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April 14, 2009: Always One Step Ahead

Rebecca Emory 

April 14, 2009

Always One Step Ahead

Second semester is coming to an end, but everyone is already planning what to do next year. I have barely had a free minute in the past two years so I don’t think I know what to do with free time anymore. Although I can take a light class load in my last year, I will be spending my time on other projects.  I have been involved in the planning of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot since my first year and will be leading the planning committee for the coming year. We have already started recruiting teams and started planning the essentials.

Then, there is Law Review. I am so glad I won’t have to write another paper, but I will still be involved in other ways. It’s great that we can get school credit for taking on certain positions as a 3L because that frees up my week even more.  I do think that I have spent more time on Law Review things this year than I will be next year, but I guess that is the privilege of being on a law review. I am also very excited about our Executive Board and think that we will have a great Law Review next year. The E-Board is already brainstorming ideas and I hope our rising 2Ls will be just as excited.

In addition, I have also applied to the Immigration Clinic. Even though I will get school credit, I know from others that this will take up way more time than I can imagine. Clinics are great because they give students the opportunity to work on real world cases. I have taken simulation classes, but nothing can prepare a student better for the real world than actually working with clients and on actual cases. There is always a supervising professor, but it will still be my responsibility to file motions properly and my responsibility to talk to the client.

Despite the fact that I am always thinking about what I need to do next, I am also focusing or rather trying to focus on finals, which are coming up in less than a month. I used spring break to visit college friends in DC, but also to get some work done. I did not stress about it, but made sure I worked on outlines and homework each day. Finals time is not as scary as it sounds, but you still need to put in the work if you want to do well. Yet, there is no homework and when you have done all the work throughout the semester, it actually isn’t as bad as everyone says it is. I enjoy putting everything together and finally seeing the big picture. Having a study group helps as well because you can talk about issues and come up with hypos. Discussing and talking about cases and black letter laws also help you understand what you still need to work on.

I cannot believe that, in a few weeks, I will be 2/3 done with law school. Time is flying by and maybe this is because I am always thinking about what is coming next. I don’t think it is a bad habit since upcoming events and projects keep me excited and interested.


Rebecca Emory

2L Day (Class of 2010)

Ratingen, Germany

Undergraduate Degree:  Political Science, George Washington University

Programs: International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot