Blog Entry 3

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November 11th, 2009
Today was a very exciting day. My morning started by studying for my Property class with a couple of close friends I met here at UDM.  As I’m sure you’ve seen some of the other 1L bloggers talk about, the Rule Against Perpetuities is giving us quite the challenge. 

After studying for a few hours I had to leave my friends to meet with my Applied Legal Theory Analysis (ALTA) professor.  In ALTA (our legal writing course) I have been working on my second memo of the semester and this week is our scheduled conferences.  This means that instead of class we get 40 minutes of one on one time with our professor to review and discuss our paper.  This is an opportunity I’ve never had in my academic career before.  This is the second time this semester I’ve had the opportunity and I find receiving that individualized attention is invaluable.  Although I left the conference with a ton of work to do, I felt great because my professor meticulously explained to me what to work on and how to improve. 

Immediately following my conference I attended my first Lunch with a Lawyer today and it was both interesting and informative.  The school brought in a former UDM law student who graduated in 1977.  Over the course of an hour about ten students were able to have lunch, listen to him speak, and ask questions.  I loved how intimate this experience was; I felt that I was really getting to know a person and not just a number in a large lecture hall.  

After Lunch with a Lawyer it was straight to property class where our class continued working on future interests.  I headed home as soon as class was done and lucky for me, my mom cooked dinner!

Law School Tip of the Day: Be sure to attend Lunch with a Lawyer your first semester!

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