Monday, October 21, 2019


There is a saying that 1L year they scare you to death, 2L year they work you to death, and 3L year they bore you to death. I can’t speak to 3L year and 1L year was scary but I made a ton of great friends who helped me through it. What they say about 2L year though is spot on!

Hello lovely readers. For those who don’t know me from my blogging escapades last year, my name is Alex Verdegem and I’m now a 2L at Loyola Law School. Since the last time I wrote, A LOT has changed. I earned a summer position at Goodkin APC in Century City working on real estate litigation, I wrote onto Loyola’s International & Comparative Law Review, I made Loyola’s nationally ranked Byrne Trial Advocacy Team, and I made it to my second year of law school! Needless to say, it’s been a busy summer and, since the start of school, the workload has only increased. That’s law school though and I really wouldn’t have it any other way.

Unlike 1L year, my class schedule is mine to control. Right now, I’m literally in class, reading, or writing 12+ hours per day, 7 days per week. Weekends are filled with trial ad practice trials, critiques and constant rewrites of our case. I’m taking two required “Bar” courses as well as prepping for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, the attorney ethics test, in November. Finally, I’m the Internal Chair of the Real Estate Law Society in change of 1L representatives and I’m the Treasurer for the Loyola Wine & Spirits Legal Society. On any given day, it’s not hard to find more work that needs to get done J

Why am I doing all of this? Because I enjoy all of it and it was my goal to be involved as heck during my 2L year! I was so impressed with all that Loyola had to offer during my 1L year that I wanted to dig in and take advantage all the opportunities that surround me. The coaches on Byrne are tough but I know they can help me if I put in the work. The law review is full the most interesting and intelligent people I’ve met here. My classes and my professors were all my choice. And of course, the Real Estate Law Society and Wine and Spirits just bring me joy. For me, 2L year has been a chance to take control and decide where I want to go. And I decided to jump in head first.