#The3Llife: Bucket List

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GUEST BLOG by Lauren Rose,
3L at University of Detroit Mercy

There is a light at the end of the tunnel!

I have finally reached the last semester of law school. Graduation is in approximately 115 days (but who’s counting…). As a meager 1L, I never thought that this day would come to fruition and now it is here.

This is a bittersweet feeling. Law school has not been easy and it has not been very fun, but I have had my fair share of good times. I have met a ton of great people and I have had many great experiences as a result.

During the next three months, I plan to learn as much as I can about the law while  also checking items off of my proverbial law school bucket list. So, here goes nothing.

  • Observe hearings in federal court because I have not been to a federal court
  • Volunteer for local organizations
  • Finish law school with grades that I am proud of
  • Read a book for enjoyment
  • Donate my time and efforts to a great cause
  • Support local businesses by exploring different parts of town on the weekends
  • Start studying for the bar exam, which is in about 6 months, and the thought of which is terrifying
  • Spend more time with family and friends because I want to show my appreciation for them before bar prep begins
  • Impart wisdom upon underclassmen about what classes to take and how to make the most out of law school
  • Have fun!

This is (probably) the last time that I will ever be a student and I would like to make this semester as meaningful as possible.

What is on your #3L bucket list? I would love to hear

#The3Llife: Asking for Advice

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GUEST BLOG by Lauren Rose,
3L at University of Detroit Mercy

Fotolia_113375081_Subscription_Monthly_MOne of the most important things you can do as a law student is ask other students for advice.

Specifically, you should ask these students for advice about what classes they enjoyed. You should even ask your professors for suggestions. One of the best classes that I have taken was suggested to me by another student and by the professor that teaches the course.

As a part of the required curriculum, I had to take a clinic course. At the guidance of other students, it was suggested that I take the criminal clinic course. I inquired about the other clinics and numerous students told me that this was the best clinic for courtroom experience. After hearing that I would be in court each week, I was sold.

This clinic course was the best course that I have taken in law school. I was able to apply legal skills to real life situations and clients. Every week under the supervision of my professor, I represented criminal defendants in a district court.  All of the defendants were charged with misdemeanor crimes. I was able to negotiate with the prosecutor and advocate on behalf of the client in court. This was definitely one of the most effective courses that I have taken in law school. I learned how to interact with clients, attorneys, and judges.

Talking with other students brought this course to my attention. I highly suggest talking with other students and professors about your interests. This clinic was not only enjoyable but also a great learning experience. I am so glad that I discussed my options with other students and that I was able to take this clinic.

#The3Llife: Suggested Methods for Studying

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GUEST BLOG by Lauren Rose,
3L at University of Detroit Mercy

Whether we like it or not, finals are here.

Hopefully you have been studying and keeping up on your outlines throughout the semester.  Also, I hope that you have figured out what study methods work best for you.  Here are a few methods that I like to use while studying for final exams.

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  • Write it out. After completing and reviewing my outlines on the computer, I like to write out my outlines by hand.  This allows me to grasp the material in a different way because I am forced to interact with it.  Writing requires you to think about what you are putting onto the piece of paper.  Also, while I am writing my outlines, I am able to flag topics that I am unclear on.  If I do not understand a topic, I make a point to look it up or put a sticky note as a reminder to look it up later.  Also, I like to write out flashcards and quiz myself.
  • Use colors. I like to write my outlines and my flashcards in vibrant colors.  I have used this method throughout high school, college, and law school.  While my outlines may look like an elementary school coloring book, I find the use of color to be incredibly helpful.  The colors allow me to keep track of different topics within an outline. Also, studies have shown that the use of color may enhance memory.   If you’re looking for a way to make studying a little bit more fun, and enhance your memory at the same time, try using fun colored pens!
  • Take breaks. Sitting in one place for hours upon hours is exhausting.  I am a big proponent of taking short breaks.  Take a break to get a cup of coffee or take a walk around the building.  I understand that time is of the essence while studying for finals, so make a break a goal.  For example, “When I finish reviewing this topic, I can go grab a cup of coffee or take a quick walk outside.”  Use these breaks not only as motivation to get through material but also as a way to take a few minutes to focus on something else.
  • Continue a regular workout schedule. This is easier said than done, however, it is important to maintain some level of exercise while studying for finals.  Sitting for 10+ hours a day is not good for your body.  Take an hour or so to go on a run, attend a yoga class, or go swimming.

Those are just a few of things that I like to do while studying for finals.  Do you have any tips that you would like to share with other law students?  Tweet me @The3LLife!

#The3Llife: Beginning of the End

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Guest Blog By Lauren Rose,
3L at University of Detroit Mercy

This is the beginning of the end.

The second to last set of finals. The last time scheduling law school classes. And the last Thanksgiving and winter break as a student.  The leaves are changing, the air is crisp – this is the last time that I will be experiencing fall as a law student.

I always think of November as a time for reflection and gratitude. It is quickly becoming a realization, and no longer just a dream, that the end of law school is quickly approaching. In just a few short months, I will be graduating law school. In eight months, I will be taking the bar exam. To say that time has gone by quickly is a sheer understatement.Fotolia_123110497_Subscription_Monthly_M

The thought of law school coming to an end is bittersweet. It has been a difficult, and oftentimes challenging, road.  I have overcome adversities that I never expected to face. I have come to realize that this is a part of life and an essential part of growth. I have come to accept that I am not the same person that I was before starting law school. I also see this change in my fellow classmates and friends.  We are different because we have grown as individuals. We are different because we have grown into the next generation of lawyers.

As I reminisce on the past, I cannot help but look forward to the future. I know that I am surrounded by incredibly talented and smart future lawyers. So here is to the last set of finals and being one step closer to graduating from law school.  Cheers!

#The3Llife: The Perfect Schedule

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Guest Blog By Lauren Rose,
3L at University of Detroit Mercy

The “perfect schedule.”

A quest taken upon by students around the country, year after year, semester after semester. While this “perfect schedule” may mean different things to different students, consider the following while creating your class schedule.

  • Look at the final exam schedule. While creating your schedule, keep the final exam dates in mind. There is nothing worse than having back to back law school exams. Consider this while looking at the course offerings. If you take certain classes and the exam schedule is not ideal, talk to your law school’s registrar. It is possible that the registrar can help you adjust your class schedule or make accommodations for your exams.
  • Take classes that are bar tested. Take the classes that are bar tested. Take the classes that are bar tested.  I cannot repeat this enough. This will help you in the long run.  Also, if your school offers a bar exam strategy course, I recommend taking it. I have heard nothing but good things about these classes.
  • Fotolia_76002201_Subscription_Monthly_XXLTake the classes that peak your interest. While you should take bar tested courses, you should also take classes in subjects that interest you. You are more likely to be engaged in a something that you find interesting. For example, if you really want to be a litigator, or even have the slightest interest in litigating, take a trial practice class!
  • Considering your extracurricular activities and time for work. If you are on law review or moot court, you may need to adjust your class schedule around these meetings and practices. Or, if you are working at a firm or clerking for a judge, you may want to take more evening classes than day classes.

What are your thoughts about the coveted perfect schedule? Tweet me @The3LLife!