Camaraderie of the 1L’s

In late August I walked into the law auditorium with (almost) 257 total strangers. There were a few familiar faces: someone who went to my undergraduate alma mater, someone I worked with at the statehouse, and someone I met at preview day. But beyond those few recognizable faces, everyone else was a stranger. One of the first speeches made on day one of orientation was detailing the impressive resumes of the class of 2019: the multiple languages spoken, the multiple countries of origin, the volunteer experiences, work experiences, graduate degrees, and hobbies; among us are an NFL cheerleader, division I athletes, concert musicians, and many more.

Chances are that future BU Law classes will experience the exact same feeling at orientation. Sitting in a room realizing how impressive and unique your fellow classmates are can leave anyone in awe. What I’d like to tell future 1Ls is this: your classmates are impressive, and so are you. You’re one of their impressive classmates, after all. You wouldn’t be here if admissions didn’t see something special in you. And before you know it, your classmates will cease to be strangers and start to become close friends. You’ll learn from their experiences, share your own, and have new ones together.

It’ll start during your first week of class. You sit next to someone new, and nervously talk about readings for the day. Soon enough, you’ll be eating lunch with a few people you’ve made friends with. You’ll lounge in the sun on BU beach and talk about where you’re from and what you’ve been up to. You’ll talk about pets when a dog plays fetch on the lawn. The next day you’ll find yourself in the library between classes, and even though you have no idea how you got to the table behind the far stacks on the third floor, you’ll see a familiar face. Then there will be a group text, and talks about going to bar review.

Once a schedule falls into place, so do your new friends. Before you know it, there’s a dozen of you complaining about Pennoyer v. Neff and laughing about both the plaintiff and defendant’s unsavory character descriptions. At the end of that week you’ll be meeting up at someone’s apartment before the boat cruise to be social and talk about anything besides law school (but I guarantee you’ll mention a case at least once).

1L year brings about a sense of camaraderie that is undeniable. All your other 1L classmates feel just the same as you do, and no-one—from biology majors to paralegals—knows how to write a perfect case brief on the first try. You’ll all experience 1L together as newly minted members of BU Law, and share in all the experiences that come with 1L year. You have classmates to lean on and talk to about everything and anything, from apartment problems to that weird Torts case last week. And perhaps that is the most comforting thing about 1L year- no matter how difficult, frustrating, or stressful things get, you’re never going to be alone.

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