamanca, Spain for a semester and I am sure that the London program will not disappoint!  I am also planning on going to Paris during the program for a long weekend. I can't wait...
Posted by Kevin Olasanoye
06/04/2010 at 08:08 AM
I can’t believe it is already time to go to London. Where has all the time gone? Let’s see…after a very long semester, I decided to enter the Law Review Competition. Then I decided to take some much needed “me” time. I blew the dust off the Playstation 3 (I highly recommend Super Street Fighter), attended my brother’s graduation from URI (way to go baby bro!), and finally returned all the phone calls, emails, texts, and other messages I hadn’t gotten to because of the dreaded appellate brief and finals. I can’t even really put my excitement about this London trip into words. During my...
Posted by Beth Pytlik
06/03/2010 at 10:20 AM
Summer has just begun and here I am a week away from leaving to study in London for 5 weeks. I am extremely excited to spend 3 weeks learning in class at the Inner Temple about comparative law and British common law. I am even more excited for two weeks of interning under a barrister or judge, an opportunity most law students never get the opportunity to do. And interning at the Inner Temple is an experience only fellow RWU London students will ever know. I feel like I have finally come down off the Spring semester finals-high.  I enjoyed a relaxing Memorial Day...
Posted by Hala Furst
05/14/2010 at 10:21 AM
I had anticipated the end of law school to arrive with some amount of fanfare, and perhaps that feeling will come next week, at graduation. But when I finished my last final exam at 9pm on Tuesday, I wasn't filled with a feeling of exhilaration, but my old familiar friend, exhaustion. That test ended like the dozens of others I've had over the past three years, with my mind spinning and the nagging feeling that I'd forgotten to mention a key point.  But the next morning I woke up at 8am, same as always, despite purposefully leaving my alarm unset. I put on the coffee, I started the...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
05/13/2010 at 09:41 AM
This has been my busiest semester yet as far as exam taking goes.  I've taken five finals so far and I have one left to go.  And then, that's it - my 2L year is over. I remember the welcome to high school speech that was presented to me and my class as 9th graders, entering the big, grown up world of high school.  The principal stood before me and informed me that these next four years would be over before I knew it.  Well, that was true.  And as I entered each level of higher education, I was told the same thing in the welcome speeches, "Enjoy your time here because...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
05/05/2010 at 08:44 AM
Well, that dreaded time of the semester (finals) has come once again.  This is off topic for this entry, but I hate finals.  I'll write more on why another time, and will just summarize by stating finals are a law student's living hell.  It's a time of constant studying, stress, and feeling like you're drowning.  Having three kids to take care of on top of studying for six finals is, ohhh . . . a little challenging. With that said . . . My oldest son, TJ, came home from school yesterday and told me they were discussing Mother's Day in his class.  He said his teacher...
Posted by Peter Eraca
04/29/2010 at 08:39 PM
It is hard to believe that the Class of 2012 was attending orientation only 9 months ago, although it seems as though it were 9 weeks or 9 days ago. We have spent a great deal of time learning points of law, sweating through the Socratic method, and fielding one set of exams (not to mention legal writing assignments). Throughout this process we have also made lots of friends, and had excellent times with one another. Even with the exuberance of being finished with classes, there are still two hurdles looming to the summer, final exams and the law review competition. As with last semester, and...
Posted by Hala Furst
04/25/2010 at 12:15 PM
When you graduate from law school, you do so in regalia. Regalia, in turns out, means a long black robe with purple velvet panels, a "hood", which is actually more of a cape, covered in the colors of your school (blue and gold, in RWU's case), and a tam. A tam is a black velvet, wide, UFO-like hat with an affixed golden tassel. While the point may be for us to look dignified, I find it impossible to believe that the result of tam and robe-wearing will be anything less than a bunch of ludicrous, Facebook-worthy photos.  Yet I love my tam. When I picked up my regalia I was Christmas-...