2nd Semester Reflections: GPITT and John Black Mandatory Rounds

Another semester is well underway here at the Law Center, and I really can’t believe that it’s more than halfway finished! This semester, the Part Time section is taking Torts, Contracts, and Lawyering Skills and Strategies II. There has been a bit of overlap between classes, and with Civil Procedure under my belt, I feel like I understand assigned reading much better in my two doctrinal classes. In LSS, I’ve already turned in a demand letter and a motion for summary judgment, and I am currently working on my graded brief. This semester, the LSS class covers persuasive and appellate writing, so the information I’ve learned so far about the appellate process and standards of appellate review has helped to further tie my studies together.

There have been two really exciting events this semester: the Government and Public Interest Table Talk (GPITT) hosted by the Career Development Office, and John Black Mandatory Rounds as part of my Lawyering Skills and Strategies class. As GPITT’s name suggests, government and public interest organizations come to campus to discuss their organizations’ work in detail and to take applications for summer internships. It was exciting to take another step further towards my legal career. Over 50 government and public interest organizations with various missions came to meet with students. I enjoyed speaking with the different organizations about the great work they do and the opportunities for law students to get involved with the organizations. Since public interest has been my goal from the outset, I had already researched a few organizations that I really want to work for and made sure to drop off applications and speak with the attorneys who attended. In the weeks since GPITT, I have interviewed with some of the organizations, and I was recently offered a summer internship! It was awesome news! I really feel like all the studying and schoolwork is starting to pay off. Even though I’ll be interning full time and taking classes in the evenings this summer, I can say I’ve never been so excited!

The second big event I’ve participated in this semester was the John Black Moot Court Competition mandatory rounds. As part of the LSS class, all 1L students participate in one round of oral arguments based on the appellate brief we’re currently drafting. The competition was an amazing opportunity to try out my public speaking skills outside of class, and the feedback I received from the judges will be helpful if I later decide to try out for the moot court or mock trial team. The other added benefit of having to participate in oral arguments is that you are forced to outline your brief early, which hopefully will take some of the work out of writing it.

An official article about GPITT with photos can be found here.