Spring cleaning – 2L edition

2L Spring Cleaning

[ Stephanie Baldwin, 2L at the University of Arizona ]

It’s hard to believe that spring break is almost here and along with it midterms, pressing journal or law review note due dates, externship deadlines that add to the pressure, and so much more. We have a lot on our plates, and spring break is a great time to check in on ourselves and looming deadlines. Here are some “spring cleaning” tips to get yourself organized and prepared for the rest of the semester.

First, how are you?

Seriously, take some time for yourself and check-in. At the beginning of my 1L, I talked about often said summary of law school, which included the statement “in 2L they work you to death,” which so far has rung true. Most 2Ls I know are feeling overwhelmed, so permit yourself to relax during spring break. We have all written some great blogs on self-care, so check those out if you need some ideas. For many of us, it is important to remember that this is the last break we have before starting our summer associate or clerkship positions. If you don’t take a moment now to really relax, your next break might not be until early August!

Next, double-check deadlines

Sure, we have our class assignments, but also check in on deadlines for your note or substantial paper, when you need to sign up for the MPRE, editorial board election applications, moot court, and if you’re graduating early, those deadlines too. Whew, that’s a lot, but they’re all things to be aware of and taking a moment now will benefit you in the long run.  

Finally, check in on graduation requirements.

Now is the perfect time to touch base with the registrar’s office to make sure you’re on track for graduation. If you do this now, you’ll avoid the rush of all of the other 2Ls seeking guidance as we get closer to registering for our fall classes. One of my friends recently found out they can graduate in December, while another just discovered they haven’t fulfilled six required credits yet, so they’ll have to take those unexpected classes during their 3L. Checking in now can bring peace of mind and allow you to have one less thing to do in the future.

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