Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Fun fact: I actually applied to Yale thinking I wanted to pursue a career in direct client services, as a public defender, or as an education policy researcher. Given the opportunity to explore my legal interests, however, I discovered that I actually preferred the feeling of negotiation to oral argument and brief writing, and that corporate law fascinated me! Since deciding on a career in corporate law, I have pursued a highly personalized program of legal study here at YLS. Second semester 1L year, for example, YLS let me spread my wings and pick my own courses. This approach to law school, which I lovingly refer to as "a la carte law school,” has made for a one-of-a-kind law school experience, tailor-made to suit my unique academic interests and career pursuits.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Almost no one applies to law school expecting to become a tax lawyer. For most people, the topic of taxes often elicits some form of disgust; after all, regardless of one’s feeling about whether taxes should be higher or lower, almost no one likes seeing a big chunk of her paycheck disappear each month. As I was deciding on classes as a 2L, however, I decided to go ahead and take tax law, as it is considered an important class and I had been advised that Professor Alstott, who was teaching it that semester, was very good.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I remember reading Speak Up about Gender: Ten Years Later, a Yale Law Women (YLW) report on gender dynamics at Yale Law School, just after applying to YLS. I had heard about the gender issues students faced at many prestigious law schools, such as lack of female faculty and disproportionate classroom participation. These were certainly concerns of mine while choosing where to apply. I was so excited to see that Yale had a strong group of women who were focused on these issues and working toward positive change.
Monday, September 14, 2015
I was uncharacteristically excited to get back to campus this fall.* Heading into my 3L year, I was excited to be so close to graduation; to see friends who dispersed all over the world for their summer employment; and especially to get to know the incoming Class of 2018, which I’ll do primarily as a Coker Fellow. (Others have eloquently described the role elsewhere, but briefly: Coker Fellows are third year students who assist small group professors in teaching legal writing and host social events for first year students.) My primary motivation for taking the job was a desire to help the incoming students have a really satisfying, enjoyable, and (as much as possible) stress-free transition into YLS. I had a fabulous set of Cokers when I arrived here, and their generosity, wisdom, and patience with all my stupid questions were invaluable. Paying it forward seemed like the right thing to do.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Once I decided to transfer to Yale, contemplating starting 2L and, simultaneously, starting over again at a new law school was very exciting—so many fascinating courses, legal theory everywhere, only kind of real grades—yet also somewhat unnerving. Would I really become part of the YLS community? What if all my classmates had learned all of law during 1L and I was hopelessly behind? Also, don’t all these people already know each other? (The issue-spotting aspect of legal training can apparently be disadvantageous at times.) On arriving in New Haven during Fall Interview Program week, many of us as transfer students wondered if we would really integrate into YLS.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
I won’t lie. It can be frustrating to study at YLS (Yale Law School) when you don’t identify as a progressive. But the Yale chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (FedSoc) makes up for that...
Thursday, January 29, 2015
I read Top Law Schools, and I am very familiar with the belief that law schools encourage unqualified students to apply in order to increase their applicants and rise in the rankings. I also know the perception that Yale is impossible to get into, and that almost kept me from applying. No one wants to pad a school’s applications byline for rankings only to receive a thin envelope, with a three-line rejection letter – Dear Applicant, we regret to inform you… – a few months later. However, I can tell you from personal experience to disregard those valid concerns. I invite you to still apply to YLS because (1) it represents an incredible opportunity (which comes with its own set of responsibilities) and (2) Yale Law School needs more students like you...
Monday, December 8, 2014
All top-tier law schools claim to have one of the strongest programs in international law. They all boast their endless list of faculty, clinics, research groups, fellowships, internships, clubs, and activities in international law. But this isn’t helpful for comparative purposes.
The one message that I have is this: the strength of a law school’s program in international law depends significantly on the general qualities of the law school. In order to make this point, I wish to explain how I pursued my interest in international law during my first year at YLS, and how six unique qualities of YLS made my experience studying international law at YLS incredible.
Monday, October 27, 2014
"I worked at a law firm last year, so I already know how to Bluebook." I will never forget these words that someone--now a very good friend, but then a stranger--said to me as we walked into the law school auditorium on the first day of Orientation, 8 a.m. "Whatbook what?" I thought. At that point, I could not have named a single law firm in the entire world if you had put a (hypothetical) gun to my head. I had heard of no book of any color except Redbook (a so-called "women's" magazine, for those not in the know) and I had certainly never stepped foot in a law firm (that remains true today).
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Prom may seem like a distant high school memory, but most law schools have an annual prom-like formal dance. Yale’s is actually planned as a fundraiser by the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale, a student-run non-profit organization which funds public-interest fellowships for law students applying from all over the country. More...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A law student’s typical day includes class, coffee, and reading. And, if you’re like the majority of YLS students, your day also involves a trip to the library. And while some might equate “law library” with a musty, dark space filled with dense casebooks, time spent at the Lillian B. Goldman Law Library is a treat for Yale students. More...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
When you spend the days arguing and counter-arguing intellectual minutiae of legal theory, losing touch with reality becomes far too easy. Lest we all become out-of-touch lawyers, here are a few tips to keep your mind grounded.
Monday, February 24, 2014
I remember that finding housing was one of the most stressful parts of getting ready to come to law school, so the purpose of this post is to help provide as much information as I know as clearly as possible. I’ve only been here for one semester, so there is a lot I don’t know. This is not meant to be totally comprehensive. But it will provide a good place to start.
Friday, February 14, 2014
I remember that finding housing was one of the most stressful parts of getting ready to come to law school, so the purpose of this post is to help provide as much information as I know as clearly as possible. I’ve only been here for one semester, so there is a lot I don’t know. This is not meant to be totally comprehensive. But it will provide a good place to start.
Monday, February 3, 2014
During the first semester, the most important difference between Yale and other schools is grading: other schools have grades, Yale doesn’t. In later semesters, Yale students can receive a Pass, a Low Pass, or an Honors. But for the first semester 1L classes are only graded Pass/Fail…and nobody ever fails. This system relieves a lot of stress the first term, especially around exams.
Monday, December 9, 2013
In the formative years of my early childhood, I was often told that that bigger is better. A bigger McDonald’s meant a better PlayPlace. A bigger box of crayons meant a better range of colors. Granted, I learned that this wasn’t always the case -- bigger clothes, for example, did not actually mean better style. But the box-of-crayons analogy stuck: you couldn’t get colors like “Blizzard Blue” or “Laser Lemon” from your 16-pack of Crayola©. Bigger usually meant more choices.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Law school was not my first choice for graduate education. Like many a Yale applicant, I’d originally planned to earn a PhD and become a professor, until I was dissuaded by my discipline’s spectacularly grim employment statistics. I’d done some legal internships during college, and worked at a law firm for the year after I graduated, but up to the very first day of orientation I was worried I’d made a mistake and would hate studying law.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
One thing I did not fully appreciate before starting at YLS is that, in many ways, New Haven is the ideal place to be a student. Although the Law School itself is a small community, it is part of the larger community of Yale University.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Any law student at Yale has the option to either enroll in (and receive law degree credit) or audit classes from Yale’s other schools after the first semester. Some students, though, seek something more—a formal program that allows them to learn to the fullest extent in whatever area outside law might pique their interest.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
When I was accepted to Yale, I was thrilled. However, it would be unfair to omit that I also felt a little disappointed about moving to New Haven. Though I never seriously considered attending another school after being accepted, I moved here feeling apprehensive about going to a small city with a less-than-sterling reputation. Now that I live here, I can’t imagine being in school anywhere else.
Friday, November 1, 2013
The Dean of the Law School, Robert Post, emails the student body with a list of named lectures and events for the school year, offering students even more events to note on their calendars. A few weeks ago, he sent an updated version of this list with a very exciting and unusual addition: Stephen Colbert, of the popular and award-winning comedy show The Colbert Report.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
At YLS, we’re fortunate to count among our alumni three sitting Supreme Court Justices, three (and soon to be four) United States Senators, and two former Presidents. We were lucky enough to have one of those former presidents – Bill Clinton – here with us for the 2013 Alumni Weekend and his 40th reunion just a few short weeks ago.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I imagine that, if you’re thinking about applying to YLS, you’re already well aware that the faculty here is, to put it mildly, impressive. I’m sure you’ve scoured the website for information about their scholarship, their newsworthiness, and their close relationships with students. You’ve probably even found a few that you’d kill to work with on the faculty’s deep bench. The only thing I would want to add to all that is an explanation of how it all plays out in the classroom.
Monday, October 14, 2013
I’m just five weeks into my first term at YLS, but so far I’m blown away by how successful the school has been at fostering a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment for the 1L class. I’m usually a bit skeptical when institutions talk about “developing a culture,” but Yale has the walk to back up its talk.
Monday, October 7, 2013
You’re not coming to Yale for the food. You’re coming here (ostensibly) for the legal education, the epic all-night parties, and the opportunity to go several hundred thousand dollars into debt. But everyone’s got to eat, I suppose. And after three years of stumbling around, here are a few thoughts.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Every fall, YLS hosts a Global Constitutionalism Week, during which judges serving on the highest courts from all over the world come to the law school to engage in conversations both with each other and also with law school faculty and students.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Having just completed my last law school exam, and with mere days before graduation, I’m already getting pretty nostalgic about YLS. So I thought I’d use this, my final blog post for our stellar Admissions Office, to provide a short reflection on my time at YLS. The theme is Things I Wish I Had Known About YLS Before I Got Here – something that I hope will be particularly useful to prospective students.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Most seasoned vegetarians (and vegans) are old hands at foraging for themselves in less than ideal dining situations. However, if you are an herbivore, you’ll be happy to know Yale Law School, and New Haven in general, have plenty of vegetarian options.
Monday, April 8, 2013
At Yale, we have fewer required classes than other schools. After our first semester, we’re free to specialize and have only a few other requirements to complete before graduation.
Monday, April 1, 2013
I would like to expand upon a couple of Student Perspectives blog posts regarding practical training at YLS. In addition to the plethora of clinics offered at the Law School, students can participate in simulated trial and courtroom situations in courses such as Trial Practice and in activities such as Mock Trial and Moot Court. In this entry, I am going to reflect on another hands-on student activity: the Pro Bono Network (PBN).
Monday, March 18, 2013
At Yale, we have a very strong graduate school community, with studies ranging from Comparative Literature to Economics to Public Health. As law students, we are part of this graduate school network, which offers many opportunities to meet other graduate students, explore a new interest, or delve deeper into a passion you may have explored before law school.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
When I was choosing between law schools, I looked primarily at their clinical offerings, and particularly their indigent defense clinics. While our clinic is just getting off the ground, Yale has something else going for it: it offers students the opportunity to get involved in clinics in the second semester of their first year.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Law students spend much time, both inside and outside the classroom, analyzing arguments and creating their own. While most of this effort is focused on written and oral argumentation, YLS also provides students with an outlet to engage in visual advocacy, by making arguments through film with the Visual Law Project.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Here at YLS, we are blessed to have an incredible resource in the Lillian Goldman Law Library. Always the heart of the school, the law library was the institution around which the law school was built in the nineteenth century, and it continues to be central to students today.
Monday, February 4, 2013
I won’t mince words here: the clerkship process is unpleasant. It’s maddeningly opaque, it has many of the features of an insider’s game, it’s incredibly competitive, and in the last two years the hiring plan—the last bit of order to the process—has fallen apart. At the same time, clerkships remain plum jobs after graduation.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Yale Law School is home to student organizations for just about any interest, but for those interests not within the law school’s scope, Yale at large offers everything but the sun.
Monday, December 10, 2012
A soaring rendition of Brahms’s “Sonatensatz” on violin and piano. Inspiring and heartfelt performances of Fauré and Schumann. A flawless vocalization of “Can’t I Just Be” from Dimond & Kooman’s Homemade Fusion. And finally, an impromptu holiday song medley sing-along around a piano that included Mariah Carey’s famous “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
By 5:45pm last Wednesday, the line stretched out of the dining hall and around the corner. A sign to the left read “FREE SUSHI provided by a generous YLS Alum.” The promise did not disappoint.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A recurring theme at YLS is community. Coming from a large state school, I was excited to become part of a more close-knit student body. But there was one aspect of the YLS community that I did not see coming: the Wall.
Monday, November 12, 2012
My professional objective is to own and run a business as a manager and entrepreneur. I think YLS is not only a worthwhile investment—it’s also an under-rated (and surprisingly good) place to learn about business.
Monday, October 15, 2012
I walked into the YLS courtyard and was greeted with a bluegrass band and a loud voice booming, “Swing your partner!” Dozens of YLS students filled the courtyard for the first ever YLS Hoedown.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
For those of us who prefer suburbia or the country, living in a city for three years can be a little daunting. However, while New Haven will never be the countryside, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature during one’s time at YLS.
Monday, October 1, 2012
It’s possible to get a real legal education at YLS by taking doctrinal classes. Every semester there are at least a dozen black letter classes, which is enough to fill your schedule several times over.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Last night, the 13 Yale Law 1L small groups waged spirited battles in pursuit of the ultimate glory: recognition as the 2012 Small Group Olympics Champions.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
My last post focused on the institutional features at Yale Law School that enable students here to get a head start on building an academic career.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The summer before 2L year (and 3L year if a student so desires), law students have the exciting opportunity to participate in the Fall Interview Program.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Last weekend, my YLS community got a lot bigger. I spent the weekend as a Student Aide at the law school’s Alumni Weekend 2011: Human Rights in a Turbulent World.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Six months ago as I was finishing an editorial about gender violence for a legal blog, a fellow classmate asked me if I planned on writing an editorial about the upcoming Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization in 2011.
Friday, November 11, 2011
When I went through the law school application process, I wrestled with many questions. Should I go to law school if I was not unequivocally committed to becoming a lawyer? Was law school for me?
Monday, October 24, 2011
First year is a nightmare. Workload? Oppressive. Classmates? Obsessive. Professors? Aggressive. You’ll try to keep up. You won’t. You’ll try to have a social life. Don’t.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
“Yes, it works in practice, but does it work in theory?” At a school where this sort of joke is part of the common self-conception, it’s no surprise that interests in academia run deep.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Having recently moved to a new area of town, I’ve had my share of apartment searching in New Haven. So in this post I’m going to share with you my knowledge about the various options available to law students at Yale.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Yale Law is an inspiring place, full of people who are already achieving spectacular things in the world – but sometimes you want to forget all that and simply have fun with the people around you.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Now that I am halfway through my time here at Yale Law School, I’ve gotten to the point where I know almost everyone in my purely law classes such as evidence and administrative law.
Friday, February 4, 2011
At most law schools, the entire first year curriculum consists of required courses, and students are not free to choose their own classes until their second year.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
You probably already know that YLS is a great place for legal theory, but you should also know that there are many opportunities for practical instruction at the law school.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
In late August a week or so before classes begin, a group of 2Ls dressed in suits pace the halls of the Omni Hotel in New Haven, Connecticut.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I came to law school “straight through” from my undergrad in Houston and so had to make some adjustments upon moving here. There were three things that changed the most for me: housing, food, and culture.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
"Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem." It's not every day you hear Latin flowing so melodiously from the mouths of thirty Yale Law students.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Before graduating, all Yale Law students must complete two writing requirements, a Substantial and a Supervised Analytical Writing (SAW).
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
During the first week of October, my 1L small group traveled to Washington, D.C. to spend a day at the Supreme Court.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Many people arrive at law school, particularly at Yale, with deep ideals and prior experience in the fields in which they eventually hope to work.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
You might think that attending law school will require you to sacrifice your physical fitness in order to maximize the amount of time you spend cramming for your Contracts exam in some deep dark corner of a library.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Before coming to law school, I lived in Hong Kong for seven years – first as a banker, then as an investment manager, and finally as a fundraiser for an NGO.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Like everyone else who reads this blog, before coming to YLS, I heard a lot about the professors here: YLS has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in the country, students are taught by legal luminaries from Day One, the small group system is a great way to get to know a professor, and the list goes on.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Yale Law School is known for its academic vigor and small size. I want to share some YLS gems that you (until now!) would only discover once you become a student.
Monday, October 18, 2010
The first few weeks of 1L year are extremely harried. There are a slew of welcome events, happy hours, chances to hang out with your small group, attempts to learn how to read cases, and extracurricular activities, not to mention trying to remember everyone’s names!
Friday, October 15, 2010
In addition to being a 1L, I’m also pursuing my Ph.D. in economics (focused on development and education) at another university. Joint degrees are pretty common here, but they come in all different forms.
Monday, March 29, 2010
As the first warm days of spring arrived in New Haven, I found myself running up the side of East Rock (it’s much better than taking the long winding way up) enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.
Friday, March 5, 2010
One of the hallmarks of a YLS education is a diverse, interdisciplinary set of course offerings. Sometimes my friends at other law schools question the amount of “real law” that I’ve learned
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I didn’t worry about grades in college. I was in trade school (as I am now) and was sure that the jobs I would hold would be staffed by people unlikely to care that I had attended college, much less want to know my GPA or see a transcript. I was almost exclusively motivated by academic interest when choosing classes.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
As luck would have it, at the time I received the email, I had just finished teaching my students words relating to criminal behavior and incarceration.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Why would anyone not from America do a J.D. here? It’s expensive, a long way from home, and won’t even qualify you to work in your own country.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Unlike many of my peers at YLS, I knew relatively early on that I wanted to focus on corporate law and practice at a large law firm immediately following graduation. Given my interests in corporate law and law & economics, I was honestly a little reluctant about matriculating at Yale
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
When I first got the call from the Yale admissions office, I remember being in disbelief, followed by glee, bewilderment, and anxiety. How did this happen? I was not the picture of a Yale Law student I had imagined.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Yale Law School is such an amazing place that it’s sometimes easy to forget that the rest of Yale University is pretty special, too.
Friday, October 30, 2009
If you are considering applying to a law school or are making a choice about which one to attend, you may be looking at “student-faculty” ratios as one yardstick among many by which to compare schools.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
For those students admitted to YLS over the past few months (congratulations!), the deadline to choose whether to enroll here or at another law school is quickly approaching.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Yale Law School is about half the size of my college class. I actually took a course in college that had more people than the YLS class of 2011.
Monday, March 16, 2009
A few weeks ago, an email was circulated among the 1L class about a new joint-degree program that would begin its inaugural year this fall. The program is a joint JD/MBA program between Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management (SOM) that would allow students to earn a JD and a MBA in a total of three years.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
A couple weeks ago I enjoyed the best flan I’ve ever tasted. This delicious dessert had been preceded by freshly fried plantains and a buffet of rice, beans, pork, and beef. Surprisingly, my fabulous meal was not served at New Haven’s Soul de Cuba Café
Monday, March 9, 2009
As I prepared to move to New Haven only six months ago, one of the first things to do was to find a place to live. Having spent the previous two years embattled in the bloodsport that is the New York City rental market, I braced myself for a long, tortuous hunt for suitable digs. Fortunately, I shouldn’t have been so worried; finding an apartment in New Haven is actually a very easy and pleasant experience.
Monday, March 2, 2009
I think it is a safe assumption to say that each one of us has had days where we leave the law school in a state of elated disbelief questioning the reality of what had just happened in that one square block that consumes our lives.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
It was the first weekend back in New Haven after exams. We only had a few days to recover from our 1L pass-pass exam period before returning for second semester and were still trying to figure out how to shop for classes. I had already attended seven different lectures in the first week and still had no idea what I was going to take.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The first semester at Yale Law School is pretty standard as far as law school curriculum goes. Every 1L takes the same four classes: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Torts. You pick up your schedule at orientation without any decisions to make or courses to decide between.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Yale Law School has erased my need for Blockbuster and Netflix. Indeed, one could make the argument that the robust social scene at Yale makes movies second class – that is not the point of this post. Instead, Yale Law School’s tremendous movie collection has made Blockbuster a thing of the past (well, at least a trivial thing until graduation).
Friday, January 23, 2009
I felt I could best contribute to the blog by offering a day in the life of a Yale Law student. I woke up this morning later than usual, a little after 10:30, thanks mostly to the open bar party hosted by the student reps of the law school.
Friday, January 9, 2009
The traditional legal curriculum begins with two semesters of legal writing. That is too little brief-writing to become Solicitor General of the United States, and it is way more than one might need to run for President of the United States. Since 85% of Yale’s graduates go on to be Solicitor General or President of the Unites States, it should come as no surprise that our writing program is structured a little differently.
Friday, December 19, 2008
As the end of my first term at YLS nears, an increasing number of my 1L colleagues can be seen roaming the halls dressed up in full business attire. Since YLS is a pretty casual place, this sight is quite unusual –
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I wanted to start this entry with some sort of warning: despite all the wonderful things you’ve heard about Yale Law School, this whole experience isn’t all plain sailing. I wanted to find some burden you ought to bear in mind because, when I was trying to make the decisions you’re facing, the Yale write-ups all seemed a little too good to be true.
Monday, December 15, 2008
It was the end of November, and I witnessed a big game, and I’m not talking about a Yale sporting event against Harvard. I’m talking about the Duke/Michigan college basketball showdown.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I graduated from college on May 10, got married on May 31, and then moved across country a few months later to begin Yale Law School. I was somewhat apprehensive about coming to Yale as a married woman.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I am panicking. My final semester at Yale Law is about to begin. After finishing up my remaining credits and writing that final paper next semester, I am to be released into a foreign realm known as “The Real World.”
Monday, December 1, 2008
As a California boy, I got awfully excited when I discovered that I would be living on the East coast, where there are so many little states close together
Monday, November 24, 2008
As a first year student at YLS –otherwise known as a 1L (this is a term you will get to know and love very quickly)—there are a couple things that dominate your life.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Even though I am a 1L, orientation feels like it was forever ago. The majority of it is just a blur, where I spent most of the time desperately trying to remember the names of the 180 new faces I met within a matter of 24 or 48 hours. There is, however, one part of orientation that I remember vividly – getting my course schedule.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
New Haven is beautiful in the spring. The first few days of truly amazing weather are upon us here, and it reminds me of all the fun things there are to do in and around town.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Last weekend was YLS Prom (officially known as the Yale Law School Public Interest Formal—the event raises money for a YLS organization that provides grants for public interest law projects after graduation.).
I know what you are thinking.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Secretary of Homeland Defense Security Michael Chertoff came to speak at the law school on Monday, April 7, 2008. We protested him with vigor, holding signs and chanting after he was finishing speaking, but he didn't seem to mind.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
After years of trying to guess whether “A” or “C” would get me to the next problem on the Scantron form, I was excited at the prospect of law school: a world without multiple choice tests and worrying about No. 2 pencils. What I didn’t expect, however, was the variety of options available for receiving a grade in my courses at law school.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
People will tell you YLSers aren’t competitive. People will tell you that walking through the doors of 127 Wall Street will instantly divest you of any desire to step over your classmates and friends on your way to becoming #1 at Yale.
People are liars.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Many of my friends elsewhere have compared their law school experiences to living on a desert island surrounded by nothing but books, spending the bulk of their days secluded in the library, and gaining a precious few moments of human contact when they venture out for food.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Two years ago, when I applied to law school, the admissions process went better than I ever dreamed it would. I was accepted by both Yale and Harvard and suddenly found myself in the not-so-pitiable position of having to choose between two of the most amazing law schools in the country.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Something that should be highlighted is that there is much more to law school than studying the law. Hence, some of you are probably wondering what life outside the hallowed halls of Yale Law School is like.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Before singing the praises of the reference librarians, a description of the first-year journal experience is in order.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
As you may imagine, this primary season has been a hot topic at the Yale Law School. While many professors have attempted to take a decidedly neutral stance, the students are quite another story.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
There is some cliché about riding bikes, to which the exact phrasing escapes me, but sounds something like: “You’ll never forget how to ride a bike.” The saying (however it goes) is absolutely, unequivocally correct and it took a year in New Haven for me to come to terms with it.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Who would have thought I would become a lawyer this fast? After just one semester of law school, I am already ‘practicing law’ and ‘meeting with clients’ for cases.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
So it’s February, and I just finished deciding my summer job plans. Choosing my summer job was reminiscent of one year ago to when I was making a decision about which law school to attend.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I am loving my first year of law school. True, it is supposed to be one of the most difficult; but at YLS the first year experience is something I find myself enjoying more and more as I begin the second semester. One of the great things about first year at YLS is the ability to choose courses for second term.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I have heard the critiques - New Haven will never be Yale’s selling point, or even a factor prospective students list on the “Pro” side of the pro/con list they are making to help them decide which law school to attend.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
A few weeks ago, one of the student organizations I joined sent out an e-mail inviting six students to go out to dinner with a professor. I jumped at the chance.
Friday, January 11, 2008
When I was visiting law schools for the various admit weekends, I noticed one common thread running through every school tour: the amount of time spent on showcasing the law library.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Yale is the utopia of law schools: a gorgeous gothic building surrounding a lush green courtyard, world-renowned professors, and an extremely relaxed grading policy -- what more could you want? But in my first couple weeks here, I learned that while all that certainly contributes to making Yale a wonderful experience, what truly distinguishes the law school is the faculty.
Friday, January 4, 2008
This past Monday, our small group professor cancelled our 10 a.m. Contracts class and instead scheduled a trip to New York City. We were to see Judge Calabresi, also a Yale professor, sit on the bench of the Second Circuit Court of appeals in the morning and to eat dinner at the New York home of Henry Hansmann, our small group professor who was organizing the trip.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
I tried to explain to them that the last (and only) time I had gone bowling I was roundly beaten … by a group of children … under the age of 12. But they weren’t having any of it. My small group was competing against three other groups in a bowl-off (the technical term, I’m sure), and I was playing.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I’m finishing up my first semester of law school this week, and I’m pretty shocked how quickly it has passed. Despite Yale’s reputation of being “theoretical,” I feel like in one semester I’ve learned a lot of skills that will help me in my law career.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Among other things, one aspect of Yale Law that I have found to be different from almost any other law school in America is the lack of a separate 1L legal writing class. Instead of a scheduled class, all of our writing assignments are integrated into other courses throughout the first semester.
Friday, December 14, 2007
With the deadline looming for deciding where to spend the summer, I thought I’d comment on the idiosyncrasies of the Yale 2L job search.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Go Yale beat Harvard! I have just experienced my first Harvard-Yale weekend and a glimpse into the all-encompassing bulldog pride that is truly at its height during this weekend.
Monday, November 19, 2007
In the midst of get-to-know-you barbeques and hikes as a 1L class, every so often, a 2L would appear on the scene. My first thought was always, “Who is this incredibly impressive person in front of me and how have they gotten to where they are today?”
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I was nervous about my first legal writing assignment. At YLS, we don’t have a separate legal writing course for 1L students. Instead, we learn research and writing within one of the four first semester classes – in my case, Constitutional Law.
Friday, November 9, 2007
After reading this blog, you probably know all the reasons why YLS is such a great place to be. It’s small, full of really sharp people and truly brilliant professors, not competitive, has a strong public interest focus, no grades, yada, yada. At this point in the admissions process, I think I had the brochure memorized. What I didn’t know, but did suspect, is how far the Yale name can carry you when it comes time to find a job.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Before I arrived in New Haven, I worried about Yale’s size. I thought a legal metropolis was necessary to create rich communities of varied interests. Over the last two months, I’ve found that Yale has more dynamic niches than I imagined. One of my favorites thus far has been my journal, the Journal of Law & Humanities.
Friday, November 2, 2007
This past week was “flyback week,” a funny euphemism for Fall Break. The idea is that 2Ls who are interviewing with law firms can have the week off to fly around the country and interview for summer jobs (which, presumably, lead to permanent positions), while the 1Ls and 3Ls can catch up on our reading.
Monday, October 29, 2007
I’ve learned a lot of things since I began law school. I’ve learned many things from traditional classroom lectures, but I’ve learned just as much from my experiences outside of class.
Monday, October 15, 2007
I came to YLS expecting the school to provide all the intellectual challenges and opportunities I could ever want. I was definitely not disappointed in the least, but surprised when I found out that I would be getting more than just food for thought.
Monday, September 17, 2007
During most of late August in 2006, my head hurt from the different emotions on my mind. I became afraid, excited, intrigued and nervous all at once. To make things worse, I was in a new city, called New Haven – which according to the masses is not a wonderful place to reside. In short, I was a new student at Yale Law School.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
On the first day of law school, I nervously walked into my first class, opened my laptop, and prepared to become part of the overwhelmed, anonymous masses.
Monday, April 30, 2007
As I near the end of my second year, I’m coming to realize that the number of environmental courses offered at Yale hasn’t been as big of a problem as I feared it would be.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Something that I hear all the time from prospective students is that Yale is too “theoretical,” and that if you want to do something “practical,” you would be better off at another school.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
I am often asked some form of the following: “I know Yale doesn’t have grades. But do you really not have grades? And doesn’t that just mean that you are more competitive in other aspects?” The answers to those questions are yes, we do have grades, and yes, there is competition.
Monday, March 26, 2007
At the end of last year, amidst the chaos of the holiday season, combined with the end of classes, I did not realize how special it was to select classes for second semester of your 1L year.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I have to admit that it was a little intimidating to lead a client meeting after officially being a law student for no more than a few months.