If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.” The words of Frank A. Clark ring true for the life of a law student. The first year of law school is a tough experience for students around the country. Students wade through courses such as property law, contracts, and rules of civil procedure. The year is filled with long nights of take-out and Dunkin’ Donuts runs, pouring over page after page of legal jargon with a trusty legal dictionary by your side. Dreams are filled with fears of getting cold-called during class, and days are filled with caffeine. My year was no different.
My cold-calling experience happened around mid-semester. In one week, I was called on in all five classes. My worst nightmare had come true. Unlike the social work program, law professors use cold-calling to test your knowledge of class material. Usually two or three students get called per class. When my time came, question after question was fired my way. I was remarkably comfortable during the entire episode, and I attribute my composure to skills I learned in social work Practice 1 and 2, where I became comfortable explaining, discussing theories, and speaking in front of fellow professionals.
In addition to the support of family and friends during my first year, I had ongoing support from the SCSSW. Even when I was not taking any social work courses, I treated the SCSSW as my safe haven, and whether I needed a confidence boost or a place to seek respite, I was always welcome.
The support I had during my first year was, bar none, the best motivator I could have had. “
Sarah Walker M.S.W./J.D. Class of 2011
Program Director, Worcester Juvenile Resource Center