Intramural Sports and Other Activities in Williamsburg

K KoballaBy Kasey Koballa, Class of 2018

At William & Mary, outside of the classroom, you can often find our students participating in Intramural sports or other athletic activities. These provide students with a mental break from the classroom as well as a great opportunity to engage with other law students and have some fun!  Law students participate in intramural sports with the rest of the College, which can heighten the competition, allows for the change to meet people outside of the law school, and provides stress-relief.  These sports range from team sports (such as volleyball, dodgeball, soccer, basketball, softball, and flag football) to a few individual sports (such as tennis and rock climbing).

With a large number of prior collegiate athletes at William & Mary in addition to the competitive nature of law students, our teams often fare well against the undergraduates, but offer some less-competitive avenues as well. Throughout my three years here, I have played on various soccer, basketball, and football teams.  A few of the teams have contended for championships, but with others, we were lucky to just get into playoffs.  Regardless of the success, engaging in intramural sports provided me with a great opportunity to get to know other students and let off a little stress, and most importantly, have fun!  When I entered law school, I was worried whether I would still have time to pay sports (or even go to the gym), but we highly encourage students to get involved in intramural sports and athletic activities alike.  It is nice to know that every time I go to the William & Mary gym I’ll run into another law student and a smiling, familiar face!

Outside of Intramural opportunities, William & Mary Law student organizations, such as the Military and Veterans Law Society, run weekly clubs as well as the Williamsburg Winery and a few other organizations throughout the Williamsburg Community. We also host an annual Faculty-Student Basketball game (as part of Admitted Students Weekend). William & Mary sends a team yearly to the UVA Softball Tournament in April.  Additionally, student groups such as the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the Innocence Project have hosted basketball and dodgeball tournaments to raise money for a good cause – another source of engagement and stress relief!

Lastly, while we are not directly on the coast of Virginia, Williamsburg is surrounded by various bodies of water. With the mild-climate in Williamsburg, students will often rent boats, canoes, or paddleboards and get out on the James River or College Creek along the Colonial Parkway.  This offers students with more and diverse opportunities to stay active, relieve stress, and get some Vitamin D!  And, personally being from the coast, I feel that nothing relieves stress better than being out on the water!

Life in Williamsburg

R GallagherBy: Ryan Gallagher, Class of 2019

Prospective students, friends, and family members often ask me what life is like in Williamsburg. They seem to have the impression that Williamsburg is a historically preserved tourist town, a sleepy retirement spot, or a pitstop between Virginia Beach and Richmond.  Although some aspects of these impressions may be true—Colonial Williamsburg and the Cheese Shoppe are exponentially harder to navigate in the summer than in the winter—Williamsburg has a great deal to offer law students.

Simply put, I think Williamsburg is the perfect place to attend graduate school. As a Law School alumnus recently put it, “Williamsburg has enough going on to keep you from getting bored, but not too much to distract you from what you’re there for.”  Williamsburg offers plenty of places to eat, things to do, and beautiful scenery—everything that a three-year transplant could want.

Williamsburg is neither a small town nor a big city, which I think is an asset. It takes me ten to fifteen minutes to get to the Law School from the opposite side of town.  I am originally from a small town in Kentucky.  If you wanted to do something—go out to eat, see a movie, go to school for the day, and so on—you had to drive at least thirty or forty minutes to do so.  After high school, I moved to the biggest city in the state for college.  Traffic in Louisville could make what should be a ten-minute drive to Target a rage-inducing, hour-long standstill.  Williamsburg does not have this problem.

As I mentioned above, Williamsburg has plenty of things to do. Students are able to take advantage of Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, the undergrad campus, and Colonial Williamsburg (which is only a short walk from the Law School).  Law Students get free admission to William & Mary’s home basketball and football games.  Additionally, law students typically use the gym, trails, and participate in intramural sports on the undergrad campus.

Williamsburg is also perfectly situated geographically. It takes forty to fifty minutes to get to Richmond or Virginia Beach, two hours to Charlottesville, and three hours to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  Furthermore, if you are interested in history, Jamestown (the first permanent English settlement in America) and Yorktown (the site of General Conwallis’s surrender to General George Washington to end the Revolutionary War) are both only twenty minutes away.  Williamsburg’s perfect position along Virginia’s coast provides W&M Law students the opportunity to take a variety of day or weekend trips.

I hope you will consider giving Williamsburg a close look. It is not merely a tourist trap or a pass-through between Richmond and Virginia Beach.  Williamsburg’s movie theaters, food, amusement parks, history, College, and location make it a perfect place to go to law school.