I pushed through, got over spring fever, and finally made it! 2L year is OVER! I made it through all of the difficult classes, insane schedules and loads of activities and meetings. When time was called during my evidence final, I practically jumped out of my seat. I was finally free and could be a normal person again! No more stressing about finishing my readings, no more anxiety about upcoming exams, and no more sitting in long lectures debating about friendly versus hostile mergers. Well… at least for the summer. That’s right, my second year of law school was over. This means I now wear (with pride) the shiny new title of 3L. Although everyone who knows me would say otherwise, I am going to miss being a 2L. Yes, it is was an insane year but, now that it is over, I feel nostalgic. So here are my reflections on my 2L “work to death” year and how I finished out the year strong.
2L Year In a Nutshell
How would I describe my 2L year? Crazy busy. I was always going from one thing to the next. It was stressful, packed, and tiring. Honestly, I really don’t know how I did it all. I looked back in my calendar and saw I have not had a day off since January (besides my lovely spring break which was much more busy than relaxing but I digress). I was constantly doing something school, work, or organization/club related. Don’t get me wrong, this is not the first time I have been overworked and busy; I have always juggled a lot of activities on top of work and school. However, 2L year increased the intensity of my packed schedule – it was truly the busiest year of my life. On top of a full load of upper level classes, I worked for Lexis as a student representative, was the head student rep for another company, the treasurer with the Women’s Law Caucus, competed on the mock trial team, worked part-time as a law clerk, was a Ms JD Writer in Residence, participated in numerous clubs and activities and still kept up with my friends and family. Crazy, I know.
After being halfway done with law school, I noticed that I needed a lot more motivation to study for exams. This is partly due to the fact that I am just worn out and tired from my busy schedule. However, it is also because I am so busy and my schedule is so packed, that when I have down time I just need to relax and take care of myself. This proved very true during this recent exam season. I was working at my law firm 3 days a week during exams so I had limited time to study. I also had an out-of-town wedding that my boyfriend was a groomsman in and was preparing for my best friend’s wedding in which I was the Maid of Honor. Despite still being busy and having to force myself to study, I did push through and finished my exams with some degree of confidence.
This year I had the honor of being part of the mock trial program at my law school. I was part of the in-house competition consisting of 32 junior members, each broken into teams of two. Each semester these teams went through two regular trials (one you are plaintiff/prosecution; the other you are defense), semi-finals, and finals. This program has been an amazing experience for me as I was able to break down two problems, prepare my cases and arguments and perform the trials. At the end of the semester, I was further honored by being elected the Commissioner (i.e. President) of Mock Trial for my 3L year. Thus, at the end of the semester, I was responsible for getting my Board on the same page, compiling all of the materials for tryouts and hosting and evaluating all of the tryouts. However, I am really excited about this amazing opportunity and cannot wait to do great things with this program and my new members.
A lot happened in my 2L year. I was very stressed and overworked, but I pushed through it all. I survived my second year of law school, and I am one step closer to becoming an attorney and accomplishing my dreams. Law school has been so rewarding, inspiring, and an amazing experience. I would not change anything about my legal career thus far. So many doors have been opened, and I have been able to seize numerous opportunities. My 2L year has brought new challenges and struggles along the way. However, it has also allowed me to get closer to my overall goal and accomplish numerous little goals along the way. I am excited for my next steps and to see where law school takes me. Although my 2L year was an insane year, I am now faced with new challenges as I head to my final year of law school. (Cue the song “Final Countdown”) I gladly leave my second year of law school with a smile on my face and now look forward to preparing for the 3L “bored to death” year.
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