Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I LOVE Loyola

There is so much to love about Loyola. For one, the campus environment is great and I love that we have such a tight-knit community. It makes all of the difference when you’re trying to develop relationships with your classmates because our classes are not so large that it’s impossible. I also like it because we get to interact with people who are all at different stages in their law school education (first years, second years, evening students, etc.) on a campus entirely dedicated to the law school. I also truly appreciate the faculty at Loyola. They’re incredibly supportive and always accessible for students. Many faculty are also interested in a lot of cutting-edge areas of the law, which gives students the ability to learn about new and exciting things that we may not otherwise get to learn about.

I think all of these things are fairly unique to Loyola, at least in terms of the law schools in Los Angeles. Loyola also has a very respected name in the community and strong alumni network that I really appreciate and have done my best to take advantage of.

Monday, March 23, 2020

I LOVE Loyola

In February we celebrate Valentine’s Day. While most take the day to let their family and friends know how much they love and appreciate them, Valentine’s Day, and February in general, is as good a time as ever to reflect on other things we “love.” Although school isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind, Loyola has provided me with so much that I feel the need to talk about just some of the things that I really appreciate about Loyola.

First and foremost, the academic and experiential opportunities at Loyola are second to none. Coming to Loyola, I wasn’t entirely sure what practice area I wanted to pursue. I had some exposure to different practice areas while working in house after my 1L year but wanted to know more to make an informed decision about my future. From a class on the newest California Consumer Privacy Act to a forward-looking class on Electronic Discovery, Loyola continues to provide students with opportunities to explore new topics, always keeping up with the latest changes in the law.

One of my favorite parts of being at Loyola is the hands-on experience that students are offered. In fact, this was one of the main reasons that I wanted to transfer to Loyola. For example, most students participate in one of Loyola’s many clinics. During my time at Loyola, I was involved in the Conciliation and Mediation Assistance Clinic (CMAC) at Loyola’s Center for Conflict Resolution. This particular clinic teaches student about the mediation process and gives them the chance to do real community mediations and conciliations at the Center for Conflict Resolution. Since mediation is an integral part of the litigation process, I now have more insight into the process and its impact on a case.

There is so much more I love about my school because Loyola really has done so much for me over the past two years. From the world class faculty to classes on the most relevant legal topics, it is no wonder that Loyola attracts the best and brightest.

Monday, March 16, 2020

What You Need to Know About Loyola Faculty

Being in my third year of law school, I’ve had my fair share of experiences and encounters with the faculty. Here’s a list of the top seven things I’ve learned that you need to know about Loyola’s Faculty:

1) They have an open door policy, which means that they are accessible in more than one way or another to meet with you to go over your past exams, answer questions about lecture, or even just talk about their career path and how they got to where they are. This might seem very trivial, but in fact, it’s SO IMPORTANT. Professors know they can be intimidating, so they want you to feel comfortable to come to them to ask for help when you need it.

2) They want to get to know you! I remember during my 1L year, my criminal law professor held lunch breaks with groups of his students. We would eat lunch together outside Robinson Courtroom and share stories about ourselves and listen to how he got to where he is today.

3) Some of them are Loyola alumni too so they know a lot about the hidden gems on campus and can even relate to that one exam from that one particular professor. They’ve been through it!

4) Some of them are full-time professors while others are still practicing attorneys on the side. The latter have their day job and night job, which makes for some interesting conversations and eye-opening perspectives of what it is to be an attorney today.

5) They have cool hobbies outside of lawyering or being your professor just like you and me! In addition to being a practicing attorney beyond Loyola, some professors have fun hobbies like performing in a band, watching movies, or attending Coachella. While professors can be intimidating or appear intense, it’s always so cool to learn about what else they are passionate about and/or interested in.

6) Some of them, if not all of them, are experts in their field!!! They are people who have written your textbooks, drafted that treatise that you resort to when you’re doing legal research, worked with prominent judges, written amicus curiae in support of issues that are highly debated, served as correspondents on news outlets, etc. They are very well experienced in what they do and are passionate about it too!

7) From professors to the counselors to the people who staff the library and every other facility on campus, they care about students and fostering a creative, professional, and encouraging environment. Most importantly, they are genuinely interested in making sure that you thrive at Loyola and are able to pursue your interests and achieve your dreams. Whether it’s by reviewing your resume, giving you academic or professional feedback, or being a networking connection to someone in the industry, they go above and beyond to make sure you have the tools you need to get to where you want to go and be who you want to be.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Feel the Byrne

One of the great things about Loyola is the accessibility of the faculty. Every professor has office hours each week for their students to drop by to ask questions and get some extra practice with concepts discussed in class. As a 1L, I was free to take advantage of office hours pretty regularly. A group of students actually had several Q&A sessions with our Contracts professor, Prof. Hull, over margaritas at El Cholo!

This year has been a bit different. The Byrne Trial Advocacy team takes a lot of time away from my schedule – either because of practices, reading our case fact pattern, or writing scripts. That being said, the Byrne coaches are some of most amazingly open and accessible people at Loyola. Most of the Byrne coaches aren’t official members of the faculty. They’re practicing attorneys who freely volunteer hours and hours of their time and expertise to help the students.

This semester, my coaches are Roxanna Manuel, Gagan Batthe, and Nadine Kendry. All of them are Loyola alums and also former Byrne team members. For general questions on evidence, case themes and theories, the team has a text message group that always seems to be buzzing. For more specific questions about writing, we can email any coach, day or night, and the coaches will usually respond by the next day. And of course, they are almost always available to talk in person about how to refine your case. In short, if you need to ask anything about trying a case or about crafting an argument, Byrne coaches are one of the best resources Loyola has to offer.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Building Relationships With Faculty

Loyola’s faculty members are some of the most available professors that I’ve ever had. Each class that I’ve taken, the professor has made themselves available to students for anything from questions about the course material to advice for their careers.

In my first and second years of law school, I was able to build relationships with almost all of my professors. I think that I didn’t do as much of this in the first semester of my third year only because I didn’t take professors up on the time that they offered. However, even during the time that I didn’t take advantage of my professor’s offers, I still appreciated that they were so accessible and genuinely cared about how students felt approaching them about course material and anything else they might want advice on.

Monday, March 9, 2020

4 Reasons Why You Need Study Groups



  1. You don't always understand things right (even though you may think you do)
    • It is so easy to misinterpret a rule of law, but that will not happen if three people are working together.
  2. Venting about law school with people that know what you are going through is key to success.
    • We all need to vent about the Rule Against Perpetuities, am I right? Why 21 years? Just why?
  3. Our Notes are 70 percent of the time not complete. Meaning all information is welcome!

  4. Not every class is your "forte," and that is fine. It just means you should take all the help that you can.
    • We are not perfect. Some don't get torts, and others do not understand property. But if your friend understands property and not torts, you can help each other and vice-versa
  5. Who doesn’t need friends?
    • Your study buddies will become your friends, and law school friends are for life.


Friday, March 6, 2020

Study Groups: The Life-rafts of Law School

* This sometimes what your reading load feels like: overwhelming. And I may look happy in this picture but it’s what we call “smiling through the pain” *

I’ll admit it. When reading the posts from last years’ bloggers talking about how important study groups are in law school, I huffed and thought “I don’t need anybody. I’m a lone wolf. Always have been; always will be.” Oh wow, was I wrong.

I have never been a group studier. I get distracted with other people and want to talk to them about things other than the work at hand; or I feel too awkward to say anything. But in law school, a study group is a lifeline you’ll be glad to have. Law school is all about “teasing things out” which means that you need to get a group of people together and talk about all the things that happened in class. My study group goes over hypos from class or ones we thought of on our own. We help fill in the gaps for each other when the professor was talking to fast to get it all down. Learning the law, much like making the law, is a group effort.

I feel really lucky because my section has pretty nice and approachable people in it, which makes our class-time and subsequent study-time a pretty relaxed and productive environment. We’re all trying to get through it and helping each other out is really making the process more bearable.

With a crazy workload and dense material that can sometimes be overwhelming, it’s so nice to have a group of people who can help support you both intellectually and emotionally. Unfortunately, unless you’ve been to law school, it’s really hard to understand what it’s like to live the experience. Being in a steady group throughout the year that truly understands your struggles and successes is so important to maintaining at least a little sanity through this process. I’ll end this post with a shout out to both my study group and my section: you guys rock!

I’ll see you in the next one,

Kelsey


Kelsey’s Club: A Good Place to Read a (Case)Book
  • Nimbus Coffee
  • Philz Coffee
  • Groundwork Coffee
  • CafĂ© Mak
  • Brick and Scones

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Decisions, Decisions

In my last blog post I talked about how hard it was to decide to postpone my Evidence final after my grandma passed away. Thankfully I don’t have to face decisions like that every day but there are plenty of other important but thankfully less serious decisions that I’ve had to make – for example, deciding what classes to take. There are so many options it can be overwhelming. You have to research professors, talk to people who have already taken the course, and figure out your schedule. You may, like me, also want to register for one of Loyola’s many Concentration programs, adding one more layer of complexity to the decision-making process.

Before I started school, I worked for an attorney named Barry Freeman at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell. I knew I wanted to learn about real estate law but he advised to take corporate law classes too because “they would be usefully in wherever you end up practicing.” So far, he’s been 100% right, so I recently committed to pursue one of Loyola’s ten JD Concentrations – Corporate Law.

First, you don’t need to worry about Concentrations right away. You can’t even sign up for one until your 2L year. You also don’t NEED to do a Concentration. Aside from in-depth course work and showing off to potential employers, completing a Concentration just means you get an extra note on your transcript after graduation. I was recently talking to an alum who astutely told me “I didn’t do a Concentration. My Concentration was to pass the bar exam.”

If you do decide to pursue a Concentration, the registration process is very easy (at least for Corporate): just go onto the Loyola website in your 2L year (here is a link to Loyola’s Concentrations), follow the link to whichever Concentration you want, and complete a Registration form…that’s it! Every Concentration has a list of course requirements that you need to take. The Concentration advisors can help you navigate how to structure your coursework and progress.

This semester, my courses for the Corporate Concentration are Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Business Strategy for Lawyers, and Cannabis Law. I was originally in Bankruptcy but I decided to drop it. After going to one class and asking others for advice, I decided that I should first take a course called the Law of Sales or Secured Transactions in Real Property. Unfortunately, neither of those courses fit into my schedule this semester with all my other courses.

I’m also taking one required bar course, Constitutional Law, and I once again have the Byrne Trial Advocacy Team and International Law Review. Byrne is still a huge commitment with 16-24 hours of practice per week (not including reading and writing time), so I not only had to think about fitting classes into my schedule, but I also had to think about when I was going to get in all of my class/practice preparation work done. I can go on and on about picking courses but to wrap things up, my three pieces of advice are: 1) make a hypothetical week into a calendar before you choose your classes and plan your study time, 2) take classes with friends who you can study with (they can help you stick to your study plan), and 3) try not to load everything into 1 or 2 days (trust me, 1-2 classes in a day is way easier than 3-4).

Monday, March 2, 2020

Concentrating on Concentrations

Because it is my last year of law school, there were a lot of things on my mind during the summer before 3L when I was planning my courses. I was constantly thinking:

  • “What classes am I going to take during this last year?”
  • “Do I have enough units to graduate?”
  •  “Did I take enough bar courses?”
  • “Do I have enough time and am I going to finish my entertainment concentration by May?”
  • “Am I taking classes that are interesting to me?”
  • “What am I doing with my life?”
  • “Where did the time go?”

So how did I handle the daunting task of planning out not just one semester but an entire year? Luckily, Loyola has fantastic professors and resources that help you figure this kind of thing out and make sure that you’re on the right track to get everything done before graduation.

The first step was looking at the Loyola “Degree Works” page, which basically operates as a checklist for graduation. It lists things you must complete to graduate, such as the residency requirement, upper division writing, mandatory bar courses that everyone has to take, pro bono hours, experiential learning, minimum GPA, etc. and marks them off as you go or lists them as pending if you are currently registered but haven’t completed at the time of the check. It also lists the requirements for concentrations and tells you what your separate concentration GPA is. 




The second step was creating at least one ideal schedule for the year and at least one back-up. Some courses that I needed for graduation and my concentration were offered either in one semester or both but at different times. Other courses satisfied both the concentration and graduation requirements. The challenge was trying to create a schedule that would allow me to meet the requirements for both and have time to work during the week. I compared the registrar’s present semester’s course offerings list with those from other past semesters to determine which semester I would take which course. Then, I found a schedule-maker online and color-coded the classes that I needed to graduate and satisfy the concentration.

Ideal Schedule:



Back-up Schedule:



The third step was reaching out to Professors Craig and Wells and having them take a look at my ideal and back-up schedules. This was really important for me to do because it’s so easy to get caught up in picking out classes that one minute I’m good with units and the next I’m way over the maximum cap. Such professors or counselors because they can provide their honest opinions regarding whether your ideal schedule is realistic and perfect or if it’s going to be overly-taxing and time-consuming. Another reason to reach out to them is because they’ve dealt with similar issues that inevitably come up with other students in the past and know how to arrive at reasonable solutions.

The final step was actually signing up for the classes at exactly 7:00 am when registration opened and trying to get into as many of the classes I wanted to get into. Sometimes a class is limited to only a handful of students and it fills up before you can register, but that’s why you have back-up schedules and why the registrar creates a running waitlist.

As you can see, the 3L academic schedule that I ended up with consists of taking at least two bar courses every semester and completing the requirements for the transactional entertainment concentration.

Final Fall 2019:



Final Spring 2020:



So take a deep breath, you’ve got nothing to worry about. You’ve got time and access to fantastic people who will help you get everything figured out.

Until next time friends!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Selecting Second And Third Year Elective Courses

The electives that I’ve taken in my second and third year have been some of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in law school yet. I chose my electives based on my interests and Loyola had a great selection of courses for me to explore. To make the most educated decision, though, I cross-referenced resources from the school regarding bar courses and also had to decide whether I wanted to pursue a concentration.

Ultimately, I decided to keep the door open and take courses that satisfy the Civil Litigation Concentration requirements if I decide to pursue the concentration, as well as courses that will prepare me for the bar and my future career in Personal Injury. I was also lucky enough to consult with some professors that I’ve developed relationships with to see what they recommend. All of these resources made it pretty easy to choose my electives and, going into my third year, I’ve even been able to pursue a directed research paper for 2 units.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Selecting Second And Third Year Elective Classes

As intended, 1L courses provide the framework on which law students can build over the rest of their law school careers. While I wasn’t always necessarily the most excited to learn about contract formation or basic civil procedure rules, after going through my next two years of law school, both in the classroom and in the real world, I quickly came to realize how important that foundational knowledge really was.

During my second and third years, however, I was glad to have more latitude in picking my classes. After all, not everyone wants to do the same kind of law and requiring everyone to take the same classes no longer made sense. Coming back from my first-year summer externship, I was pretty sure I wanted to ultimately get into employment law. While I picked most of my classes with that in mind, I also knew that there were some classes that would be helpful for the bar, such as Remedies, Trusts and Wills, and Marital Property.

This semester, I have really been able to home in on my future practice area and am taking Employment Law, Electronic Discovery, and Mediation Advocacy for the Litigator. Working as a law clerk doing employment defense work, I realize the importance of discovery and mediation in the litigation process. Moreover, even though I have learned most of what I know about employment law on the job, I chose to take the Employment Law class to get a better grasp on the black letter law so that I could really understand the intricacies of what I was doing at work. With such a robust schedule of classes, Loyola has something for everyone no matter what practice area you hope to pursue.


Monday, February 24, 2020

My Winter Break

Coming back from winter break was really hard this semester! I struggled a bit to get myself to study hard for exams, but luckily finished out the semester strong and was fairly happy with how everything turned out. I took Evidence in the fall and that final was no joke!

Over this winter break, I continued to work and did end up taking a few days off to visit family out of state with my husband. The one thing that I’ve learned about myself in law school is that I really just need a few days to myself after exams finish to recover and I didn’t take those this time around. When I don’t get those few days to be by myself and do things I enjoy without any commitments, I end up taking time away later on from pressing commitments because I get burned out. Needless to say, it DEFINITELY caught up with me this time around. Going forward, that’s definitely something that I want to work on.

Friday, February 21, 2020

The Most Difficult Finals of My Life

Three semesters down and three to go. It’s actually difficult to wrap my head around but in another year and half, classes will be over, I’ll have graduated and I’ll be finishing up my preparations for bar exam. I’ve been now been through three rounds of finals and there is no doubt that this semester was the toughest yet…and not just because of the course material. The day before my Evidence final, I got a call from my dad that I had been dreading – my grandma passed away earlier that day. I’m still processing it I don’t yet have the words to articulate how I’m feeling but I wanted to make this blog post about my experience handling the death of a close family member in the midst of finals.

My grandma, Marguerite Bivens, passed away on December 5th. I’m eternally grateful that I was able to make time to go visit her just two weeks before it happened. She was in a recovery center after several weeks in the hospital. We had hope that she could recover and we even talked about her coming to live with my parents after she got out to the recovery center. But it wasn’t meant to be. I wasn’t with her when she passed but I understand that she passed peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family.


I used the winter break to actually take a break. I got spend time with Clau, I rested, got back in the water and swam, and reconnected with people I hadn’t seen much of since starting school. I got to spend quality time with friends and family I hadn’t seen in months and even years. Now that the break is over, I’m back for the Spring semester ready to take on more challenges and move forward to finish out the year.

To end things on a positive note, this semester wasn’t all bad news. This past October, Clau and I added member of our small family. We adopted another puppy! His name is Riley and, though he’s a little on the shy side, he’s cute as a button. Hopefully he’ll come out of his shell as he gets used to his new fur-ever home.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Final Exams: Learning How to Deal with Post-Exam Stress


Happy New Year Everyone, I hope final exams treated you well and if not, I hope you realize that it is not the end of the world. Exams are tough, we’ve all felt that nervousness after finishing an exam. Did I do well? Could I have done better? As a third-year law student, I want to tell you that you did everything you could. Also, it is always important to keep in mind that we are graded on a curve. Therefore, you will probably do better than expected and even if you do not, a bad grade is not the end of the world.

One of the best qualities a lawyer can have is to remain cool and collected when times are stressful. As lawyers, we will have to deal with much more stressful things than final exams. Consequently, it is important to learn how to deal with emotions, specifically when pursuing a career in the legal field. As hard as it sounds, it is something that we MUST learn.

I consider myself a very calm person, however, even the most relaxed person can get stressed. When that happens, exercising and hanging out with friends and/or family is very important. Having fun, relaxing, binge watching that show that you’ve been dying to start, and forgetting about how you did or could have done in an exam is NECESSARY. To put it in the legal “lingo,” no reasonable person would worry about the things they cannot change, so why torture yourself? Relax, be proud of your efforts, and acknowledge there is always room for improvement.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Fall Finals Are S(no)w Joke

Hello again, Jury of Peers! Today we’re talking finals, and as the title suggests: they are no joke.

So, you get a reading week; you get four days between finals; and yet, there is no way to prepare for what comes at you. We all studied and studied ad infinitum and still many of us didn’t get the grades we wanted or the grades we are used to. Only the coveted few get the highly reached for A+ grade. Law school finals are a different kind of beast because unlike undergraduate exams, law school finals bite back. I had no idea that wrangling a full-page fact pattern for three hours would completely exhaust me the way it did. After finals ended my study group and I went to get dinner and unpack what had just happened to us over lots of soup dumplings. (Big shout-out to Matthew and Hira!)


Truth be told, during winter break, I really unplugged. I went back home to Las Vegas and I let myself take a break. And I did not let myself feel guilty about vegging out on the couch. I got to see my family and spend time with my best friends from high school. I realize that I won’t have many true breaks left before I enter the working world, so I’m trying to take them in stride.

But what’s next? Spring semester is here and I came back a little less jazzed than I did in fall. But that could just be because I know how tired I’ll be by the end of April. I’m excited to take you on this journey for my second semester of 1L, and as usual, if you see me on campus come over and say hi!

I’ll see you in the next one,

Kelsey

Kelsey’s Club: Post-Finals Food That Heals Your Soul
-Din Tai Fung

Friday, February 14, 2020

My Winter Break

Happy New Year friends and welcome back to the Jury of Peers! School is now officially back in session, but let’s just take this time to revel a little longer in the memory of winter break. Correction: my last winter break EVER!



One thing I noticed about this fall was how different the structure of final exams in upper level classes compared to 1L courses. This fall, my finals consisted of take-home essay exams and bar exam-style multiple choice questions. The take-homes encouraged and allowed me to be more thoughtful and thorough with my responses instead of being frantic or feeling intimated about regurgitating everything I had learned in the semester in a somewhat comprehensible fashion. In contrast, the bar exam-style finals allowed me to work under timed scenarios on the rule application, reading comprehension, and problem-solving skills that are essential to succeeding on the bar. Another noticeable difference from the exam seasons of previous semesters was how spaced out my exams were. Sure I finished finals later then some other students, but I think I was better able to prepare this semester because I was able to focus my attention on which exam was coming up next rather than having everything back-to-back.

Since I am officially one semester away from graduation, I wanted to spend my winter break enjoying my time, focusing on myself, relaxing, and figuring out everything I want to experience and do during my last semester of law school. The last 2.5 years have been action-packed and have gone by in a blur so I wanted to make sure that I was ready to take on the last semester of law school and my educational career. On top of it, this past fall semester was mentally taxing and exhausting due to starting to think about and prepare for the bar next July, working while going to school full-time, commuting (OH THE COMMUTE), making sure I was taking enough classes to finish my transactional entertainment concentration and graduate, planning my last semester of courses, studying and taking finals, etc. etc. etc. Thus, I wanted to spend winter break in the most low-key way possible – with minimal effort, thinking about school, and worrying about everything and anything most of which are inevitably out of my control. My winter break therefore consisted of spending time with loved ones, catching up with friends, sleeping in, watching movies, finding and trying new foods, enjoying the holidays, and basically catching up with everything and everyone that may have taken a backseat during the semester and especially during finals week.





With my first week of the spring semester done, I’m ready to see what’s in store. Until next time friends!


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

My Winter Break

And just like that I’m one semester away from graduating law school! I remember being a first-year law student and seeing the graduation date of “May 2020” and thinking how far away it sounded. It’s hard to believe that in just 5 months I will have completed my legal education and be set to take the July 2020 Bar Exam.

Last semester was probably my favorite semester of law school thus far. My classes were practical and interesting, allowing me to explore non-traditional areas of law, and I was working at a job I really enjoyed. To make things even better, I was fortunate enough to only have two traditional “final exams.” In my Legal Drafting class, our final was to draft a Complaint and in my Disability Rights course I wrote a final paper. As someone who enjoys legal writing and is often overcome by test anxiety, I was excited to have my final assessments structured differently.

After finishing exams and turning in my final assignments, it was time to enjoy winter break. In the few weeks we had off, I traveled, relaxed, and prepared for the upcoming semester. While I didn’t go far, my trips to San Jose and Las Vegas were fun and allowed me to reconnect with friends who I don’t get to see regularly because of our busy schedules.

With two and a half years of legal education under my belt, I think it’s safe to say that I am a different person than when I started law school. As a result of these past few years, I have become a more critical thinker and a more logical person. Contrary to what people may think, however, I also gained a sense of empathy and homed in on my interpersonal skills. Through the various jobs I had during law school, I was able to see the human-interest aspect of the legal field, always keeping in mind that at the end of the day it is someone’s livelihood, well-being, health, or finances on the line.

Monday, February 10, 2020

My Winter Break

My experience with exams this past fall semester was very different than my experience as a 1L. As a 1L you take exams for all of your classes, some of them are midterms and some of them are finals. Nonetheless they all seem equally daunting and terrifying. As a 2L however, I had the opportunity to take classes I was interested in in addition to my required bar courses, and that made the experience more enjoyable. As a 2L, I also had a combination of essay exams, projects and traditional closed-book exams. This definitely alleviated some of the exhaustion I felt as a 1L. Having the ability to switch between memorizing large quantities of information, and essay-writing of narrow prompts definitely provided a different (and welcome) pace to the end of the year exams. What I missed from 1L was the comradery of testing with your section. For me it was nice talking to people who were just as stressed out as me until the very end. Having people to study with and commiserate was such an important part of 1L that I missed it as a 2L. This semester some of my friends were done with exams while I was still in finals mode, so when I went on social media, I saw with a little envy how relaxed they were!

Now at the half-point of law school, it is refreshing to realize that everything has turned out fine. As a 1L, I was definitely panicked about every single thing in law school. Much of the anxiety I felt I believe came from the fact that I was navigating strange waters. As the first in my family to go to law school, everything has been new and unfamiliar. While I am still anxious for what is yet to come, I have definitely learned to let certain things go. I also find it comforting that the last year and half has just flown by. I am looking forward to the next 18 months, as I continue to approach my goal of becoming an attorney.