Stefanie Young

March

So unfortunately (I think I am still upset about this haha, but there is definitely next year!) we did not win in the championship game. The other team was hitting unexpected shots, and everyone was making their shots. They deserved to win, but we are coming back stronger next year to take that Championship!

It has definitely been a tough month but March Madness was amazing and that definitely helped! I made time to watch most of the games and make brackets. Was hoping for a Gonzaga win (even though I normally have Duke winning!) but nonetheless it was very entertaining.

We definitely had a lot of material to read through out this month and it wasn’t easy but we are alive and we made it! Just making sure to remember to take care of myself. Thankfully we had spring break and it was really nice. I used that time to catch up on and update my outlines, worked at Admissions to make some money, and played a bunch of basketball.

For legal writing, we worked on our 6th and final memo this month that is due at the beginning of April. Good thing we got an extension for it; otherwise March would have been even more overwhelming and busy. All we have left after this memo is two timed-memos and that’s it! It is unreal to think that we are nearing the end and have come so far. For my other classes, property definitely started picking up further with many complex terms, so taking extra time to understand the materials in order to perform well during finals. Contract class has been going well and I am starting to like it a lot more. Intro to Practice has been taking up some time just to understand the materials and how simulations work for client negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations, drafting demand letters and leases and many more.

February

This past month has actually been kind of hectic. I am making sure that I stay on top of my outlining because I do not want to feel as overwhelmed as I did last semester. The highlight of this month was definitely participating in the 1L Mock Trial competition. The fact pattern we worked with was really interesting and it was overall a fantastic experience. We got to pick our own witnesses and prepared them for their role/character and both of our witnesses performed amazingly! *Shoutout if you two are reading this J Although we had to spend more time working and preparing for the competition and sacrificing time from homework/studying over the weekends, the feedback that we received was amazing and I am really glad I decided to participate in the competition.

School is now in full swing and luckily we had a snow day (my first one ever!) and a couple holidays this past month to catch up on homework and sleep. I am spending more time on contracts and property now and legal writing is going well so far. I plan to continue to stay on top of my work. The phones have also been ringing a lot more recently at work because the deadline for applicants is March 1st. We are giving more tours and reaching out to admitted students to see if they need any more information/tips and assistance with whatever they may need.

On another note, intramural basketball has been going on this past month and it has been a lot of fun playing with the law school team. I also play in a women’s league on Tuesday’s and another men’s team for intramurals on Wednesday’s. The law school team is in the finals and we play next Monday. I will let you guys know what happens on the next journal, so stay tuned!

December/January

This break I went home and attended a wedding and finally went on a trip to Thailand with my family after 6 years. During break I relaxed, hit the gym, played basketball, saw old friends from high school and college, and spent time with family. With the free time I had I almost didn’t know what to do with it, but I edited all four the memo’s I wrote in legal writing to prepare them as potential writing samples. At the end of the semester, I went to the CPD to get an idea of how I should apply for internships and got a lot of guidance and insight for the process. I began researching different places I could potentially be eligible to do an internship or volunteer at, updating my resume and drafting cover letters. The break was definitely too short but I am glad we had that time off to reflect and relax.

In January, I came back to the states and stopped in LA for a couple of days to see my college friends before hitting the books. It is now week 4 of school and I have already started outlining and making sure that I am not as stressed as I was during finals time first semester. We have had a contracts review session that was very helpful and many opportunities to meet with professors and ARC advisors to discuss our exams and how we could perform better at the end of spring semester. This semester I have 5 classes instead of 4. I still have Torts, Legal Writing, and Contracts, but Civil Procedure is now Property class. After legal writing now, we have an Introduction to Practice class which is pretty interesting because it gives you a more realistic view of what practice in the real world will be like, and how you should present yourself when interacting with clients, fellow colleagues, and judges. I am also preparing to participate in the 1L mock trial competition, so more details to follow.

November

Towards, the end of last month, I was stressing out because I thought I wouldn’t have enough time to finish and understand all the concepts. I just wanted to stop learning so I could review, but thank goodness for Thanksgiving! I went to San Francisco to be with some family and made sure that I reviewed and completed my outlines with gaps and questions to fill during this last week of review. I feel much better now with the amount of time and really need to hone in on the details in preparation for finals. Professors have been extremely helpful in providing review classes/sessions, practice exams, exam preparation materials and topics we have covered through out the year.

This is the time of the year where I begin to see what I need to work on/focus more on next semester, but I will worry about all of that once finals are over. I have a Contracts final, then a 2 day break to study for Civil Procedure, and a 3 days before the Torts final; and then I am FREE! I really want to do well this year with finals. I know that I cannot put too much pressure on myself, but I will do whatever it takes to perform at my best. At the end of the day, I will leave it all on the final, whatever grade I get, I get; and I will not let it discourage me. This is what I am starting to learn while being at Law School. Everyone’s path to success is different, there will be moments where you feel a lot of pressure to perform well in such a competitive environment, but you cannot lose yourself in the process and must trust that you are doing what you need for yourself to succeed. Don’t compare yourself to others. LETS CRUSH THESE FINALS!!!

September/October

WOW. It has been an unreal experience thus far as a 1L here at SU Law. As a fellow ARC student, I was here in Seattle for my first ever law class in June. I took criminal law and was introduced to legal writing. I personally found this opportunity extremely beneficial and am so grateful that I was able to be part of it because I honestly do not think I could have come to law school on the first day and not be stressed and overwhelmed about how to write memos, read, analyze, and brief cases, and stay on track with classes However, this was my personal experience; I believe anyone can do law school as long as they are wiling to the put in the effort. What I have found most helpful in organizing and managing my time is making sure that I have my days planned out with a calendar. Aside from classes, I allot times to study, work at my two jobs, meet with professors and academic advisors, and most importantly working out. I play basketball or lift as my source of stress relief.

A typical day for me looks like this:

I wake up around 8 and prepare for class by either typing up notes I did not complete the night before and review the cases/concepts that would be discussed that day. I have my first class on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 10:30 am. On Wednesday, my first class doesn’t start till 11 am. On Monday and Wednesdays I have torts first and legal writing at 2:30 pm. During this break if I have completed everything for legal writing or have read a decent amount for my Tuesday/Thursday classes, I would go play basketball. After legal writing, I work in admissions till 5pm. On Wednesdays, I also work in admissions at 9am because of Torts starting at 11am. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have Contracts, then I work in admissions till 2pm and have Civil Procedure till 3:40 pm. I have no class on Friday’s, so this is my day to outline, review the week, and meet with any professors or advisors. I normally play basketball at noon on Friday’s too.

In early September, I got two jobs. One as an admissions fellow and the other with game operations for the NCAA games offered at SU. At first, I was worried as to whether I would be able to balance two jobs, but my game operations job is based on my availability, so it is nice that the school is understanding that law school comes first and is flexible. I am still in the process of figuring out the best time management system for me, so I will keep you guys posted! Also, this is a time that everyone starts to get sick, myself included; so I’m going to take a nap and get back to studying.