A Farewell to the 3Ls

zimmermanby Liesel Zimmerman, Class of 2018

Just a few days ago, the members of the Class of 2017 donned their robes and walked across the stage to accept their diplomas. Hundreds of family members and friends gathered with the graduates at the Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheater at Lake Matoaka while “Pomp and Circumstance” played in the background. After three years of relentless hard work, it was a time of reflection and celebration for the graduating class. For the 1Ls and 2Ls, however, it marked a more somber occasion, because we know that William & Mary Law School will not be the same without them.

The 2Ls first met this year’s graduates when they were working on cite checks and writing their notes in the Fall semester of 2016. They were our Legal Practice Fellows and our TAs, and they kindly showed us where to go when we didn’t know how to get to the Cottage. Since the 1Ls have been here, they have seen the 3Ls excel as leaders in student organizations. The 1Ls have listened to their advice on tackling the job search and taking interesting classes. They’ve seen the 3Ls’ succeed as editors and staff members on law journals, and they’ve been encouraged to take part as well.

Class2017-475x265 (002)Apart from our memories of them, surely the 3Ls have fond memories of their own. They remember bonding with their new classmates during Law Week while everyone tried to figure out how law school works. They felt the stress of their first cold call, and the reassuring pat on the back they got from their neighbor when it was over. Thoughts of their first-year Legal Practice Sections, and the life-long friendships that came from them. Laughs shared over cheese fries at Bar Review. Fun nights spent dressing up for Fall Formals and Barristers’ Balls. Hanging out with professors after winning their packages at Auction. In spite of the stress of law school, memories such as these must make the end of their legal education bittersweet.

To the graduating 3Ls and LLMs: your fellow law students are proud of you and all that you have accomplished in your time here. You have shown an amazing work ethic and have helped make our organizations, teams, journals, and community what they are today. We thank you for being role models to us and for showing us what it means to be Citizen Lawyers. Most importantly, we thank you for being wonderful classmates and friends. You have done incredible things at William & Mary, and we know you will continue to make our school proud. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

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