Orientation Day 1


Well… I am now officially a 1L law student at Bowen. Today was the first day of orientation and I must admit, it was fairly boring. The afternoon started at 1pm with Dean DiPippa welcoming us all to the law school.  From there, Dean Nation had us for the rest of the day. She gave an introduction to Case briefing, note taking, outlining, the American Legal system and some of the stresses we may experience in law school. All in all, I felt that the majority of todays material was covered by the reading I mentioned in my earlier post Pre-Orientation. I don’t feel I learned much of anything today.

Probably the most useful period today was when we split off into smaller (predetermined) groups to work with a Mentor on our briefs we did earlier. First off, someone may have noticed a mistake I made in my Pre-Orientation post. In Commonwealth vs. Carroll, the killers wife was not nagging him when he shot her. She was sleeping. Oops. I’m not sure if that was a relevant fact though. I don’t think so. Anyways, in our small group there were about seven other 1L’s and a Mentor. Our Mentor was a rising 2L, which means that he just completed his first year of law school in the spring.  I enjoyed this forty five minute session because we had a little time to pick the brain of someone who had just went through what we are about to go through.

At the end of the day there was a reception held on the front lawn. It was sponsored by Moffitt & Phillips, PLLC, First Security Bank, Arkansas Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section, and UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni Association.  There were freshly grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for the taking. The reception lasted from 4:30 – 6:00 but I ended up skipping out at about 5:15. It was far to hot out there and the bulk of the full time students were starting to leave; the part time students were just starting to arrive for their evening classes.

Stay tuned to hear more about the experiences of a 1L UALR Law Student.


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Orientation starts tomorrow at the University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law. Technically it actually starts today, but I haven’t gone to sleep yet so… yeah. Anyways I just finished up with our assignments for our first day of orientation.

Our first assignment was to read succeeding in Law School: A Manual of Academic Skills. This was a 63 page handbook for, you guessed it, ssucceeding in law school. It was put together by the current Dean John DiPippa.  I finished reading this a few weeks back but I did skim over some parts earlier today.

Our second assignment was to complete a goal-setting exercise included in the above handbook. (Truth be told, I haven’t actually finished this one yet.)
The third assignment was to complete the calendaring exercise from the same handbook. Let me tell you this, my schedule looks full already!

The final assignment was to brief Commonwealth vs. Carroll, a case which was included in the handbook. I’ll briefly explain the case. 😉 A ‘non-wicked’ man killed his “allegedly nagging, belligerent and sadistic wife”. She was nagging him when he remembered a nearby gun, he grabbed the gun, and fired two shots into her head. His attorney was trying to get him second degree murder rather than first. The courts decided that there was “no doubt that this was a wilful, deliberate and premeditated murder. Yikes.

Spell check says that I have no spelling mistakes. So I’m done here for now. I’ll keep you updated on Orientation.


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With only a few days left until my law school orientation begins, I finally decided to go get myself a new laptop. You see, my old laptop would have done the trick. It was fast enough & probably had enough ram. It ran Office XP (which is something I’ll probably just install on this new laptop). It looked nice and, even after five years, looked nearly new. You may be asking yourself why I would even need a new laptop. Well… there was one catch. There always is. My laptop was loud. Very loud.

It probably sounded something like this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXEdq3UnnFE

Being the great computer wizz that I am, my guesstimate was that the sound was coming from the fan. So I decided to open up the laptop and clean it out. Everything seemed to be fine as I reassembled my laptop. No spare screws lying around. Nothing like that. In fact, when I powered on the laptop, the fan was much much quieter! Unfortunately, the monitor never turned on. Despite my best attempts to disassemble and reassemble the darn thing still hasn’t turned on. Oh well. I gave it my best and made things worse. *Shrugs* Seems to be my mantra for the last month or so.

In any event… I now have a nice quiet laptop to take with me to my orientation. I didn’t go overboard though. After all, money is going to be tight for quite a while. For those who didn’t know, full time 1L (first year) law students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law are not permitted to hold outside employment.

An introduction

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My name is Caleb Norris and I’m a first year student (1L) at the University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law. Someone once said that I was a quasi-nontraditional law student – I think that fits pretty well. Hello, my name is… well how about you just call me UALR Law Student. Please forgive my attempts at remaining somewhat anonymous but I am unsure exactly how far I wish to take this little experiment. Before I get too far along, I suppose I should tell you a little about myself. I am, or should I say ‘will be’, at 1L at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Orientation classes will begin on the 12th, so I’m only a few days out from the beginning of what I hope will be an amazing journey.

I am writing this blog for three reasons:

1) Information for future Bowen students. Many months ago, after being accepted at Bowen, I tried my darnedest to find as much information on the day to day events of a UALR Law student as I could. Unfortunately, I didn’t find a whole lot of information. So this is my attempt to put a little more information out there.

2) A personal journal. This is pretty self explanatory. I simply want a record of my experiences which I can look back on in the future.

3) A way to keep my friends and family informed. I’m sure they all have better things to do than read my jibber jabber but who knows.

What this blog is not:

Everything I’ve heard and read so far about my first year in law school tells me that I will be quite busy. So, I have no intentions of turning this into a scholarly blog. I’m sure I will have those days where I just can’t keep my thoughts to myself, but getting bogged down in the details really doesn’t contribute to the purpose of this blog. (Which, in case you missed it, I’ve already listed.) Oh yes… one more thing… I highly doubt that I will spend much time proofreading my posts. I’d venture to say that our only saving grace is the spell check – and we all know how well that works.

And now that I’ve completely bored you to death, I’m done.

[UPDATE: I’ve decided to no longer remain anonymous.]

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