Blog Entry 104

Posted by Meagan Hanna
Meagan Hanna
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December 12th, 2010
I’m so close to being done…just one more final, and one take-home!! It’s been quite an interesting week. 

This past week, I had a bad sinus infection for which I was prescribed antibiotics that gave made me feel nauseated for five days. That was a pretty sucky five days…but my antibiotics ritual is now over, my sinuses are less angry, and life is better. 

On Friday was my first final exam, evidence. As I was sitting there, preparing to take my final exam, I felt like I was going to pass out…not from nerves, but from a super bad, sinus-induced migraine. I somehow got through the exam, and afterwards, words cannot express just how awful I felt. It was amazing, a couple Sudafed, some Excedrin, and a short nap, and I felt a million times better! This was a good thing because I was going to the law party of the year with one of my friends from school. She interns with a law firm that does city prosecution work, and they have a really big holiday party every year. There were a bunch of Wayne County Prosecutors, some judges, even the Attorney General! I got to meet a lot of really interesting, and nice, people, and it was a fun way to relax after my final exam that morning.  

On Saturday, most of the day was spent at a meet and greet, memorial service, and luncheon for my grandma. It was an emotional day. Although I had plans to study for criminal procedure that evening, it really didn’t happen. I printed out some notes, and glanced over them, but that was about it. 

Today, Sunday, I awoke to snow! I basically love snow; it’s one of my favorite things in life. There are two caveats for my love of snow: I generally don’t like driving in it, and I do not like when I am wearing grossly inappropriate shoes for the snow and my feet end up wet. The driving wasn’t so bad today, but let’s just say I have plans to be buying some nice snow boots so as not to re-live the damp socks incident of 2010 that occurred today. 

After I got past my childlike excitement over the snow, it was time to study…and study I did. Unlike my evidence final, my criminal procedure final exam is closed book, closed notes. I guess that’s okay: that’s what I will have to deal with for the Bar exam, but it does make it a bit more challenging to prepare. Because crimpro is a pretty case-heavy class, this is requiring quite a bit of memorization, linking case names to the appropriate topics. My study method of choice for this exam is going through my notes and a commercial outline, and then doing three things: (1) making sure I understand the material, (2) writing out the important things on my white board, and (3) transferring the important things from my white board onto index cards. The idea is that everything important will end up on a flash card, and then everything on my flash cards will end up in my brain. Genius, right?  

I am pretty excited, I just have this crimpro final exam on Tuesday, then a take-home final for alternative dispute resolutions due by Friday (although I’ll hopefully be done before that!), and then I am done, done, done for the semester!

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Meagan Hanna

Meagan is a May 2012 graduate of UDM Law. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar in November, and she recently joined the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

During law school, Meagan was active around the School of Law as the Law Review's Executive Editor of Outside Articles and the Vice-President of the St. Thomas More Society. She participated in the Criminal Trial Clinic, and took advantage of two internships with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and a summer internship with Judge Stephen Murphy of the Eastern District of Michigan.

In her free time, Meagan also serves as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, enjoys tap dancing, and can't resist reading a good book.

Meagan genuinely enjoyed her time at UDM Law and she is passionate about talking to prospective students about her experience. Please contact the admissions office to obtain her contact information.