SBA President Welcome Letter to Class of 2021

Class of 2021:

Welcome to the Memphis Law family!  It is a tremendous accomplishment to have gotten into law school.  Congratulations!  We look forward to having your class join us in the hallowed halls of our building.  As a 3L serving as the 2018-2019 Student Bar Association President, I am excited for the new ideas, energy, and personality that your class will bring to the school.

Next week you’ll have orientation and then, before you know it, the first day of law school will arrive.  As much as I hate to say it, pay attention during orientation.  The first week, or even semester, of law school is tough.  It’s kind of like learning a new language.  Orientation will help ease that stress and get you more in the swing of everything.  Utilize professors, peers, and upper classmen you meet if you have any questions, big or small.  I am personally delighted to help any of you adjust and feel more comfortable in the Memphis Law family.

The purpose of the Student Bar Association (“SBA”) is to bring all of the students of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law into one body to foster the spirit of fellowship and cooperation and to advance the purposes of the School of Law.  As registered students, you are officially members of the SBA.  In the coming weeks, you will learn all about how the SBA works, so be on the lookout for more information.  We have weekly meetings open to all students, social events, student activities, guest speakers, community service projects, and more.  I encourage all of you to follow SBA on Facebook for updates.  It is also very important throughout the next three years to keep an eye on the school’s blog, On Legal Grounds.  This is a main method of communication for all organizations.  If you’re reading this, you’re doing good so far!

My last word of advice is to be bold.  As Uncle Ben Parker said to Peter Parker (also known as Spider-Man), “with great power comes great responsibility.”  Being able to understand the law is powerful, but studying the law can be a daunting responsibility.  I remember feeling both excited and terrified when I began my career as a law student.  The work load of law school can be intense, and at times each student becomes overwhelmed.  Embrace those feelings. When you become stressed take the time to remember why you started.  The SBA Administrative Council members are always willing to give advice or offer friendship.  I will have SBA President office hours during the fall semester and encourage you to stop by or reach out to me any time.  I hope to see all of you at the SBA 1L Welcome Party on Friday, August 17th, 2018!


Warm Regards,

Lauren Hutton


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