As my first year winds down I did some thinking. I reflected on everything I gave up in DC; the experiences I lost and the experiences I gained. I came to one conclusion... life is complicated. Law school is complicated. Would I do anything different? No. Have I learned anything? Hell yeah. It's been a tumultuous year. I've have really bad luck, confusion, frustration, loneliness, sadness, excitement, satisfaction, fulfillment, and exhaustion - sometimes all at once; sometimes in bouts of emotion. I think that's what law school prepares you for... the harsh world of lawyers, law, and legal careers... and pressure.
Nonetheless, it's been a great year. In my reflection I came up with a how-to for a first year law student. Enjoy!