Staying Sporty in Law School

USD Law students gather together for a game of "street bowling" after a Dean's Mixer

A second-year law student’s free time is scarce. Maybe it’s because 2Ls are encouraged to take on more than we can handle, or maybe it’s a newfound freedom that comes with passing 1L year. Regardless, 2Ls are mighty-busy folk. Several lucky few take paying jobs, while the rest of us fill our “dockets” with classes and other school-related tasks. 

Having the freedom to choose my classes influenced me in choosing a broad range of courses that would help me in my career as an attorney. On top of that, I joined the San Diego International Law Journal.  As it turned out, writing a 40-page comment was simply not enough for me.  That’s why I joined the writing staff here at Motions. What little time I have left I dedicate to my work study job, my radio show, and of course, sports classes!

As you may know, law students are at extreme risk of suffering from the dreaded 1L 100. This means, we are likely to gain 100 pounds from sitting on our rear ends studying Assumption of Risk and the Rule Against Perpetuities. As a futile attempt to work off my 1L 100, I decided to take tennis and golf classes. While the school offers a wide range of no-credit recreational sports classes, I decided I better hone my skills on the two most obvious networking sports in the legal profession.

Golf class meets once a week for an hour and a half at the Riverwalk Golf Course driving range.  Golf is a sport that requires careful attention to one’s swing.  So far I have been able to drive the ball several thousand yards and am improving every week!  It has been a great experience, and I smile knowing that some day one of the partners will invite me out to caddy for him at the local “muni.”  All my hard work will pay off when I impress him so much with my knowledge of the game and ever-so-strong driving prowess that I immediately make named partner and ride off into the sunset on my Hummer-themed golf cart.

While not as important as mastering golf, tennis presents several challenges itself.  While the sport comes naturally easy to me, I find myself increasingly frustrated with losing those fuzzy yellow tennis balls.  It seems my serve has the nasty habit of splitting tennis balls in two because of the sheer power I put behind every swing of the racket. Another important danger facing today’s tennis players is the awkward tanning that goes on. The sun somehow knows you’re playing tennis and thus decides to darken your neckline ten shades as you’re rallying.  These things may have initially turned me off, but my love for the sport has persisted, and I look forward to each tennis class.

Staying active as a law student is important, and one must take note of these classes in choosing a schedule for next year. As a law student, I thrive on routine, and having the same activity planned for me every week definitely helped me shed my 1L 100. By keeping my clubs and racket in the whip at all times, I’ll always be a step ahead for that exciting networking session on the links or the courts.

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