The Awkward Moment When: You’ve Finished Your 1L Year, But You Don’t Know if You’ve Made the Cut

Classes officially ended for my first year of law school on May 10th.  At this point, I’m excited for two reasons: 1. I don’t have to look at a casebook for about two whole months 2. I start my internship at a domestic violence agency.  That’s all fine and dandy, but let’s be real, I don’t have the slightest clue of how well I performed this year.  I know you’re probably thinking, “Girl you know if you were failing all year, stop playing.”  This is true to a certain extent, but a 50% comprehensive exam can take your A to C real quick ruining your GPA and sending you below the “curve,” WHICH BASICALLY MEANS….you have failed out of law school. Welcome to my anxiety.


For almost a month I was ducking and dodging the “Omg Jaylin, how was school!?” questions from family, giving them the generic, “Oh, grades aren’t out yet,” reply. I appreciated everyone’s excitement and concern, but ya girl was on edge all the way up until the moment my law school besties sent the “GRADES ARE UP!!!” text. I got this text at 5pm as I walked out of my office, completely forgetting my laptop in my desk drawer, and the doors had locked behind me. *sigh* I get home and hop on my sister’s computer only to not know my login for the grade portal…..GREAT.  I went to sleep like this:



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I am happy to announce that I survived 1L year.  I won’t lie and say that it was easy or that I felt completely confident in myself throughout the year.  I had a lot of moments where I was close to quitting and often asked myself if I really had what it took to finish law school.  I am so very thankful to God for giving me the strength to make it through and giving me a recollection of all the information thrown at me in order to perform well on my exams.

I’m proud of myself and every other 1L in the world for sticking with it.  To all aspiring law students, don’t be afraid to reach out to me for the answers to any and all of your questions no matter how “embarrassing.” Transparency brought me here, and I only want to help.  Be on the lookout for my post on things I wish I had done differently and things that worked for me during my first year.  Follow me on Instagram @jayliningIMG_2103.JPG

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