Joe Wright

2L Year


The months of November and December were almost entirely dedicated to finals and my last Legal Writing 2 assignment.

Finals were a little different this semester than first year. For one thing, I had less. During 1L year, I generally had four finals, but this year I had only three. Two of my three finals were also “open note,” an increase from last year. Because of this, I spent much more time preparing my outlines than I did last year, because I knew that I could bring them into the final with me. I also enjoyed the subject matter more this semester, in part because I was allowed to choose some of my classes, and I simply enjoyed my required courses, like Constitutional Law, more than other required 1L coursework. I also felt more comfortable because I’ve had a full year of finals already and had less fear of the unknown than my first two semesters. Overall, I enjoyed finals this year much more than during 1L year.

Likewise, I found Legal Writing 2 to be very enjoyable both because I got to begin oral advocacy, which I find to be exciting, and because performance in the course pre-qualifies you for the school wide appellate argument competition. Because I found oral argument to be very exciting, I not only enjoyed doing it for the class, I was also motivated to do well to compete further.

Overall, the end of the semester was very exciting and enjoyable. I was relieved when it was over because I used the long break to relax, travel and spend time with my family. The remainder of the month of December was very enjoyable and served to recharge me for the next semester.


Classes are back in full swing, 2L year is underway! It definitely feels good to be back at school and getting into the rhythm of 2L year. This year feels different than 1L year for a lot of reasons. During 1L year, I found myself spending a lot of time learning how to do just about everything for the first time. This time around, I feel more comfortable with most of what I’m doing, there’s just a lot more to do. I find myself spending just as much if not more time on projects outside of the classroom than classes and homework. I’m only taking four classes this semester, rather than the five I took each semester of 1L year. I’m also involved in a lot more- Law Review, Labor and Employment Law Association, a research Assistant position, and a few other things. Needless to say, there’s always something to do.

Most of my time is spent researching, editing and writing for any of the above projects. The workload is definitely more than 1L year, but its much more enjoyable, because I’m getting to focus for the first time on the areas of the law that interest me most. This makes the work engaging and rewarding. This month for example, I had the opportunity to select my own topic for my Law Review article, which was exciting, and I got the opportunity to research and edit a professor’s work on a local legal issue with national implications that I’m extremely interested in: the Seattle Ordinance allowing Uber drivers to unionize. I’m sure the coming months will bring more opportunities to dig even deeper into the issues that I care about. I’m excited to keep at it!

1L Year


March was a typical mid semester month. Classes, networking, and study groups. Spring semester is a little different because we have more assignments due during the semester. This month we had two simulations in Introduction to practice, and a memo for legal writing. In ITP, we simulated a client counselling and a commercial lease negotiation. Both required a good amount of preparation, but were very exciting to execute. The simulations provide us an opportunity to utilize the skills we’ve learned over the semester against our peers in a fun environment. Each simulation follows the same fact pattern of a commercial leasing process. Next up we have a simulated mediation to decide whether the Landlord or Tenant is required to pay for improvements to make the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It should be fun!

March is also the month where many people choose to run for positions with student organizations. I chose to run for positions in the Labor and Employment Law Association and Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. Running for a position requires a letter of intent describing why you are interested in the position and a resume. In many ways, it’s like applying for a job except, instead of an interview, there is a election. It’s a little stressful, but hopefully will be rewarding in the end!


December and January were busy months! As the first semester came to a close, my classmates and I had our first experience with law school final examinations. Finals were challenging, and a little stressful. For two of my classes, the final examination counted for 100% of my grade. For the other two, it counted for 80-85% of my grade. Understanding this importance, my study group and I made a study plan for the month leading into exams and stuck to it! We prioritized taking examinations from past years under the same conditions we would take the final itself. The practice really helped us to get into a rhythm and all of us were happy with our performance on examination day.

After finals, we took our well-deserved winter break. Although it was nice to step away from daily class work, there was still more work to do. Winter break is when many of us began applying for summer internships. Seattle University does a great job connecting us with potential employers, but it’s still a lot of work to draft applications and cover letters for each position, and to keep track of the deadlines for applications, which are sometimes due before the start of the new semester. I applied to seven labor union friendly organizations through the Peggy Browning Fund, which was recommended to me by 2L and 3L students who had already done the program. I was pleased to get an interview with Service Employees International Union in Washington DC, and a subsequent summer internship offer. Getting a job early in the semester is a real relief and takes something off my plate to allow me to focus on classes.

We’re now started our second semester. Having a break was wonderful, but its refreshing to see all the friends that I’ve made during my first semester again. We have two new classes: Intro to practice and property. While it was a little tough getting back into a rhythm after break, I’m feeling pretty well adjusted now. The new subject matter is very interesting and I’m excited for another semester!!


Wow! September and October have been a whirlwind of adjustment to life as a full time law student! I’ve spent most of my time focusing on how best to study and prepare for my classes and what organizations I should get involved with.

On the academic front, I’ve gotten accustomed to doing A LOT of reading in preparation for class. Most of my reading consists of numerous cases that are designed to show us how courts are applying the different things we are learning in practice, and get us accustomed to how the court sometimes makes new rules that are binding on future decisions. Once we get into class the professor will usually “cold call” somebody to discuss the case. Because different professors have different things that they focus on, I’ve developed a different “brief” for each class. The brief is just a summary of information about a case that I expect the professor to ask me about. Having this handy makes it much easier to discuss the case in class, even if it does require more time than simply reading the case.

All of my classes have already had midterm examinations as well. I will admit that I was a little worried coming into Law School and hearing that nearly all of our grade will be based on one test at the end of the term. I was concerned that I would not know how well I was doing and would therefore have difficulty studying. I’m glad that our professors are giving us the opportunity to test our test taking skills before the final examination. It really helps to focus my study group!

I’ve also chosen to get involved in multiple student organizations since arriving here. I chose the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. ADR Board application was a tough process, we had to submit an application with a resume, from the applications, the Board selected about half of us to proceed forward with an interview, and then selected about half of the people who interviewed to join the board. I’ve already participated in multiple events since joining the board. The events give me a great chance to interact with practicing attorneys and to seek advice and mentorship from older students. Being involved in these student organizations gives me a smaller community within the larger community of Seattle University Law that really helps me feel at home. It’s an investment of time (which is always limited!), but definitely worth it!