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…]

A “Thank You” to William & Mary Law School

satiraby John Satira, Class of 2017 

After periodically contributing to the Get Wythe It! blog during my first and second years of law school, I am happy to take some time post-graduation to reflect on my entire experience at William & Mary Law School. Where do I begin?

I suppose I can start with the fulfillment of my expectations. When choosing a law school back as a college senior back in 2014, I knew that I wanted to go to a law school that would get me to my ideal legal job. That was my number one priority. For me, that was doing large law firm work in Washington, D.C. With that outcome-focused goal in mind, I chose William & Mary Law School due to its record for placing students in the very type of job that I wanted.

My expectations were met, and then some. Not only will I be heading to the D.C. office to work for an international law firm after graduation, I will also first spend a year clerking for a federal judge in the D.C. area. Coming to law school, I did not even have clerking as a goal, or know much about it, but the resources at William & Mary Law School both informed me of the opportunities that come with clerkships and then helped me secure one.

But my time at William & Mary Law School is made up of much more than the outcomes, despite outcomes being my goal when coming to law school. I have always liked school, and I was very happy to find enjoyment in almost all of my classes. While some topics resonated with me more than others, each class helped me to pinpoint exactly what type of law I would like to practice. The same can be said for extracurricular activities. While I was more heavily involved in some groups than others, each of my involvements helped me improve the necessarily skills I needed to succeed in law school. Hopefully, those skills will continue to serve me well into the future.

While classes and extracurricular activities were aspects of law school I expected to enjoy, I was a little anxious to start law school and meet my classmates. But upon starting classes, I was pleasantly surprised at how kind and friendly my classmates were, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with them, made up of attending classes, working diligently in study groups together outside of class, and participating in extracurricular activities. I have since learned that great classmates are the status quo at the law school, thanks to getting to know not only my own classmates, but students that came before me through connecting with alumni, and students that are coming after me through volunteering with the Admissions Office.

While I am excited to move on to the next stages in my life, I know I will look back fondly on my time at William & Mary Law School. Part of me thinks that I will miss the certain charms of Williamsburg the most. For example, where else in the world will you see off-duty colonial reenactors using modern day amenities like cell phones and cars? But I know that I will most definitely miss being in a challenging, but rewarding, educational environment with friendly, talented, and hard working classmates.

And I will forever be grateful to William & Mary Law School for molding me into a legal professional and sending me on my way into the world.

Read John’s contributions to Get Wythe It! here.

Watch the graduation slideshow here.