Second Semester Reflections: Learning to Stand on My Own
The second semester has finally started, and I am extremely excited because this is my last semester in law school. I am so happy to be graduating this year - it was definitely a long time coming. As for the clinic, I am so pleased that I am able to be a part of it during my last year in law school. I have learned a lot from being in this clinic. I believe the experiences I gained from the clinic will greatly serve me in the future.
One of the things that I learned is that I really need to work on communication with my clients. During the first semester my partner and I had problems communicating with each other, but we fixed that. Now, I am having trouble communicating with my client. My partner and I will go weeks without emailing our clients or keeping them up-to-date with what we’re doing, and that’s really bad. So this semester I am really going to work on making sure I have contacted my clients at least once a week, letting them know what I am working on when it comes to their particular situation and letting them know if I have any questions.
I have also learned that I have to stop expecting my professor to give me the answer. When I don’t know something I look to my professor for the answer, expecting her to know it, which she does - but she doesn’t tell me. She makes me find it for myself and then explain it. This is a good lesson to learn now, because in the future I will not have anyone to look to for the answer. I will have to find the answer on my own and be able back it up. So I am going to try to do better from now. If I don’t know the answer I will either think through it or look it up. In the end, I’m glad I’ve learned these things now while I can still fix them, instead of down the road.