I can’t believe that in a few short weeks I will officially be a 3L. I cannot believe how fast this mini journey has flown. From case briefing to understanding the rule of the case to resume building, the last (almost) 2 years have been scary, hard, and, dare I say, great! I often think back on my first day and realize just how little I understood and how unprepared I was. I realize that even though I have appreciated every horrible and fascinating moment, there are some things I wish I had changed going into my second year.
First, I wish I had developed a strong relationship with a mentor, someone to guide me through the tough choices of what classes I should take, and most importantly, when I should take them. I didn’t realize that some jobs require certain classes at certain times. For example, in order to obtain a summer job with most prosecutors you need to have taken evidence and criminal procedure during your 2L year. I made the mistake of deciding to put off criminal procedure until 3L and later saw those doors closing.
Second, I wish I had attended social events more. I have close relationships with a select few of my peers, and these people will always have a special place in my heart. But, I realize that Idaho is a small bar and in order to effectively network it is important to get out there and make yourself seen by those around you. There are a ton of opportunities such as the events put on by the Women’s Law Caucus and the Multi-Cultural Law Caucus. These events are great for learning about specific issues that our culture is facing, but also to mingle with individuals that share the desire to make changes.
Even though I wish I could change some things, I believe my law school career has been full of successes. I have had the opportunity to build relationships with my professors, some of whom I have a deep appreciation for. I have accomplished this by meeting with them one-on-one. During my first year I decided I would meet with each of my professors each semester to establish a relationship early. I would go to my professor with questions about class, but would also take the time to get to know them on a personal level. There are some professors that seem a little rough around the edges, and because of my conversations with them, they are some of my favorite people.
I also have no regrets about spending the majority of my 1L summer relaxing and not worrying about the law. 1L year is hard. Law school is a beast that each person has to learn to understand, and obtaining this understanding is hard. By the time my 1L year was over I could not wait to step away and regroup. A lot of my friends had “adult” jobs during the summer and they were able to continue their understanding of the law and apply what they had learned during 1L to something “real.” But for me, I would not trade my relaxing summer.