A nice perk for former athletes planning to attend California Western are the intramural sports we offer. In my 1L year I started playing in the basketball league with some friends from my section and our team is still together going into our second season. Basketball was and still is a great way for us to release some of the tension and stress that comes with being a law school student. I am amazed at how many students here were former collegiate and high school athletes, and as a result we have a very talented league that pose some stiff challenges for our team. Last year, we struggled at first because none of us had played together before, but as the season wore on we gelled. By our second semester of 1L, we went undefeated in the regular season. We would have only one game a week, but we all looked forward to it in the days leading up to the game because we played hard and as a team, and that equaled wins.
In addition to basketball, the CWSL Director of Sports is also planning to host a home run derby competition. This is very intriguing to a former baseball player in high school and college. However, like I mentioned, there are a lot of good athletes here so I will have to get some practice in before I win the derby. I know a lot of incoming 1L will probably want to shy away from extracurricular activities because of the burden of school, but do yourself a favor and take one hour a week to play a competitive sport, whatever that may be. You won’t be thinking about your outlines or reading for the next day, you’ll just be living in the moment. Thank me later.