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Starting Spring Semester

Wait… there’s a second semester? (LOL, totally kidding)

The first semester of law school was hard. But we all knew that would be the case. My cohort started law school online, during a pandemic, and largely without the company of other law students. Our experience was far from “traditional.” So, to summarize the events of August – December 2020– the first semester of law school was hard.

I used my winter break from classes to rest and recharge, a concept that is a little foreign to me. I’m not really good at taking breaks from work and trying to not do things. But man, did it feel good. I watched so much Survivor over winter break. I’ve never even watched Survivor before! I started with Season 28 simply because it was what Netflix made available. Now, just a few weeks later, I think I’ve finished five seasons? I hardly watched Netflix during the semester. When I did take some time to watch Netflix, I found myself issue-spotting or thinking about law school even more. It felt really good to take a break and do things that were completely unrelated to law school for a little while.

Of course, I couldn’t completely ignore school. I checked grades, reviewed my finals, kept up with my law school friends, and took a few moments to check my email. I wasn’t as excited to receive my grades as compared to undergrad. It was a different feeling. My professors were honest about the grading curve and there was a set expectation that not everyone would be happy about their grades (and that’s okay.)

The spring semester starts up again in four days. (Which also means there’s four more days to finish readings for day one.) It feels different preparing for “the first day of school” as compared to past years. Three of my classes will continue from last semester — Civil Procedure, Contracts, and LARAW. I have two new classes — Property and Critical Lawyering Skills. For the three classes that are continuing, I have a very clear understanding of what is expected of me and how I can succeed. I know these professors, I know my classmates, and I know how I have been graded previously. On the other hand, I am approaching my two new classes with a much clearer understanding of how to succeed in law school. I know what works for me now as a law student and how to approach my classes.

In short, I feel much better heading into this second semester of law school as compared to the first. I am heading in knowing very well the expectations, the demands, and my own abilities. I’m excited to start this semester strong.

Back to reading now!

Paige

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First Post!

Hello, Internet!

I have been wanting to start this blog for quite some time now. Before I started law school, I would turn to law school bloggers to gain some insight in regards to how others approached law school; from how they organized their tasks, managed their time, or which planners worked best for them.

Even before I was accepted into law school, I remember reading about how other students studied for the LSAT (law school admissions test). During my undergraduate career, I didn’t know many other students applying to law school during the same cycle as me, so looking to online resources was incredibly helpful.

Fast forward to today. I am about to start my second semester of my 1L year at Santa Clara University School of Law. I have thought about making a blog for months but didn’t take the time to do it… until now! I’m really excited for this journey. I hope I can provide insight to those thinking about going to law school, provide helpful resources for those preparing for law school, and keep a record of my experiences in law school.

(I am by no means at all an expert in any of this stuff! I am on a journey to my JD, and humbly learning along the way!)

Looking forward to this exciting journey!

Paige

Things I Wish I Knew When I Was A 1L

I could not put Jess’ words any better. She truly guided me through 1L year and was there for me every step of the way. This post goes out to all the 1Ls who are overwhelmed, excited, anxious, scared, or confused. It’s okay if you read the first case of your assigned Contracts reading and questioned your ability to read. You are going to get through this – one day at a time.

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It’s that time of year again. Anxious 1Ls await the beginning of what will be the longest three years of their lives. Meanwhile, attorneys, law profs, and other legal professionals are eagerly sharing advice on how to survive. The weekend before the start of law school is overwhelming. With so much information, words of wisdom, and horror stories going around, it’s understandably difficult to make sense of it all. Even harder though, is figuring out how to translate it all into a personal success plan. I can’t create that plan for you. But in this post, I will at least attempt to clear up some of the terms and tasks I wish I understood going into my 1L year.

I’m a policy person, so I’m always looking for the “why” behind process. So, in this post, I will also try to also explain why we do these things in the…

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