Monday, August 30, 2021

Recap of my First Week of my Second Year of Law School

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I just finished my first week as a 2L (or second year) and thought I would share how it went.


This semester I have class Monday through Thursday. I have never EVER not had class on Fridays, and it is so nice.


I am in constitutional law II, foundational lawyering skills, business organizations, Family Court Review (my journal that I get two credits for to write a 25-page Note and attend a two-hour class once a week) and I have an externship, which I get three credits for.

I got to pick two of my classes this semester, and originally, I was in international business law, but I dropped that to work at my externship.


An externship is the same thing as an internship, but I get credit from my school to work. I thought working would be more beneficial to my resume and it would be a nice change of pace from studying for a class. I am also thrilled to be gaining more hands-on experience.

I am externing at the Paley Center for Media. I am a business and legal affairs extern where I am reading contracts and working on intellectual property matters in the Paley’s archive. It was a very last minute and quick turn-around for the interviews (I actually did the two-round interviews when I was in Florida on vacation) but I’m glad it worked out.


So far 2L seems a lot less scary and intimidating than 1L because I know what to expect from law professors and classes. I even have one of the same professors from last semester.


I am also taking classes that I got to pick/am interested in which is a nice change. Because even though criminal law is interesting, it is not my cup of tea.

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At the end of last semester, after a writing competition, I was selected to be on the Family Court Review. I will be writing a 25-page Note this year that will hopefully get published in the Family Court Review journal. My journal class is at a horrible time during the day, in my opinion, but besides that I really like my schedule. I kind of feel like the journals are the high school newspaper for law school. I feel honored to be a part of one and I am excited for the possibility to be published.


It’s also nice going to class seeing familiar faces and having friends!

I went into law school very closed minded about meeting people, because I didn’t think it was necessary or worth my time to hunt for people to be friends with. But lucky enough for me, my friends kind of fell into my lap, and I feel very lucky that it happened like that.


One weird thing about this year is that there are other students in the building besides just the first years. Last year we were the only ones in the building, and it was weird. We never met any upper classmen, and we never got a feel for the building with lots of people buzzing about. Which leads to a big problem with parking… There are not enough spots for all the law students.


I’m super excited to be IN PERSON this semester! I cannot tell you how much more productive and intellectually stimulating being in PHYSICAL class is. I feel like I have learned so much more being in person this week than my entire last semester being online (which is a bit of a dramatic statement, but still). I am so so so happy to be in person and I forgot how much I missed it. I feel very fortunate for the vaccine and being able to be in class.


I have a crazy year ahead of me, but I am so excited! Cheers to 2L year!


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