Noe Merfeld

2L Year


Last semester all of the then 2Ls said that 2L year is by far the most challenging. Well… it’s week 7 and I am here to report back that they are in fact correct! 2L year is dynamic because you get to choose your classes and have more flexibility in how you spend your time. There is not as much pressure to “focus on just school” because hypothetically you have the basics down. But with more freedom comes WAY more responsibility. There are constantly things on my to-do-list between classes, student organizations, on-campus interviewing, and work. Reviewing class material seems impossible because I’m barely keeping up with the material required for class. So far I would compare 2L year to running on a treadmill or a being a hamster on a hamster wheel. As I look ahead in the semester it seems like there won’t be a brief pause for me to catch my breath, so I’m crossing my fingers that more time finds its way into my schedule. Cause at this rate, 2L year is kicking my butt.


It’s officially sweater weather, which means our days of sunlight are over. While I would have liked a few more weeks of crisp fall leaves, this gloomy winter weather indicates that the holidays are almost here! And you know what that means… the end of another semester! To say I’m ready for the end of the semester is an understatement. Law school really tested me these past few weeks between having appellate brief drafts due, planning BLSA’s Halloween Party, preparing for and participating in the in-house mock trial competition, and preparing my street law students for their mock trial competition. On top of that, classes were a drag and didn’t get any easier. But I made it through and onto the other side of October. 2L year remains my hardest year, but I’m hoping that the last couple of weeks was the worst of it. I don’t ever recommend taking 5 classes in a semester on top of extra curriculars. All of the classes that I am taking are great (well, most of them), but it’s a lot to juggle when each professor assigns reading like their class is your only class. So, my registration advice is to consider not only whether or what type of final a class has, but also the amount of reading that will be assigned. Work smarter, not harder.


The end of the semester is finally here! 2L year has been extremely stressful, but I am feeling better this finals season than I was last. I have one closed book final, and the other two are a take home and an open book exam. Yay! Although I have been busy studying, I am much less stressed than I was a few weeks ago completing my appellate brief for Legal Writing II. The appellate brief was a huge assignment, but it feels great to have gotten it done. After that was complete, oral argument was the next and final step. Signing up for the first day of oral argument was the best decision I made because I was done with Legal Writing before thanksgiving break, which meant that I could enjoy my break. Taking sixteen credits this semester has been a struggle, but luckily it was front heavy with not a lot of finals to prepare for. I was struggling to keep my head above water there for a while (aka the whole semester) but now that classes and all of my big assignments are complete, I just have to tackle finals!