Sunday, December 16, 2018

Congratulations to Our First-Year Students

Most of our 1L students have persevered and completed their fall semesters now! Wow! Congratulations to all of you for your hard work! At times the challenges may have looked insurmountable, but you did it! Celebrate your accomplishments with your family and friends.

Applaud your efforts because you have accomplished so very much since August. Just think of everything you have done in that short amount of time:

  • You have met some of the brightest people you have ever known and in the process made some new friends for life.
  • You have braved a whole new academic environment and broadened your skills and horizons simultaneously.
  • You have participated in pro bono activities, joined student organizations, and learned about legal career paths and specialties you did not know existed.
  • You have learned a new legal vocabulary - very much like becoming conversant in a foreign language (and at times law school probably felt like a foreign country).
  • You have learned a new way of writing "like a lawyer" - who knew you could be so logical, precise, and concise!
  • You have survived the Socratic Method of questioning - you may have been scared, but you really did okay despite your nerves.
  • You have learned how our federal and state court systems work - gosh, think of all the rules and judicial trivia you can spout during family gatherings.
  • You have learned how Congress and our state legislative systems work - or don't work - oh well, better to avoid that discussion during family meals.
  • You have synthesized hundreds of pages of reading, case briefs, class notes, and outlines to distill the essence of the law for exams.
  • You have confronted fearful fact patterns and pared them down to size with your analysis both on practice questions and in exams.
  • You have attacked "best answer" multiple-choice questions and learned how important the legal nuances are in mastering them.
  • You have learned new study strategies, new time management tricks, and new organizational skills that prior education never required.

We are proud of you! You have come a long way in just 4 1/2 short months! You may be feeling a bit dazed from exams, but do not underestimate your accomplishments.

Recharge your batteries over the semester break. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Read fluff novels. Watch movies. Get some exercise that you enjoy. Bake cookies with younger siblings. Let your grandparents or aunts and uncles spoil you. Enjoy home-cooked meals.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a relaxing semester break. We look forward to seeing you at the beginning of spring semester. (Amy Jarmon)

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