Challenges of the 1L Year

By Miranda ’19

If I told you 1L isn’t hard, I would be lying. Throughout 1L you are almost always battling stress, insecurities, competition, frustration and challenges. You may feel overwhelmed, inadequate, overworked and just plain confused. It can be easy to get wrapped up in negativity during 1L. A place with high demands, a new learning system, and extremely intelligent colleagues isn’t something one can process lightly. But trust me when I say that once you learn to listen to yourself over others, a surprising majority of your stress can disappear. You’ll want to learn this lesson before beginning the opportunistic adventure we call 1L.

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Line Drawing

By Professor David Phillips

A key activity of those involved with “law,” whether it’s in the context of creating law or applying law to given facts, is either to draw lines or to decipher on which side of a line a certain activity falls. The speed limit on a particular street or highway presents an obvious example.  Let’s say that the speed limit on a superhighway is 65 mph; one drives legally at or below that “line,” whereas one drives illegally above that speed limit and possibly subjects him or herself to a fine.  But when I say that law is about line-drawing, I mean such on a more embracing and hopefully sophisticated level.  And, to be realistic, even this simple initial example of a speed limit is far more complex than would at first appear, as we shall discover when returning to it later.  Read on to try some other examples first and through these examples discover some of the ideas you’ll struggle with as you proceed through the first-year of law school.

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Erica’s Survival Tips

By Erica ’19

2 weeks until first semester finals, and more than halfway through 1L year. If you asked me on August 29th of this year if I truly knew what I was getting myself into, I would have confidently said, “Law school has been the goal for years, so let’s go!” It’s still my dream to be here, but the realities of 1L year have settled in.

Everyone says taking your time to transition and taking care of yourself are the keys to surviving 1L year. If you’re like me, you’ve read countless blogs, Pinterest boards, tumblrs (if that still is cool?) on what law school is really like. Here’s a list of what worked for me this semester, but the biggest secret is finding what works for you when it comes to work-life balance.  Read on to find out how I’ve survived so far.

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Choosing Your First Co-op and How To Get There

By Destini M. Agüero, Assistant Director, Center for Co-op & Professional Advancement

When it comes to finding the right first co-op, it is important to use all the resources at your disposal, and one place you should always start with is the Center for Co-op & Professional Advancement, commonly known as “CCOPA.” Read on to learn about the different ways we can help you find your first co-opContinue reading

Say Hello Early and Often

By Alvin ’18

One, if not the only, job at law school is to get the best grades possible. I could stop the blog there, but the reality is there are a ton of other moving parts to this endeavor. The extras seem hard to fathom when thinking about the task of learning to read, research, and write in a way that may be unfamiliar; but one of the most important of these moving parts is building relationships inside and outside of law school. Some people call it networking, I call it part of your new state of being.

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Programs to Help Students Navigate Co-op & Post-Grad Opportunities

By Tricia Gould, Assistant Director, Center for Co-op & Professional Advancement

One of the most outstanding things about NUSL is the incredibly wide spectrum of experiential learning opportunities available to students when applying for their four co-ops. Having said that, one of the most important tasks for students is to strategically choose among the options – all with an eye towards building a network that will lead to post graduate employment.   Where and how do you begin? Read on to find out.

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