One of the remarkable aspects of law school is how time flies. As I have stated before, from personal experience I am not positive that “time flies when you are having fun” is the perfect phrase to describe law school; instead, I mostly attribute the time-flying phenomenon to “busy-ness.”
With that in mind, today is a rather significant day for our first-year students because of the distribution of the open memo assignment from their Legal Research and Writing (“LRW”) professors. This project is the most intense LRW project of the semester, and in fact, will serve as the conclusion to the fall semester course. The students have three weeks to complete the assignment while keeping up with their other courses (Civil Procedure, Contracts, and Torts).
So the next three weeks will be full, and why I find today so significant is that once the students emerge for air in three weeks, they will notice that only one week of classes remain — and that final exams are truly upon them.
Not that the semester has been a cakewalk up until now, but in reality, today marks the day for our first-year students to buckle in and get ready for the crazy roller coaster ride to the finish!
For family and friends, you may not see your student as much for the rest of the semester. Just tell them that you are rooting for them and let them do the work we all know they have the ability to do. Again, from personal experience, I can assure you that winter break will be here before they know it!
Assistant Dean for Student Life