The First Month of Law School and the 2015-2016 Supreme Court Preview

borkby Emily Bork, Class of 2018

These past initial weeks as a 1L have been filled with all things new: a new city, new faces, new classmates, new subjects, new terminology, and most importantly, a new way of learning. Having only about five weeks of law school under my belt, I’ve grown more accustomed to tackling the course work and readings, but still face some uncertainty as to how it will all come together by the end of the semester, and even by the end of my 1L year. While I’ve been initiated into the highly anticipated cold-calling of the Socratic Method (and survived!), there are still some aspects of my 1L year that seem slightly nerve-wracking, especially outlining and prepping for exams.

 
All that being said, I come to find myself loving the law and my legal studies more and more each day. Maybe that’s totally nerdy for me to say, but it’s true! My passion for the law was re-affirmed when I attended William & Mary’s incredible 2015-2016 Supreme Court Preview this past weekend. Being able to listen to expert panels give their commentary and predictions regarding the cases that the Supreme Court will hear this term was truly an amazing experience. I also watched a moot court oral argument of a case that the Supreme Court will decide on this term concerning possible 1st Amendment issues of the subsidization of political speech in relation to public unions. An impressive and intellectually robust panel discussion followed afterwards regarding trends in the Supreme Court including the balance between interpretation of federal statutes and the need for judicial restraint. Even though I will admit that some of the topics were pretty complex, I found myself trying to dissect and analyze each of the speaker’s arguments. Halfway through my mental analysis of the panel’s discussion of Equal Protection and Due Process, I realized that I really am beginning to think in a different and exciting way.

 
Listening to the panels of scholars during the Supreme Court Preview inspired me to continue asking questions, analyzing, and trying to search for the answers. I know this semester will have its twists and turns along the way, but one thing’s for sure—I can’t wait to see where this journey will take me!

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