My First Week of 2L


I began 2L this week! 

I'm not sure if it's completely hit me yet (I've definitely introduced myself as a 1L several times), but this year is already off to a great start. Things are already pretty different from last year, and I'm excited to see where it goes from here. 

As the saying goes, 2L is when they work you to death, and after one week, I'm already starting to see how true that is. Today, I thought I'd share what I expected of 2L and what my first week was actually like. 

My Schedule

To help you have a better idea of what my week is going to look like all semester, let me explain what I'm doing on a weekly basis. 

I only go to class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which is quite nice. The only class times available to upper-level law students are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, so having my Fridays to myself (and my externship--more below!) is a nice perk of making it past 1L. I have two classes on Tuesdays with a long break in between them, and then I fill that break in on Thursdays with another class that only meets once a week. On a rare occasion, I'll have an externship seminar on Wednesday nights because my current externship is my first one for credit. 

On my off days from class, I work as a legal intern for a local firm that works specifically with victims of crime and victims' rights. I spend those days researching and writing memos, as well as attending Zoom calls for different teams within the firm. 

In addition to my classes and my externship, I am on law review and hold leadership positions in two different student orgs. It's definitely a bit hectic (and maybe, just maybe, I overextended myself a little bit), but it's all going to be worth it in the end! 

What I Expected 

I knew I was going to be busy--there's no doubt about that. I didn't think I'd be as busy with my classes because I'm only taking three instead of four, and one of them is only once a week. I've been through a whole year of classes before this, so I assumed I wouldn't get overwhelmed in any way with doctrinal materials or written assignments. 

What's more, I didn't realize how much time everything else I'm doing would take up--it seems like I'm constantly doing something for law school from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed, only to repeat that the next day. 

I was worried that I wouldn't see my friends as often because we're not all in class together anymore--I was going to miss the texts about something someone said in class and the random questions texted about the readings for each day. 

I guess most of all, though, I wasn't sure what I expected. I knew it would be different from 1L, there's no doubt about it, but it sometimes does feel like I'm on a different planet from where I was last year. 

What It's Actually Like 

Like I mentioned above, it can sometimes feel like I'm in a completely different place from where I was at this time last year, or maybe even where I was at the end of my 1L year. 2L so far has been a lot of time on my own working my little heart out. Thank goodness it's all super interesting to me--I couldn't imagine what it would be like if I didn't enjoy everything I'm doing and working on this semester. 

Law review is definitely taking up a LOT of my time. I'm writing a comment this semester, as well as working on citations for articles, comments, and notes that will be published in the first issue of this volume. The (not so) fun part is that this is only the first time I'll be editing citations this year--there's plenty of opportunities in the future, and I am required to work on citations during all of them. 

Classes, as I said before, are also taking up a good chunk of my free time. It's definitely a lot more work than last year because I feel like a big part of 1L is figuring out how to be a law student, so it feels like a lot more work at the time. However, now I really know what they mean when they say 2L is when they work you to death. But at least I'm enjoying every moment of it (sometimes just deep, deep, DEEP down). 




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