Meet the Student Bloggers!

It’s that time again: students are back on campus, the academic year is officially in full swing, and you want to hear from our students! The Admissions Office is lucky to have a number of student bloggers who have volunteered to share their experiences while at William & Mary Law School. You can expect to hear more about living in Williamsburg, internships and externships, how to handle cold calls, and the best (and worst) of every day life in law school.

Jackson_Briana MBriana 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.

R JaegerRebecca Jaeger is a 2L from Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. She earned her honors degrees in Biology, History, Spanish at the University of Delaware in 2016, and traveled abroad to Spain during her time as a Blue Hen. While at the law school, she has joined the Moot Court Team and served as the 2L representative for the Student Bar Association. She also spends time working on the William & Mary Law Review staff, and spent last summer working for the New Jersey Federal Magistrate.

Lowell_Brooke E Brooke Lowell is a 2L from Rockland, Maine. She attended Simmons College and earned her degree in Political Science in 2017. She is currently a member of the Public Service Fund and serves as the Vice President for Equity Alliance. She also works as a member of the Bill of Rights Journal staff. Last summer, she served as a graduate research assistant for Professor Evan Criddle at William & Mary Law School and will continue to do so throughout this year; in addition, Brooke will work at the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia as her externship.

Mano_Lea C Lea Mano calls Paris, France home, though she graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with a degree in Political Science. Prior to her time at William & Mary, she worked as a paralegal for Sherman & Sterling in New York before serving as a consultant for the French presidential campaign in 2016. As a law student, she serves as the law school representative to William & Mary’s chapter of Building Tomorrow, a national non-profit organization that aims to provide children in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to education. She also serves as a member of the Bill of Rights Journal staff.

O'Hara_Emily R Emily O’Hara is a 2L from Syracuse, New York who earned her honors degrees in English & Textual Studies and Political Science in 2017. As a student, she serves as a member of the William & Mary Law School Honor Council, and a staff member on the William & Mary Law Review. Last summer, she worked at the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia while simultaneously working with Professor Allison Larson as a graduate research assistant.

Agyevi-Armah_NicholasSNick Agyevi-Armah is a 1L hailing from Frederick, Maryland. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, he received his degree in Government & Politics in 2018. While at Maryland, he worked throughout the university in various student leadership capacities such as New Student Orientation and the Student Government Association. He also served as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate legal writing program. Recently matriculating to William & Mary Law School, he works as a student staff member in the Office of Admission.

Reflections of a Recent Graduate: Special Edition

As a special edition of Get Wythe It, we asked recent graduate and former blogger Liesel Zimmerman to provide her reflections on her time in Williamsburg and as a student at William & Mary Law School. 

IMG_3357As September comes into full swing, the new semester is now well underway. Students are reuniting with friends, sorting out their schedules, and adjusting to the unique cold-calling styles of their professors. For me, it feels strange not to be settling into the familiar rhythm of Williamsburg. As a member of the most recent graduating class, this marks the first fall in three years that I’m not walking the halls of the nation’s oldest law school. The feeling is bittersweet, and has made me reflect on the ways I was impacted by my time at William & Mary.

I was drawn to William & Mary by its rich history and its sense of community. That collegial atmosphere proved to be one of my favorite aspects of my law school experience. I instantly bonded with the members of my Legal Practice Section, and made lifelong friends. From the beginning of 1L, I encountered 2Ls and 3Ls who were willing to mentor me and invest in me as I began my legal education.

My professors genuinely cared about me as a person, and wanted to see me succeed. My brilliant classmates constantly challenged me, and I count myself fortunate to have learned alongside so many gifted thinkers who are truly passionate about the law.

easter1Much of my feeling of community came from the extracurricular activities I took part in. The Christian Legal Society was a foundational part of my law school experience. It helped me stay grounded in my faith and establish enduring friendships. Through the Moot Court Team, I found my voice as an advocate. Simultaneously, it was both terrifying and rewarding to be behind the podium arguing my case to persuade the panel of judges. While writing my note for the Journal of Women and the Law, (now the Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice), I had the opportunity to extensively research human trafficking laws in New York State. The knowledge I acquired will be indispensable as I work toward my ultimate career goal of prosecuting human trafficking cases.

SaraSapia_ThanksgivingBasketsMy time in law school proved to be tremendously challenging. Yet there are too many fond memories for me to count despite the challenge. I will forever treasure my section’s Thanksgiving Baskets display, where we incorporated all of our professors into our Star Wars-themed sculpture, “May the Torts Be Wythe You.” I’ll never forget the unparalleled experience of watching oral arguments at the Supreme Court, and meeting Justice Sotomayor with Professor Devins’ Supreme Court Seminar. I think of Dean Douglas’ and Professor Heymann’s epic Lip Sync Battle every time I hear “Shake it Off” on the radio. And I will always remember exploring Colonial Williamsburg with my roommates, and relishing the joys of living in Colonial America.

Now, for some unsolicited advice (although not legal advice – the bar results haven’t come out yet). To the 1Ls: give yourselves time to adjust to this new venture you’re setting out on. It will take a while to learn how to “do law school,” but soon you will look back on these early days and see just how far you’ve come. 2Ls, this year will present new challenges, but you will accomplish more than you ever thought possible. Know that your Tribe is rooting for you. 3Ls, enjoy this year as you take the final steps toward becoming Citizen Lawyers. The time will fly by, so be sure to make lasting memories every chance you get. And to prospective students, I hope you’ll enjoy your law school experience as much as I have. There is nowhere I would have rather spent the last three years than at William & Mary.