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End of 1L Summer

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Orientation has started, so I guess the summer is officially over.

I’m reliving orientation as an orientation assistant. The law school is really responsive to student feedback, so a lot of the boring and useless things from last year’s orientation were axed. Some of the 1Ls were still bored, but they have no idea how much better their orientation is.

Besides an awkward, overlong vegetable analogy, orientation has gone well. None of the speakers said anything crazy and none of the 1Ls irreparably embarrassed themselves. I think asking for anything more is unrealistic.

We even did a quick etiquette session in my orientation group where the other orientation leaders and I told the 1Ls how not to be obnoxious.


The top 5  “DO NOT” items on our list:

  • Don’t correct your peers or your professor in class.
  • Don’t play video games or watch youtube videos during class.
  • Don’t skip, or come in late every day.
  • Don’t (for the love of god) raise your hand when someone else is called on.
  • Don’t be rude to the secretaries or administrators, because they will talk about you.

I figure if my 1Ls can avoid doing those five things, they’ll be fine.


I thought about writing a grand “1L summer retrospective” post, but that would be duplicative of my “one year in Minnesota” post and way too exhausting to do right now, so, quickly, the highlights of summer:

The summer was hilarious, but I’m ready to start the school year.
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1L Summer Summaries

Best Summer Ever: Week 7

The themes of the past week? Work, fireworks, dog drama, cleaning, and crunk cyclists.

Oh, and birthday festivities.  Pictures:

First off we have the awkward retro-kids who roamed into the hiphop room of the gay club:

Gay 90's Minneapolis

And some vogue or…erm, whatever this is:

Gay 90's Minneapolis

And Jack and his boyfriend John:

Gay 90's Minneapolis

Oh, and we saw Borat roaming downtown Minneapolis… pictures and video after the jump, which are not school/work safe:
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Best Year Ever: Outline of 1L Spring Semester

I think this is what they call closure.

So much happened spring semester. I started the semester in this weird place between college and “adulthood” – buses, cafes, living in a frat house in the UMN student village –shuffling to school through snow and ice

And then things changed, very quickly.

I moved into my first apartment, got my first car loan, a dog, my first legal-field job…and, and, and…

Where I am right now is closer to how imagined law school during my senior year of college actually.

My career counselor at the law school asked me if I thought the blog will ruin my chances of getting hired at a prestigious law firm. I’m really not worried about it. If ATL can recognize that most of my posts are mundane, then so will most employers.

They’ll probably appreciate the full disclosure and trust I won’t share the dog stories with the clients, or the client’s stories with my readers.

This summer I’m working, petitioning, taking classes, and training the MTC marathon. We’ll see how this goes…

And as promised, an outline of my 1L spring semester is after the jump.

I’ll parrot what I wrote for the fall outline:
This will hopefully provide an overview of the year and make my archives more accessible. The bullet points are linked to posts. This outline is not exhaustive, but hits the highlights of the year.
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Best Year Ever: Outline of Fall Semester

Blogging is a cumulative thing. And times like this, it is awesome to have a blog because I just finished my first year of law school and I have a record of my year. I forgot about most of the things I wrote about, and it’s nice to have a record somewhere.

So yes, I’m sitting here with a diet A&W and paging1 through my archives (cue the Wonder Years theme song) and I must say, my first year of law school was an extremely fun and hilarious experience.

An outline of fall semester is after the jump. The bullet points are linked to posts. This will hopefully provide an overview of the year and make my archives more accessible. This outline is not exhaustive, but hits the highlights of the year.

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