Cloie Chapman

1L Year


These last two months have been pretty wild! Finals preparation began in November, which meant reviewing the material we have covered while also learning a few new concepts before exams began. This required an adjustment in my study schedule but I managed to strike a balance and figure out the best way to study for each course. I even used flashcards for a class, something that I haven’t done since high school!

I turned 23 in the beginning of November and managed to take a weekend trip up north to Bellingham, the place where I have been living for the past five years. It was nice to get out of the city for a bit before starting to think about finals.

Thanksgiving break offered some time to relax and unwind before the stress of finals kicked in. I got to catch up with my family and of course enjoy all of the classic Thanksgiving foods!

After the short break, I only had two more weeks and four finals between myself and almost an entire month off from school. Fortunately for me, SU does a nice job of spreading out the 1L finals schedule so I had plenty of time in between each final to rest my brain. These finals were much longer than what I experienced in undergrad, my longest exam took four hours and ten minutes! I made it a priority to take care of myself – spend time outside, eat good food, and get as much sleep as I could. I think this allowed me to remain focused on my finals without becoming completely stressed out.

After finals, I stuck around the area since I am from a town just outside Seattle. It was great to keep my mind off of school for almost a month and spend quality time with family and friends. I’m excited to start the next semester and begin applying to summer internships!


It is finally starting to feel like Fall in Seattle! We’ve been spoiled with some beautifully sunny days which I won’t complain about, but I will say that I’ve missed the cooler weather a bit. All of the leaves have changed colors which is possibly my favorite thing about this season.

I’ve made it through all of my midterms and am starting to meet with my teachers to see how I can improve when finals come around. All of my professors are happy to help and have provided some very useful feedback. I think I’ve gotten into a good rhythm with my schoolwork and my midterms showed that. We have about a month between now and finals so I’m working on outlines and flashcards.

I am still slowly eating my way through the neighborhood and it is quite a challenge. I already have a few favorite spots but almost every time I walk around the area I find a new spot that I want to try. From what I can tell most of them are college-budget friendly, which is awesome.

I have found that there is still plenty of time for fun if I stay organized! I recently went to a Sounders game – the energy is incredible! It helped that we won. I was also able to enjoy my favorite holiday, Halloween, by volunteering at a show called Freaknight. It’s a huge event held at WaMu Theater, which is connected to Century Link Field. I’m so glad that my schedule allowed me to take some time off from school to work this event because volunteering at these events is something I am really passionate about.

Although it is only the beginning of Fall, I am starting to think about my plans for the summer. There are some incredible internship and externship opportunities and we have great support from the Center for Professional Development, so I am excited about my options.


I can’t believe I am already a month into my first year of law school. When I started in late August, I had been out of school for over a year and had no idea how I was going to manage going back. I never could have imagined how much I would be supported here at Seattle U, let alone how much I would enjoy doing homework again!

It’s a great feeling to be back in Seattle – I had been living in Bellingham for the past 5 years and missed being close to my family in Issaquah. It is definitely a huge adjustment to move to a city as large as Seattle, but it the activity here is endless. I have unlimited access to incredible food, music, and art. There is always something to do on the weekends granted I get all of my studying done!

In addition to all that there is to do in Seattle, there are so many fun things happening on campus. I recently joined the Asian and Pacific Islander Law Student Association, APILSA, and attending a Happy Hour hosted by the Asian Bar Association of Washington. These groups have provided the great opportunity to meet others in the API community and I have really enjoyed getting the chance to network with attorneys. I plan on attending as many networking events as I can in an effort to grow my network and meet more people who share my passion for social justice.

I’m excited to see what the rest of the semester holds and I am especially looking forward to the change in seasons because that means I get to break out all of my boots and sweaters!