10 Questions with Jamie Eisner

Get to know this year’s student bloggers! And make sure you’re following us on Instagram for an inside look into William & Mary Law!  

Jamie Eisner is a 2L from Yorktown, Virginia

Jamie is a 2L from Yorktown, Virginia

  1. Who are you?
    My name is Jamie, and I grew up in Yorktown, VA.  I went to Wake Forest for undergrad (go Deacs!), and I spent a year living in Thailand as a English teacher and backpacking around Southeast Asia before starting at W&M Law.  Some fun facts about me: I am a big fitness junky, I love sushi and Thai food, I am left-handed, I can do a backflip.
  1. What are you reading right now?
    My textbooks :/
  1. What is your Cheese Shop order?
    I’m a vegetarian, so either the veggie sandwich or a grilled cheese.
  1. Favorite study spot in the law school?
    You can find me on the second floor of the library in one of the carrels by the back windows – come say hi!
  1. Who is your legal idol?
    RBG (who else?)
  1. What is your go-to at Aromas?
    Chai latte (Aromas chai > Starbucks chai)
  1. Favorite arbitrary law?
    In Washington state, “the premeditated, wilful, or wanton slaying of Sasquatch shall be unlawful” (used to be a felony, now only a misdemeanor!).  According to the ordinance, “Sasquatch” may also be known as “Yeti,” “Bigfoot,” or “Giant Hairy Ape.” [Ordinance No. 1969-01]
  1. Favorite spot[s] to eat in town?
    Fat Canary and Amber Ox
  1. One thing you wish you would have known before applying to law school.
    Everything works out the way it’s supposed to. Trust the process!
  1. Your motivation for law school.
    Knowing that one day all of this hard work will be worth it when I’m helping to give my clients the best possible legal representation.

So You’re Gonna Be a 1L: Advice for Incoming Law Students

1L students walk to Kimball Theater for Opening Day of Law Week!

1L students walk to Kimball Theater for Opening Day of Law Week!

If you’ve been following our Instagram this week, you may have noticed some pieces of advice from current students about starting law school. There has been some GREAT information, so if you don’t already follow us, make sure you do. But we did notice that a few pieces of information were missing, so here is our take:

5 Things Every Incoming 1L Should Know:

  1. No one else knows what they’re doing either. It doesn’t matter if you’re coming straight from undergrad or if you’ve been working as a paralegal for 5 years – for the most part, no one has been in law school before the day they step foot in the door. Which means that no one else knows exactly what to do, what to say, where to go, or what to expect. It’s totally normal to be both excited and terrified at the thought of starting law school. One of the reasons we ask current students to work with Legal Practice sections is to make sure that there is someone there to help who has been in your shoes before (and a bit more recently than some of the faculty). Don’t worry about making a mistake, because everyone else will, too.
  2. No one will remember your answer to a cold-call. Admittedly, someone did bring this up in our Instagram chat, but it’s worth reiterating. Cold-calls are the bane of most students’ existence in the first year if for no other reason than no one wants to be wrong or ill-prepared in a room full of your peers. Here’s the good news: no one will remember what you said. We always hear the horror stories of law schools across the country with vindictive faculty out to get students for being unprepared in their first few weeks – we can very confidently say that has never happened here. And your peers in class will be there with the information to back you up and help you out in those situations.
  3. Your faculty are your friends. Go. To. Office. Hours. Yes, they can be intimidating, but it will be one of the best things you can do for yourself in the first few weeks of class. Introduce yourself to your faculty, get to know them a bit, and help them get to know you. It’s much easier to build that relationship early on than wait until 2 weeks before finals to try and get help. This goes for research librarians, administrators, and housekeeping staff, too. Everyone in this building wants you to be successful and happy during your time here. Insiders tip: get to know Ms. Sherri in Zime Cafe – she is a legend among legends. 
  4. Librarys are for studying, not living. This is, and we can’t stress this enough, the most important tip. You will spend a lot of time in the library,  but there is no reason for you to live there. Go home. Sleep. Eat something. Go out with your friends. Do something you love that isn’t related to Con Law or Torts. The library will always be there, but one of the most important things to remember is that if you aren’t living well, you can’t study well. Mental health and wellness is a big focus here, and in a profession with a reputation for stress and anxiety, building a routine for wellness now will help you in your future career.
  5. It’s only 3 years. Whether you need to hear that at 3 AM when you’re writing your Property outline or savoring a moment with friends at Barrister’s Ball, law school is only three years. It’s hard, yes; it’s frustrating, definitely; it sometimes may feel like it’s not worth it, sure. But in the end, it will be three years of lifelong friendships, work experiences that seemed completely unobtainable, and opportunities that many law students won’t get the chance to take part in. You’ll be a law student for three years, but an alum for life.