I survived the first year of law school, known as “1L”! It was 100% online, but I am grateful for the experience nonetheless.
Now, as a 2L, I am officially on campus for the first time as a law student. I just finished my first week back and thought a little run-down would be appropriate.
For some background, during 1L the school picked our classes for us with the exception of our second semester elective. For 2L we have to take three classes: Evidence, Constitutional Law, and Ethical Lawyering, but we can fill in the other classes however we like!
This year I will be part of a clinic (where I get to work on real cases under the supervision of an attorney). In addition to the clinic, I plan to take mostly criminal law focused classes.
Outside of classes, I am the secretary for one of the clubs on campus.
While this year is bound to be busy, I am feeling optimistic.
I think being on campus will enable me to connect more to my peers and the law school’s community.
Personally, I plan to integrate better habits than I did during 1L.
I was in “survival mode” for most of 1L, approaching things on a day-by-day basis.
For 2L, I hope to be more intentional about my use of time. I want to get on a solid sleep schedule (and get used to waking up earlier), set aside time during the evenings and weekends to not think about law school, and enjoy the experience for what it is.
School can be stressful, but these last two years of law school may be my last time as an official “student” before entering the workforce. I’m sure by May 2023 (when I’m expected to graduate law school) I’ll say “2L and 3L flew by.”
Thus, I am going to make myself enjoy each and every experience this upcoming year presents – the good, the bad, the stressful, the calm…everything.
Here’s to a great school year!