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.

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