Wednesday, March 12th at 12:00
Although I am about to finish law school (only about 9 weeks left!), I am about to participate in my first mock trial today. This is something I’ve managed to avoid, even though TU offers tons of opportunities for trial practice including classes, clubs, and competitions. It’s not like I couldn’t have done this a lot sooner, as most of my classmates have. I just chose to avoid it. Today’s mock trial is part of my Advanced Torts class. I like torts and I am enjoying the class. It’s very interactive and the professor loves to create an atmosphere of conversation. He’s also an excellent trial attorney and he is sharing lots of insight with us on trial practice strategies. But I’m nervous. I don’t really like speaking in front of people, especially if I’m trying to be persuasive. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t plan to go into litigation!
It’s nice to know that the legal profession has a place for all kinds of personalities. Before enrolling, I remember thinking that law school was probably full of back slapping, golf playing, fast talking types and that I wasn’t sure how I’d fit in. But the reality is that law school is full of every kind of personality you can think of. Some are soft spoken, some are loud, some are shy, some are very outgoing. Some excel in mock trials, some are excellent writers, some are interested in working for international corporations, some want to do public service work. Law students come from every kind of academic and personal background, and the diversity in the classroom helps foster some very compelling conversations. TU does an excellent job of keeping the student body diversified and interesting. There truly is a place for everyone.
So I’ll go to my trial today and do my best. It will be another experience to round out my time here at TU. It will give me confidence in case I ever do get further into litigation – at least to know that I’ve done it before. I appreciate my experience at TU – not just for the classes and wealth of knowledge I’ve gained, but because TU allows all of us to be who we are, and to push ourselves into new experiences to become the best lawyers we can be.