Defusing the Bomb with Exercise

Theodore Roosevelt waxed philosophical, “Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.”

As if we law students are in any danger for falling under the influence of any master besides the law!  Nonetheless, as the counseling department endlessly extols, exercise is especially vital for law students because of our astronomical stress levels.  Besides innumerous long-term health advantages, the major appeal for us is that it takes our minds off the infinite list of assignments.  All law students are pressed for time, but by relieving some tension and relaxing for an hour or two a week, you will be more focused and more efficient when you return to work.  Besides, whatever the outlet, we all need to relax, or we will implode or explode.  Although I am not a health expert or zealot, I wrote my law school admissions essay on living for a balanced body and a balanced mind, and I admit that my first semester of law school has left me feeling a little unbalanced in both departments.  I cannot hope that I will regain complete sanity until May 2013, but, next semester, I have vowed to add exercise back into my life.

I discovered the best-kept and least-utilized secret at USD Law: the Recreation Department.  Law students sadly cannot take athletic classes for academic credit, but there is a major benefit—there is no attendance policy, so you can come as you please.  As a USD law student, you have three athletic options before you:

1. Intramurals: Most famous for softball (of course), USD grad/law student intramurals also offers 5 x 5 basketball and something called Olympics.  It is also acceptable to join the undergraduate leagues of 6 x 6 volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, 4 x 4 team tennis, or speed soccer.  You either can register as an independent player and get placed on a team, or form your own power team of law students to destroy some delicate undergrad egos, Old School style.  Register for unlimited leagues online for $20.00 per year or $15.00 per semester.

2. Crashing Undergrad Classes: USD offers most Recreation classes for $50.00 a semester, and an instructor holds classes twice a week.  Among many, many others, classes include tennis, swimming, belly dancing, Pilates, ballroom dancing, mixed martial arts, sailing, surfing, ballet, and scuba diving (for $175).

3. Mission Gym Classes: With the $80.00 gold-standard “Fit & Active” pass, you can come to as many “Yoga, Pilates, Cardio Specific, Kickboxing, Spin, Hip Hop Dance, Boot Camp, and much more!” classes as your poor, overworked body can handle.  The Missions Gym is open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

USD Law student gets in a little workout after outlining.

on weekends.  Make your life a little more relaxed in Spring, and sign up for an interesting class!


Undergrad classes: Serena Boyd, 619-260-4533,

Grad classes: James Perakis, 619-260-4275,

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