Devon Blevins

1L Year


October/November

October and November have both been very busy months, and now exams are only four weeks away. Time has flown by, and it’s time to dive deep into exam preparation and studying. It’s important to balance ongoing class preparation with exam preparation, and both are very important. So far, I’ve been doing well at managing my time, but I finally feel the pressure of being a 1L approaching exams. Overall, I still enjoy law school, though! I can’t believe how much I’ve learned and how much I’ve grown professionally. In particular, I have been exposed to numerous practice areas through student organizations, networking and other events, and speaking with 2Ls and 3Ls. Even better, I’m always learning about new opportunities for internships, externships, and other ways to spend my summer. I already have a few opportunities I plan to apply for later this semester. The Center for Professional Development (CPD) has been very helpful so far, and I already have an appointment scheduled to discuss summer opportunities. One of my favorite things about Seattle University School of Law is the care and attention faculty and staff place on professional development, as well as assisting students in gaining meaningful employment. I know Seattle University cares about my success, and that makes a huge difference.

In addition to exam preparation, I’ve been busy as an active member of several student organizations. I always encourage my classmates to join organizations related to their interests because there is so much to gain from membership. Student organizations offer networking and professional development opportunities, valuable information and resources related to employment or internship opportunities, and the wealth of knowledge had by other students. I learn so much from talking to people who have been in law school and have experienced what I’m experiencing now. It also helps me to realize that I am secure in my career choice. I am excited for the future and look forward to being a (hopefully) successful labor and employment attorney, but I’m also excited what law school has in store for me. I am here to enjoy the experience as much as I am here to find success in a legal career. It’s possible to have both! My biggest piece of advice for anyone in law school or thinking of going to law school is to enjoy it; you’re only here for three years. In the grand scheme of things, that’s not long at all!

September

I can’t believe it’s already October! I’ve now been a full-time law student for a grand total of seven weeks, but it has been a very full and engaging seven weeks. Most of this time has been spent reading, briefing cases, and preparing for class. I already had my first midterm (in Civil Procedure), and I have another one later this month. I feel positive about both, which I can contribute to hard work and support from my classmates and professors.

In addition to my classes, I’ve been exploring some of the organizations and opportunities available to students. I’ve become involved in several student organizations that I’m very excited about. These include Women’s Law Caucus, Phi Alpha Delta, Labor and Employment Law Association, and Public Interest Law Foundation. Each has a very special purpose that I enjoy. Women’s Law Caucus and Phi Alpha Delta are amazing opportunities to gain networking experience and develop friends and connections I’m sure will last throughout law school and beyond. Labor and Employment Law Association, for which I serve as Director of Membership, is such a great group to be involved in as someone whose career interests are in labor and employment law. Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) does amazing work, too. I’m very social justice minded, so I wanted to get involved in anything dedicated to promoting careers in public interest law or doing work for vulnerable populations. I serve as the Section C Representative for PILF, and in relation to my interests in public interest, I’ve become involved with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) on their policy committee. It’s wonderful to be at a law school with so many opportunities for individuals interested in social justice and public interest law. In fact, there’s a wonderful First Year Fellows program with the Access to Justice Institute, and I just found out today that I was accepted!

Last but not least, I was recently accepted to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Board. There was a very real-world application and interview process that was not only good practice for professional interviewing, but also a fun process that introduced me to veteran board members. I’ve enjoyed the many events organized by ADR, including competitions and social events. I have also loved getting to know everyone, and I know this is a great addition to my resume. I’m trying to be very forward thinking so I can set myself up for finding a job after graduation, but I also want to grow my network. ADR, as well as many other organizations I’m involved in, are perfect for these goals. There are so many opportunities here at Seattle University School of Law, and I look forward to seeing what happens next!