USD Law Top 10 To-Do List

Top 10 to-do from the SBA Vice President

By Kelly Smith   Sept. 8, 2014

Whether you are new here and need to learn the ropes or you are a returning law student who needs a reminder of how good we have it, here is a list of the top ten things to do, places to see, and events to attend as a student at the University of San Diego School of Law.

  1. The Thursday Night Graduate School Softball League. Let’s be honest; it might as well be called the law league because law school teams are the only real contenders in this softball league. Nothing beats playing America’s favorite pastime with your friends before or after a few beers at Peabody’s. Be prepared for some good-natured smack talk, bad undergraduate umpires, and curious looks from the general public if you are out in your team’s jersey. If you do nothing else, get a team together, get a colorful team name, and get ready for a good time at Thursday night intramural softball games.
  2. The Monthly Dean’s Mixers. Once a month, the Dean hosts a mixer in the law school courtyard. The mixers are usually scheduled to start right after 1L classes get out for the day. Don’t miss a chance to catch up with your classmates, faculty, administrators, and the Dean himself. Did I mention the refreshments? Besides an adult beverage station, you’ll find delicious buffets. Shout-out to the mini donut machine!
  3. The Faculty Auction. This is a one-of-a-kind event!  During spring semester, the Women’s Law Caucus puts on a faculty auction. Watch your classmates get into bidding wars for fun events such as poker parties, rounds of golf, scotch and cigar nights, wine tastings, personal training sessions, brunches, bowling nights, hikes, dinners, and game nights.  There is something for every law student. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to attend fun events hosted by your favorite law school professors and administrators.  Did I mention it is also for a good cause?  All money raised goes to charity.
  4. Beach Volleyball at South Mission Beach. Legend has it, every Friday after Legal Research & Writing class, a really cool group of 1L law students would play beach volleyball at South Mission Beach. The volleyball technique wasn’t always pretty and the rules were usually questionable. However, it was the perfect way to blow off steam and have a good time after a long week of classes. Take advantage of the fact that we go to law school in one of the most beautiful cities in the country, get outside, and play some beach volleyball.
  5. Professors’ Office Hours. The USD School of Law faculty is comprised of world-class scholars who are experts in their chosen fields. After law school, you will never again have the luxury of getting free, expert advice from a legal genius. You probably ignored advice to attend office hours while in college, but you should make it a habit of going to office hours in law school. First, law school is harder than college. Second, the professors are generally very welcoming, helpful people. They can clarify how to calculate expectation damages or give you wise career advice. Think of it this way: if your professor had remained a partner at a fancy law firm, they’d be charging you $500 for that advice.
  6. All Events Thrown by Graduate Student Council. The Graduate Student Council (GSC) gets major kudos for consistently throwing the best events year-round. Every year, the GSC puts on a “Padres in the Park” night where all USD graduate students can buy cheap tickets to a Padres game. This is not just any Padres game. The ticket gives you exclusive access to the Western Metal Building terrace in Padres Park and unlimited hot dogs and beer. Last year, the GSC put on a free wine and painting night for the first time. The GSC also has bi-weekly free bagel Wednesdays. Basically, the GSC is there to make your lives as law students happier and more fun. Even if you cannot make the events, you can always kick back in the Graduate and Law Student Commons (GLC) in Student Life Pavilion room 401 and drink free coffee.
  7. Bar Reviews. Every Friday, USD Law’s Student Bar Association sponsors a Bar Review to, of course, review different bars around San Diego. These events provide a fun opportunity to check out different venues around the city and get to know your classmates in a less academic setting. You stay classy, San Diego.
  8. Barrister’s Ball. During second semester, come bust a move at the annual Barrister’s Ball, a.k.a. law school prom. Last year, the event took place at an incredible venue, the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park. USD law students enjoyed viewing the museum’s exhibits and, of course, tearing up the dance floor. Put on your party shoes because USD law students know how to get down.
  9. Craft Breweries. San Diego is famous for its craft beer scene. In fact, there’s even such a thing as a craft beer attorney in San Diego. San Diego county is home to over 150 craft breweries and brewpubs. The city even designates one week in November as San Diego Beer Week. Ballast Point, Stone Brewery, and Bottlecraft Beer Shop are only a few of the excellent choices San Diego has to offer. Suggestion: these are great spots to visit for an after-finals celebration.
  10.  San Diego Farmers Markets. San Diego has farmers markets going on every day of the week.  The Little Italy, La Jolla, and Hillcrest farmers markets are amongst the most popular venues. Most of the markets take place on Saturday and Sunday giving you a chance to stock up on seasonal healthy food before the new week starts. The La Jolla farmers market is worth checking out for the organic, non-fat Greek yogurt alone. Many of the stands sell produce grown locally in Fallbrook, so buying groceries there is a great way to support local farmers. In addition to groceries, the markets also have food vendors selling wide varieties of delicious ready-to-eat food.

USD law students have a lot going on, but there is so much more to see than the inside of the law library. The three years of law school go by fast, so take advantage of these events and opportunities while you can. Schedule some fun into your busy life and do not miss the best that USD Law has to offer.

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