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Caroline Justice '08
I am a third year student at Pace Law (PLS), and I graduate in fourteen weeks!!! my three years at PLS have been amazing. I have loved every minute of it (ok, so I don't love finals). I am originally from North Carolina, and I attended the University of Florida for undergrad. I originally came to Pace for the great environmental program, but somewhere along the way I ended up falling in love with tax. (Yes, I do wear glasses, but they are not coke bottles; and no, I do not have a calculator watch or a pocket protector). The tax field, unlike every other field, requires an LL.M. in Tax (LL.M. = Masters of Law), so next year I will be in a Graduate Tax Program - lucky me! :-)
During my three years at PLS, I have been involved in a number of student activities. The most comprehensive has been my work as a representative for my class in the Student Bar Association (SBA). For the past three years, I have been a member of the Faculty Hiring Committee. As the student chair of this committee, I, along with current Pace faculty members, interview prospective faculty applicants.
It is an amazing honor to be a part of a process that will affect PLS long after I have graduated. It is such a great way for me to be able to give back to a community that has given me so much.
I have also served as a Dean's Scholar for Federal Tax I. A Dean's Scholar is a teaching assistant for a required course at Pace. All of the first year courses have them, and I would highly suggest attending them. The experience of teaching my peers has been amazing. I have learned so much about teaching and the process of learning. Pace is an amazing community of caring and intelligent students who all work very hard to make sure that all of their peers understand topics. There is no stealing of books from the library or ripping out pages of books.
Pace is a welcome community!
Since I will graduate this May and begin studying for the BAR exam the very next day, I took an exciting vacation this break. I spent two weeks in Mexico. I had never been there and it was really interesting.
I did not have any expectations on what I would find, but what I did find wasn't close to anything that I would have anticipated. I spent time in Tasco, Puebla, and Xalapa. Tasco was a great little hillside village that was similar to any Mediterranean village. I was amazed at how narrow and windy the roads were and even more amazed at the fact that people tried to drive a car on them!
Driving was a bit of an adventure in Mexico. The highways are mainly two lane roads with large shoulders. The road is used like it is a three lane road. Slow cars drive half in the lane and half on the shoulder, and passing cars drive half in their lane and half in the oncoming lane. This all works well until two cars traveling in opposite directions try to pass in the same space at the same time. My knuckles were white from gripping the steering wheel or the "OH, MY GOD" bar. It makes me laugh every time I think about it!