Last spring's graduates finished their grueling two-day bar exam yesterday, and my inbox is filled with messages about volunteering at orientation for the 1Ls who are starting law school in a few weeks. These are but a few of the signs that summer is giving way to fall, and my third (and final) year at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. I am pleased to announce that the school is sponsoring this blog for another year. Accordingly, the title has changed to "3L at U of L." Please also check out my colleague Sharon Wright who writes her own blog about U of L Law at this link.
In all honesty this summer has been one of the best in recent memory. Granted, a lot of this is due to our family's decision to drop $400 at Wal-Mart on an above-ground swimming for our backyard (see video below). However, my summer clerkship at the law offices of Jones Ward PLC deserves almost as much credit as the pool. I've learned an incredible amount of stuff in a few short months, from how to litigate a garden-variety personal injury car wreck case to the intricacies of multi-district litigation for defective medical devices. I've written motions and briefs for federal court cases, visited dozens of clients all over Kentucky, and crafted multi-media demand letters to insurance companies. In fact, as I gear up for my third year of law school, I'm already starting to realize the wisdom of the aphorism that 3L is the most boring year of school. It's not that this year is going to be boring, it's that the first year after graduation is going to be exciting as we prepare to move into full-time practice. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Over the next few months, I'll be writing about how to succeed in law school, with a particular focus on upper-level courses, the law review, student loans, and working as a clerk during school. Got a question or a topic of your own that you want covered? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.