I want to tell you all the secrets. Law school will create moments in your daily life where your soul is crushed. Everything may suck, and you’ll remember this advice (which you skimmed, but really should have read in great detail. Here’s the advice that counts, matters, and may quite possibly save you a load of heartache. No one likes a know it all. Especially when you’re the type to rub…Continue reading
Prepping for classes is one of my absolute fave activities, in the history of – well – ever. When I was teaching, I had even more fun shopping for school supplies because I got to buy loads of stuff! Filling up a basket with notecards, the perfect pens, binders, and mechanical pencils is soooo much fun. Staying organized (and color-coded) is one way through which I fuel my studies. Getting ready for law…Continue reading
Working in the law library is a great way to EARN while you LEARN!
Law school is three years of your life. Time will both speed by you and also draaaaaag on (especially when you’re in that 2pm CivPro class, and the tryptophan from your turkey sandwich hits you). The funny thing about time in law school is that you never seem to have enough. Your class reading assignments take time, the assignments take time, your family or significant other takes time –…Continue reading
As a 2L, I feel it’s my duty to give you advice I wish I’d known through 1L. Your first year in law school is going to be hectic, and everyone will experience the learning curve. But, I’m here to share a few tips. These are some of the best tools I found throughout the year, and I personally believe (if you set up your study schedule and plan…Continue reading
Right now it doesn’t feel real. It hasn’t sunk in that in just about a month, you will begin your first year as a law student. By now you’ve received your information on orientation or Fundamentals week, and you likely attended a new student event (or two). Before classes begin, take some time to set your priorities. I honestly only completed these six tasks before enjoying the rest of my…Continue reading
You just spent an entire year drilling legal theories, concepts, terminology, and cases into your gloriously gyrificated brain. You’ve studied for several years to get to this moment — accepting an unpaid internship. Make no mistake about it, working this hard, only to spend 140 hours of your much-deserved summer, is a hard pill to swallow. But you know what? You secured an internship! That’s freaking fantastic! There’s a heap…Continue reading
Learning to find your balance is a struggle, made only more difficult by attempting to reach your happy place, while putting your mind through grueling law school courses. You may find yourself asking “how does everyone make it look so easy?” The best answer I can give you is this – they’re great actors. Let’s be clear – law school is a drama-filled think tank with the best and brightest…Continue reading
[I wrote this piece for the UNTDCOL Library Blog, and wanted to include it here as well.]
Studying Law is akin to quenching your thirst – mouth wide open, excitedly expecting a trickle of water from a fountain, only you end up on the receiving end of an open fire hydrant. Standing there, continuing to gulp down the torrent of water, is what separates your undergraduate years from your law school ones. Now, imagine working hard to get through doctrinal classes while balancing your extra-curricular activities, networking events, and (required) community service hours, with the near-constant fear that all this work may be for naught. That would be 1L of an experience, right? Well, that was our reality.
The third entering class at UNT Dallas College of Law walked through the doors last August, practically buzzing from excitement. We knew the risk of choosing this particular institution – not being accredited is a harsh place to stand. We shared the gut-wrenching disappointment with our upper classmen when we were denied provisional accreditation last October. Some of our classmates opted to leave in favor of establishing themselves at another schools. Most of us stuck around, and for good reason.
Studying at UNT Dallas College of Law is more than memorizing cases and being the gunner in the classroom, because there is a sense of competitive cooperation that runs rampant through these halls. Our faculty and staff push us to not only learn the concepts of law, but to apply them in the real world. We are immersed, daily, in what the legal profession expects us to be – considerate, competent, and professional practitioners. There are countless opportunities to continue perfecting our knowledge and skill-sets. This institution breaks with convention, pairing traditional legal concepts with an innovative practical application requirement. We effectively learn the iterative legal process where we learn to apply what we know and aim for progress, while striving for perfection.
The ideas pioneered here finally earned recognition. The American Bar Association extended provisional accreditation this June. This means all students (including those who just graduated) can sit for the Texas Bar Exam for the next three years. We breathed a collective sigh of relief and cheered when the news broke. That pressure rested on our entire law school family, but none more than the 3L class.
Observing our graduates from the circulation desk, hyper-focused on bar-prep, I am confident their efforts will be rewarded. They paved the way for my class, and will continue to pave the way as our alumni. I am proud to have chosen to attend UNT Dallas College of Law, and I hope you are too. We have come a long way in these last three years, working to balance the legal needs of the Dallas community with the school’s approach and vision.
Some of us may run for political office, hang our own shingle, or even take the bench. With the support Dallas has given, UNT Dallas College of Law is the premier location for your law school education. An outsider no more, now – she’s the prettiest girl at the dance.
Choosing to attend law school is a monumental decision. I’d say deciding to apply, putting yourself through an LSAT exam (and all the crap that entails), applying to multiple programs (if you’re a bit more Type-A, like myself), and impatiently waiting on acceptance/rejection letters (then ugly-snot-crying your way through reading them) takes a whole heap of effort. Therefore, your want/need/desire to attend law school is enough of a motivator…Continue reading