This blog series from current students examines aspects of #PennLawLife.
In college, I was extremely involved outside of the classroom from acting in plays to student government, and I knew that when I came to law school I would want to engage in my school’s community in the same way. For this reason, Penn Law looked like the perfect place for me.
Although I learned about some of the student group and extracurricular activities while researching the school to make my choice (having a musical theatre group was obviously essential to my decision), I did not realize the breadth and depth of the opportunities available until I arrived.
As early as the first week of classes, the law school held a student activities fair, where 1Ls could check out all of the different activities to get involved in. Beyond that, emails went out advertising 1L representative positions available in different affinity and interest groups, as well as general meetings to learn more about membership in these various organizations. From the start, Penn Law made it extremely easy to get involved and satisfy my broad range of interests.
In my first semester I chose three activities/organizations that I wanted to immerse myself in: The Penn Law Women’s Association (PLWA), The Penn Law Post-Acceptance Committee (PAC), and the Penn Law Light Opera Company (basically, a law school musical!). I applied (and auditioned) for various roles within these different groups and soon became a 1L representative for the PLWA, a committee member of PAC, and a performer in the musical, RENT. I was excited to start my rich and rewarding responsibilities outside of the classroom.
As a 1L Rep of the PLWA, I serve as a member of the overall board. I am responsible for advertising events to my 1L classmates and taking part in overall decision for the organization. I have enjoyed getting to help out with the creation, planning, and marketing of events, as well as getting to know the diverse and dedicated group of 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls on the board. Getting so involved with the organization this year has enabled me to secure a leadership role on the board for my 2L year as the Mentorship & Alumni Chair. I am so excited for the opportunity to improve and expand the organization that has so significantly shaped my law school experience thus far!
My experiences with PAC and the law school musical enriched 1L year as well. Participating in both activities, I was able to develop friendships with tons of new people who shared the same interests as me. I got to spend time with other 1Ls outside of my section, as well as with upperclassmen who were always willing to share advice, wisdom, and support about surviving law school and beyond. These activities – especially the musical, which is completely unrelated to law or law school (aside from the super talented future lawyers in the cast and crew, of course) – provided me with a nice reprieve from the daily stresses of 1L life.
Looking back as the school year winds down, although it was oftentimes really hard work to balance my schedule between rehearsals, meetings, and study time, I would not trade my extracurricular experience at Penn Law for anything.
By Courtney Skarupski L’16