Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Appeal of the Evening Division

By Yungmoon, 2E

In my last post, I revealed I don't even have time to listen to Taylor Swift in the car, opting for audio files of cases due for class instead. So you may be asking yourself why the evening program appeals to students.

- For starters, the entire evening program is half the size of one day section. The classes are intimate, and since you'll all go to Sonia's to watch Monday Night Football between class, you will quickly figure out who also roots for your beloved Patriots.

- The school is extraordinarily accommodating for 1Es. Student group events are held at 5:00. Professors hold late office hours. Sonia's Cafe stays open through the break between classes so you can grab a late dinner (and even bring food to class if you're running late).

- Evening Student Bar Association (ESBA) focuses solely on the needs of the evening students. Whether it's organizing turf club, getting dinner catered, or providing awesome Juris Nocturnis tshirts, this group is committed to improving the quality of life for every one of our evening students.

- The evening program can be done in 3.5 years (instead of 3), and you have the opportunity to participate in externships in your latter years while attending school at night.

- I go to bed every night feeling like I've truly earned it. I'm at a point where I physically and mentally have nothing left to give, and it is extremely fulfilling. The old Irish saying goes, "This is a day in our lives, and it will not come again." Being an evening student ensures I haven't left anything on the table when the day is gone.

- Besides the obvious monetary benefit, working gives you perspective. Having something different to do during the day prevents you from being entirely consumed by law school. Think of law school as a goldfish that will grow as big as the bowl it lives in. Limiting school to a portion, and not the entirety of your life, is a healthy safety valve.

At least for me, the evening program is a great fit and I love the opportunities Loyola provides to evening students.

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