December 5, 2011

Posted by Meagan Hanna
Meagan Hanna
Meagan is a May 2012 graduate of UDM Law. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar i
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Almost there! Ten more days until I’m done for the semester!!


I have a pretty funky final exam schedule this semester. I have three exams, and the first one isn’t until Thursday of the first final exam week. Then I have exams the following Tuesday and Wednesday. And then I’m done. Why is this a funky schedule? Because I had classes Monday and Tuesday of this past week, my clinic on Wednesday…and then I had the rest of the week off. Plus I have most of this upcoming week off. In total, that’s eight full days off before my first exam.


It’s actually been a pretty relaxed studying semester, at least so far. Strangely, all three of these exams are, at least in part, open book. (Which I don’t like. I have a peculiarly good memory, so I actually prefer closed-book exams because I find the preparation process much more straightforward.) Preparing for open-book exams is different because instead of memorizing things, I’m making sure I understand all of the concepts, and making sure my materials are organized in a way that I can easily locate everything.


I’ve been devoting several hours every day to working through different subjects, but because I have so many free days to study, I haven’t been doing the super-intense, all-hours-of-the-day studying that plagues most students. I’m actually feeling pretty refreshed: I can’t tell you the last time I’ve gone this many days in a row without setting my alarm clock!


That said, I’m just SO looking forward to being done for the semester. There’s a magic that comes with the end of the semester, and being able to enjoy some quality, guilt-free fun.


I mean, I’m kind of looking forward to next semester too. I am all registered for my final semester of law school classes…ever! Next semester, I will only have classes on Mondays and Wednesdays: Tax, Federal Criminal Law, and Small Firm Law Firm Program. Then, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I will be interning with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. I’m really looking forward to it: this is the first time my course load has been light enough to do an internship during the school year. I was able to intern with the WCPO during my 1L summer, so I’m excited to go back as a second-semester 3L now that I have some more experience under my belt. 

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Meagan Hanna

Meagan is a May 2012 graduate of UDM Law. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar in November, and she recently joined the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

During law school, Meagan was active around the School of Law as the Law Review's Executive Editor of Outside Articles and the Vice-President of the St. Thomas More Society. She participated in the Criminal Trial Clinic, and took advantage of two internships with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and a summer internship with Judge Stephen Murphy of the Eastern District of Michigan.

In her free time, Meagan also serves as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, enjoys tap dancing, and can't resist reading a good book.

Meagan genuinely enjoyed her time at UDM Law and she is passionate about talking to prospective students about her experience. Please contact the admissions office to obtain her contact information.