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Barrister's Ball

After my long absence, I looked at my draft folder and saw that I had started a post on the Barrister's Ball. Even though it's been MONTHS since this happened, I decided to finish it up anyway. Here it is. . .

So at the beginning of February, we all got a save the date email for Barrister's Ball. That was happening IN February. Wait, what? Where were the details? The place? The extras? No one knew. And when we asked the people in charge, they could only say "we aren't allowed to say more until we finish signing the contract." Wait, It's in a few weeks, the contract isn't signed yet? Yikes! We all pretty much agreed that this Ball was going to suck and I know many people who decided not to go because of this. Fiancé and I still wanted to go but we really didn't have high expectations. The year before, the Barrister's Ball was so much fun and it was so well organized that the tickets went on sale months before the actual ball. We couldn't see how they could top it, even with the best organization.

We were wrong. We were so, so, so, wrong. It was a Casino Royale theme and it was an absolute blast. We all got to play all the gambling games we wanted and with our "winnings" we got to enter into a raffle depending on how much we made. The drinks were incredible and there were multiple bars all around so there were no lines. Plus the food was actually VERY good this year. Last years was boring and I wasn't very impressed. There were multiple photo opportunities and a live band and dancing. All in all, it was very well done.

However, I did learn for the first time how much the Barrister's Ball actually costs the student body and I am pretty horrified about it. It costs over 50,000 dollars each year! Now maybe I'm crazy but that seems ridiculous for a bunch of students who continuously complain about the high cost of tuition. I mean, sure, some of that is paid by our 50 dollar tickets but not that much of it. The rest comes out of the Student Body budget which comes from our tuition dollars. Yikes!

I will of course go next year because 1) it'll be my last year and 2) my refusal to go wouldn't lower the amount paid in any way. I just think it's a bit excessive.

As to the after-party . . . well the least said the better. It did involve walking barefoot, a strip club and an uber so obviously ... we had a great time. The next day wasn't quite as fun but we survived.

This post first appeared on Taking On Law School, please read the originial post: here

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