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…]

W&M Law Makes Its Podcast Debut with “Office Hours”

A KaiserBy Alyssa Kaiser, Class of 2019

For podcast lovers at the Law School, things just got exciting. Michaela Lieberman (3L) and Professor Jeffrey Bellin will now co-host “Office Hours.”  Each episode will present a conversation with a member of the faculty or other notable expert to explore an interesting topic.

Professor Eric Chason discussed Bitcoin on Episode 1, which is definitely something I see on the news all the time but do not understand “what the deal is.” I still am not sure I understand, but I now know Bitcoin is not similar to a token in Mario Cart, so, progress was made. Let’s just say I am on board with Michaela’s sentiment that she only understood about 40% of the conversation. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the witty exchanges and am looking forward to future legal topics.

I am excited the school started a podcast because it gives students the chance to update themselves on what is going on in the world and to learn from their favorite professors. The tone is very casual and sounds like a natural conversation (which can be a nice change for students used to getting cold called). The podcast feels like an extension of lunch hour meetings, but the flexibility of the podcast allows students to work it into our schedules at our own convenience. I can’t wait for future episodes!

Podcast Logo“Office Hours” is available on SoundCloud and iTunes. In addition to Professor Chason and other law school faculty, guests have included Bill Bray J.D. ’17, who pitched for the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds, William & Mary President Taylor Reveley, and Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union. The last episode of the semester airs April 17 with guest Dean Davison M. Douglas (topic: A Dean’s Life).