“I simply don’t have the time,” was a phrase I had prepared on the tip of my tongue anytime I found myself: going weeks without exercising, ignoring my personal development goals or justifying my inability to communicate with family and friends on a regular basis. This was a phrase that rolled off my tongue oftentimes without thought. I made this declaration without actually looking into my schedule because I just knew without a shadow of a doubt that if I didn’t have work to do, I certainly had a series that I needed to complete on Netflix, a social gathering I needed to attend or memes that I needed to review in my social media inbox. Three weeks ago however, the concept of insufficient time came to a screeching halt. The COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the nation and in response, schools and many businesses transitioned to a work from home format as a tenet of the new social distancing framework many states have now instituted for its residents. [Read more…] about How to Use the Quarantine to Revamp your Time Management
Oh 3L year. A culmination of challenges, flexibility and dare I say fun? A year marred by the onslaught of senioritis, triggered by the impending close to a rigorous chapter. However, in addition to these feelings, 3L year as I can best remember, felt like I was being perched on the precipice of the unknown. I felt like I finally mastered law school, but how in the world would I master what’s next if I had no idea what to expect? Was I signed up for the right bar prep course? Was I already behind on my bar exam preparation? Would I ever get a post grad job or did I miss class again this morning? (I’m just joking, but not really). Do you find yourself having similar thoughts? Then it might be time for a good book for motivation. Yes, I know that reading for leisure is honestly a privilege in law school, but if there were ever a time that you have the flexibility to plug through a good book during law school, 3L year would be it. [Read more…] about Three Books to Read During 3L Year
Not many people would argue with me if I stated that the Socratic cold call method is perhaps the most difficult aspect of one’s law school experience. I mean that’s objectively a tough experience to get through, and one that’s likely etched into our memory forever. However, today I want to propose an experience that stands neck to neck or possibly outshines the fear we experience in those moments of public discourse. An experience that we forget years later as we button our power suits before heading into court or lean into our rollerball chairs in our cushy office suites. It’s the experience of our stomach tying into knots the moment your law school classmate exclaims in distress how many job interviews they have lined up that week, the moment your study group partner confides in you about their multiple job offers and how they can’t possibly make a decision. [Read more…] about Oh Where Oh Where Do 2Ls Go When All the Jobs Appear to be Taken?
They say good things come in threes, but I disagree. There can be no limit placed on the infinite amount of help one needs to make it through law school. However, if my hand were forced to categorize the general needs of a law student, I would do my best to sum this up in four. Four anchors representing the four providers of support necessary to keep one grounded. Four anchors representing the firm bolts necessary for survival. The four facilitators of access to your professional and personal needs and wants. More specifically, the four facilitators of: mental health, career help, serotonin and educational guidance. I know that the issues that come to the forefront in law school are endless, but addressing and receiving help in these areas could mean a step towards fulfillment.
So who are your four facilitators?
If you’re reading this post, you may be one of the many people who have an upcoming internship or externship and no idea what to wear. Therefore, you’re probably wondering whether your wardrobe warrants an upgrade. Will you need to push your bank account to the edge and grab a couple of suits or can you sneak by with more casual attire considering the relaxed and edgier atmosphere most organizations tend to be shifting to? Well if you’re having these concerns, you’ve come to the right place. How you present yourself will be extremely important to the reputation you’re building and, as you know, reputation is everything. Therefore, doing your research and planning your wardrobe ahead of time is a step in the right direction. [Read more…] about What to Wear to your Law School Internship or Externship
Raise your hand if you’re a 1L and you’ve felt personally victimized by your law school experience so far? Ok maybe victimized is too strong of a word but if you’re a few weeks or months into your first semester of law school, I’m sure you get the gist. After getting some experience under your belt, despite the grueling hours that you’ve spent going through case law, reviewing your class notes or even outlining, if you feel like you have no idea what is happening, you’re not alone. I want to reassure you that it’s normal to feel lost despite your hard work. You’ve been exposed to a wealth of information that will take some time to completely process.
So, if you’re wondering whether it will all click, the answer is it absolutely will, but only if you take proactive efforts to process the catalog of information muddled in your head. Recognizing your confusion early on and proactively straightening this out will inevitably make you more confident and trusting of your ability to excel.
So how does one build this confidence? Although these methods aren’t foolproof, I would recommend: refocusing your mindset, asking questions and actively internalizing each lesson.