Posts by: debarton

Why You Should Talk About Politics at the Dinner Table

Talking about politics in a social setting is often considered either completely taboo, or at the very least an advanced maneuver. Etiquette specialists such as Emily Post have even published guidelines to successfully navigating conversations about politics to help the wary conversationalist. The risk in discussing politics with family and friends is, I think, twofold. […]

Choosing Classes: A Networking Opportunity

From what I have seen so far, there appear to be two basic approaches people take to 2nd and 3rd year legal education. The first is to take a number of general ‘core’ classes first, such as Evidence; Criminal Procedure; Wills, Trusts & Estates; Corporations; Administrative Law; and Tax. After taking all or most of […]

The Rules of the Game; How Law School Changes How You Think

How long has it been since you’ve played Hasbro’s “the Game of Life”? I’ll bet you would play it differently now that you’re an adult. Once you’re in law school, you might play it differently still. Here is what I mean: in the Game of Life, you have to make a number of “life decisions”. […]

Law School ≠ College

I recently visited my sister at Smith College, where she is a first year student. During this visit I was very surprised by the college lifestyle and I realized I hadn’t really thought about how it is to be a different law student rather than a college student. In this post, I’m going to reflect a little on […]

Not Being A Party Person At BU (Is fine)

This last weekend was BU Law SGA’s annual harbor cruise. I did not go. This post is about fitting in at BU Law if you are not really a party person (it totally works). A little background: I’m kind of a nerd. I like Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Bones, and anything written by Orson Scott […]

Launching Into 2L Year

Around the first week of August my summer exploded into my second year of law school. I had been enjoying a quiet summer working as a Law Clerk for a two-attorney firm in Norwich, Vermont. I lived with my boyfriend Rob and our two dogs. I enjoyed working on substantive Trusts & Estates and Real […]

Moot Court and Mock Trial

This week I had my 1L appellate moot court oral argument and I also volunteered as a ‘witness’ for a friend’s clinic mock trial. Today’s blog will compare the two experiences. First, this week marked the much anticipated final assignment for the 1L writing program: the appellate oral argument. My argument concerned whether evidence of […]

“Is 1L Year Really As Bad As They Say It Is?”

As I may have mentioned before, the administrators of this blog program occasionally give us prompts. This semester I was surprised to find the following prompt in my inbox: “Is 1l year really as bad as they say it is?”. With only a month left of my 1L year to go, I think I’ll give […]

The Week After Follies

Follies is over, so it’s time to reflect. First, there’s all of Follies week to think about, and then this week – both great weeks in their own way. (1) Follies Week Follies week is, in a word, insane. Starting last Monday we had rehearsal starting at 5:00pm and going until 10:00, 11:00, or even […]

To Do, or Not to Do? Extra-Curricular Activities and 1L Year.

We have only eight days before opening night of the Legal Follies performance, and we are busy, busy, busy! By now I’ve told you about my grueling schedule (I’m at the law tower from 9am to at least 9pm almost every day) during the Follies’ big crunch time, and I’ve told you how it affects […]