November 22, 2010
My Background: Hello! I really should be working on a memo right now, but I think I’ll use this as an excuse for a study break… I decided to come straight to law school after undergrad because I did not want to run the risk of forgetting how to study. Of course now that I have spent some time in law school, I have realized that what I did in undergrad can hardly be called studying. I came to Portland for the first time during the visiting weekend for admitted students, and that weekend pretty much sealed the deal for me. I met interesting people, wandered all around a great city, and decided that the rain wasn’t all that terrible. After a few months of law school, I can honestly say that it’s been a great experience to be in Portland. Now if I could just figure out a way to make the rain stop….
Activities outside of law school:
1. Cooking- There are lots of fresh foods to experiment with in Portland, creating delicious meals is a great way to procrastinate
2. Hanging out- It’s true that your main social contact will come from other law students, so make an effort to know people beyond school- everyone has something interesting about them- travel experiences, talents, interests, music tastes
3. Napping- gloomy weather is great for napping- and first year readings are really effective bedtime stories- just make sure to wake up and finish reading!
A meaningful experience outside of the classroom:
I ride the 39 TriMet bus to school every morning with a group of first years. Sometimes I think I learn more from those half-asleep, random conversations than I do in my classes. While riding the bus I have learned how to season a wok, discussed topics from cheese to marriage, and sometimes even had a quick review session about the day’s reading assignments.
Why I chose to attend Lewis & Clark:
The first time I saw the L&C website I could not believe that a law school was hiding in the middle of a beautiful forest. The pictures on the site kept making me think “I want to be surrounded by the environment while learning how to use law to protect it!” Very idealistic, I know. But still there was something intriguing about learning how to be a lawyer without being trapped in the concrete jungle where lawyers end up spending most of their time. Other than the forest, I chose Lewis & Clark because I am interested in law and sustainability, so I decided to go to a school in a city that offers the best of both worlds. I can study law at L&C and study sustainability in Portland. No other place offered strengths in both my areas of interest.
My advice for students making law school choices:
Go with what will make you happy. Law school is like being in the belly of a whale- you are not going to see the outside world 99% of the time- but when that whale opens its mouth what do you want to see?
The hardest thing about adjusting to law school:
Figuring out how to spend a 2-hour lunch break! Going to different events and meetings was fun for a while- but then I got sick of eating pizza everyday. Slowly I have learned how to make the most of this time by reviewing material, studying with friends, and working on writing assignments. Right now my preferred lunch spot is the computer lab - it’s warm and I can work on my outlines.