Thursday, May 14, 2009
Our exams ended last Friday. By that time there were only a few students left taking elective course exams. One of which was my European Union seminar.
Our 1L students finished their last exam a few days earlier on the Tuesday. Their tired and smiling faces (for the most part) reminded me of my own 1L year. I still remember vividly that feeling of jubilation after my last 1L exam was completed. It was almost too good to be true that I was a rising 2L.
Each law school semester after that, I was pleased to have finished another set of exams. However, the sense of accomplishment and the feeling of euphoria were never the same as the end of my 1L year. I was closer to graduation (and ultimately the bar exam) each time, but the semesters and exams never seemed as long or as difficult after I had finished 1L year.
Best wishes to all of our students as they finish their exams at our respective schools. I hope that they will have good rising 2L and 3L summers whether they are working, in summer school, or relaxing. I hope that the our graduates will have successful bar preparation and pass on their first attempts in July in whatever states they are sitting the exam.
And now that hooding ceremony celebrations are over and the registrar's office has delivered my exam stack, I get to grade all those essay answers that my students wrote. (Amy Jarmon)