03.05.11 By Kailey

Clinics, Oral Advocacy, and Mardi Gras

Hey everybody! Sorry for the delayed post… I took the week off from writing because I was so busy!

This week there was an amazing informational meeting about the Clinical offerings at WashU. I was aware of the general idea of clinics but didn’t have a great deal of knowledge about what they entail and what WashU has to offer. I was extremely impressed by the professors’ passion for their clinics and the enthusiasm of the students who had participated and shared their experiences. Clinics allow students to gain more practical lawyering experience in a wide variety of fields ranging from Transactional Intellectual Property work to Civil Justice to Judicial Clerkships. I would encourage you to check out this webpage which lists each of the clinics and has more information about them. Typically students participate in clinics their 2L or 3L year earning anywhere from 3 credits to a full semester’s worth. They are a great way to get hands-on experience with the guidance of a professor who is passionate about that legal field, while still getting school credit and making connections which could help you get a job in the future.

1L’s also completed the Oral Advocacy requirement this week which entails an 8 minute Oral Argument against another student representing the opposing party. Our case involved First Amendment Rights to Freedom of Speech for students in public high schools – the same topic as our closed brief that was due this week! I had to advocate for the defendants (the high school) against a classmate of mine who argued for the Plaintiffs (the students). We were judged by 2L’s and 3L’s who are members of the Moot Court team. It was kind of stressful but the judges had great feedback so I thought it was a worthwhile experience.

In other thrilling news…I got a job for the summer! Hooray! It’s exactly what I wanted and will allow me to do a lot of research, writing, and be able to stay in St. Louis (which is fabulous). I will also be eligible for the Public Interest Stipend which WashU provides to 1L’s who work for non-profit legal organizations. Many of my other friends have already nailed down jobs across the country, while others are continuing to apply or are completing their “call back” interviews. Between personal connections, the career services office, the world wide web, persistence, and hard work — most people seem to be finding their way to employment.

In non-law-school related news, I’m super pumped to report that it is Girl Scout Cookie season and I am demolishing Samoas (“caramel delites”), like it’s my job. It’s also Mardi Gras in St. Louis! We host the 2nd largest Mardi Gras celebration in the US every year in Soulard and it gets wild. A bunch of law students went down to the parade today and had a blast. It’s an all day event, so they’ll have to hit the books tomorrow, but I know they’ll say it was worth it.

That’s about all for now. Next week I have a midterm, a paper, and a practice problem due because it is the last week before spring break. Then I’m off to San Francisco and Napa for a week. I need a break! Hope you all have a great weekend…go get yourself some Girl Scout cookies! =)


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