Posts by: Sarah Simkin

Hi, I’m Sarah, class of 2015. Welcome to my blog!

A little background about me: I graduated Spring 2012 from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Creative Nonfiction Writing and Political Science (and minors in Film Studies and Legal Studies: yes I did all of that in four years, no I did not sleep very much). I also wrote for the school newspaper The Pitt News and worked as an office assistant in Pitt’s Office of General Counsel.

In the shreds of spare time law school leaves me (Yes, you do sometimes have spare time in law school.. well, ‘spare’ isn’t the right term, strategically managed non-library time, perhaps) I like yoga and running 5ks, cooking, museums and concerts. I’m a lot more likely to be doing laundry and guiltily watching some egregiously bad television (Have you seen Scandal? It’s awful and I can’t look away), but those are the things I wish I was doing.

Within the law tower I’m a 2L Section Representative to the Student Government Association and a student attorney in the civil litigation Employment Rights Clinic.

Dyeing To Fit In

Every time I told myself ‘No more after this, this has got to stop before law school.‘ The bad habit I struggled to quit? Dying my hair fanciful colors. (The title was a horrible pun and I apologize.) I had been dying my hair various hues of purple for years. I liked the subtle little […]

Living in Boston as a 1L

When people ask me what I like most about Boston I usually joke that I’ve only really seen the stretch of Commonwealth Avenue between my apartment and the law tower but that those few blocks seem nice. This is of course not true. I don’t have the time to explore Boston as thoroughly or often […]

Fall 1L Classes In Review

Although you’ll find the same basic curriculum everywhere, every law school does things a little differently. BU only has one year-long class, the legal writing seminar, which you get a separate grade for each semester worth 1.5 credit hours. The other fall classes (Torts, Contracts, and Civil Procedure) are each worth 4.0 credit hours. As I’m […]

Justice Stephen Breyer Speaks at BU Law

“I want the intellectual challenge” was my go-to explanation for why I was planning to attend law school when the question was posed by people I didn’t care to explain the complexities of my career decisions to. But was that glib response true? My concerns were quelled by an unlikely source: Nino Scalia. When a […]

How exams work

After days and weeks of feverish studying, the first round of law school exams was finally upon us. Most people with even a cursory knowledge of the law school experience know this was a time to be feared, but what all did the dreaded Exam Week actually entail?   What do these law school exams […]

Working While in Law School

“Your number one job for the next three years is law school.” I can’t attribute that quote because virtually everyone who advised me on my transition to law school said some variation of the same sentiment.  Most notably the American Bar Association, which prohibits working more than twenty hours a week during law school. But […]

Law School: Am I Doing it Right?

My 1L class is turning out to have a lot in common with each other, beyond the obvious series of life choices that somehow led us to law school. We’re intellectually curious, we’re hard workers, we’re excited to be here…  and we’re terrified that we’re doing it wrong. It’s hard to shake the feeling that […]