Blog Entry 122

Posted by Meagan Hanna
Meagan Hanna
Meagan is a May 2012 graduate of UDM Law. She was admitted to the Michigan Bar i
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April 16th, 2011
Time flies when you’re in law school. 

Next week is the last full week of classes, and all of us are left asking ourselves “where has the time gone?!” I thought things would be less busy once I made it through March, but that’s proving to be an incorrect presumption: I’m busier than ever! 

Last night, I joined my fellow Moot Court Board members for our end-of-the year banquet. It was a great opportunity for all of us to celebrate together outside of the usual school setting. Tonight, we have our Law Review banquet, which should also prove to be a good time. For the eighteen of us who are members of both organizations, this means two parties in two nights...but it’s not like everything else stands still while we’re out having fun! 

This upcoming Monday, I have my writing across the curriculum paper due for my Constitutional Law class. We have to take a case that we read in class and take a position that none of the justices actually took, and write an opinion for the case. It’s requiring slightly more creativity than I actually posses, so it should be interesting to see what I come up with! 

On Thursday, instead of our regular Criminal Law class, we have the in-class component of our final exam. That class is set up differently than most law school classes: instead of a single exam determining our entire grade, we have had many different components throughout the semester. We have already taken our midterm (20%), written a paper (25%), and our participation grades (5%) are pretty much decided…then we have our in-class, multiple choice final (10%) and our take-home essay final (40%). It helps to take the pressure off of that last exam, but at the same time, it really requires us to stay on top of things! 

On the plus side, we have finished with our “performances” in Trial Practice, so we’re left with one class for review/reflection and celebrating. It’s been a super great class (I don’t know how people graduate law school without having taken this class…), but it will be nice not to have one fewer thing to worry about this week. 

Of course, there’s also Law Review: we publish four editions each year, so there’s always work to do. Right now, most of the second years are finishing up their last sourcecheck of the year, and the new executive board is getting a taste of the work that happens after sourcechecks are submitted. I find editing to be enjoyable…it’s just hard when there’s so much other stuff I should be working on! If I can sell you on one area to work on before law school, it would have to be TIME MANAGEMENT.  

I am currently at Panera, attempting to get somewhere with my ConLaw paper before I have to get ready for the Law Review banquet…

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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.