Life in the ‘Burg

For a prospective law student, there is a lot to consider when choosing where to study. Just as important as bar passage rates and employment data is the quality of life! Williamsburg has some of the best features of a small college town and a big city – enough that the New York Times named it one of 52 Places to Go in 2019! 2L Briana Jackson offers some of her experiences living and studying in Williamsburg as a law student.

Briana Jackson gives tips on law school research

Briana Jackson, 2L

Williamsburg is a charming city with deeply rooted history. When walking through Colonial Williamsburg, you will see beautiful horses, cobble stone walkways and historical interpreters in costume depicting daily Colonial life! Beyond the history and museums, Williamsburg and the surrounding area offer many places to eat, have fun, and relax.

There are countless restaurants, from mom and pop restaurants to chain-food eateries. A quick walk from the law school is Merchants Square, which houses some staples in the William & Mary culture – Cheese Shop and Aromas will forever be two of the most popular locations to grab some food or study for a few hours. Breads ends and House from Cheese Shop is highly sought after by current students and alums alike. Regardless of what you’re craving, Williamsburg probably has something that will hit the spot!

The Cheese Shop in Merchants Square is a university staple

The Cheese Shop in Merchants Square is a university staple

Beyond the surplus of food options in the area, there are many ways to unwind and take a break from the books. If you are an adrenaline junky or just like to enjoy the food and drinks at an amusement park like myself, Busch Gardens is just a short drive away. Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is European theme with nine villages centered around six countries to visit. The park offers roller coasters, rides, and games. If you like being by the water, Williamsburg is about an hour and fifteen minutes away from Virginia Beach and forty-five minutes away from smaller beaches in Newport News! If you are looking for a getaway weekend, Williamsburg is also near Richmond, Virginia. In an hour drive, you can be surrounded by the business of city living. Long weekends could put you in Washington, D.C., the Blueridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, or the Eastern Shore really quickly!

While there are many neighboring cities to keep William & Mary students busy, most students spend their weekends locally in Williamsburg. A typical weekend in Williamsburg for me involves going to the Movie Tavern with some friends or staying in and watching Netflix. On Saturday mornings I go to the Farmer’s Market in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchant Square to pick out fresh flowers. Saturday evenings I typically hang out at Green Leafe Café or the College Delly on Richmond Road. This area is an excellent place to hang out with fellow law students and meet other students at William & Mary graduate and undergraduate campuses. Williamsburg is a close-knit and welcoming community!

Briana Jackson is a 2L from Leesburg, Virginia. She graduated from Christopher Newport News University in 2016 with a degree in Political Science. At the law school, she is involved with the Black Law Students Association, the Public Service Fund, and the Women’s Law Society; she currently serves on the staff of the Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice (formerly the Journal of Women and the Law), and spent last summer working at the Fairfax County District Court office.

Winding Up At William & Mary: Reflections from a Graduating 3L

B WillisBy Blake Willis, Class of 2018

The Class of 2018 graduated in May, and after having several weeks to reflect on the past three years, I’m finding it hard to sum them up in a simple blog post. William & Mary Law School is a special place – there is no doubting that; however, to try and describe the experience here probably would not give it full justice. As the oldest law school in the nation, it seems obvious to mention the history and tradition the school bolsters; the outstanding faculty; the internship and externship opportunities; or the incredible alumni base of which our students have access. However, as someone who has both read and contributed to the Get Wythe It! blog in the past, I know these topics get plenty of attention.

Rather, it is more accurate for someone like me – a recent graduate – to describe what made my three years here memorable and special. In truth, the best parts of the Law School differ for each person.

From the day you decide to attend William & Mary Law School, you will be welcomed into the community by current students, alumni, faculty and staff. The message is always consistent – what an amazing place this law school is. You would think with a message like that, people would be exaggerating, but the funny thing is the message is entirely founded in the realities that make up the School. You hear about internships and externships; the outstanding alumni who come to speak at the school, sponsor conferences, and host mock interviews each year; the competition teams and numerous student organizations; the first-rate faculty and staff. Truthfully, these words do not fully describe all that is William & Mary or what the School offers its students.  [Read more…]