I love January! It is not because I am an avid fan of winter sports. In fact, the one and only time I went skiing I ended up with more sore muscles than I knew I had. The real reason I like January is because it is the beginning of a year of possibilities just waiting for me to pick which direction I want to go. Similarly, I like Mondays, although admitting that probably makes me a weirdo. But Mondays are weekly beginnings, a new chance every seven days to make the most of the next little bit of time. So I am super excited for classes to begin at the University of Idaho College of Law on Monday, January 13th.
As a 2L student, this semester is also the beginning of the last half of my law school education (and my other 2L classmates). As I like to put it: I am half a lawyer. I am now at the stage when I have total input on what direction I want the remainder of my legal education to take. Every class choice is up to me. Additionally, I get to decide what extraneous experiences I’d like to pursue to supplement my education while in law school. A couple of my focuses are pursuing the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR) emphasis as well as being involved in my favorite club here at school – the Idaho Law Health and Fitness Club.
When deciding to come to law school at the U of I, one of the programs that interested me right away was the LADR emphasis. What attracted me to that program is that it covers a broad spectrum of skills that lawyers practicing in many areas of law may find valuable. Any lawyer practicing in an adversarial system can benefit from having negotiation skills. Additionally, when negotiation fails, a lawyer who is comfortable and can excel in the courtroom leaves more options open to her client. The LADR emphasis at the U of I College of Law helps the students come out with more avenues of case resolution to offer to potential clients. While I have already taken some of the LADR classes, I am looking forward to submitting my application for the program and learning more through the remaining classes I will be taking for the emphasis, including doing a public service externship.
I also have enjoyed being President of the Idaho Law Health and Fitness Club. The club is a way to keep the law students involved with some of the extracurricular activities of the University of Idaho, through the intramural program. And just as New Year’s resolutions are best achieved when setting smaller, incremental goals, the Health and Fitness Club has tried to give weekly tips to all those walking the halls of the Menard Law Building. Because law students can easily get focused on only developing their legal minds, the club has tried to encourage students to be well-rounded individuals with a positive mental attitude. In my perspective, the Idaho Law Health and Fitness Club is one of the best parts of the law school.
So I am eagerly anticipating starting this semester, and making the most of it by making every day count. Whether it’s by pursuing my career goals through the LADR emphasis or by showing other students what route to take when they want to walk a mile around the law school as a quick, brain clearing activity, I am ready to begin a new semester, and a new stage at the University of Idaho College of Law. Hello January!