“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”
I’ve always thought this verse by Tolkein, recited by Bilbo Baggins as he shut the door behind him and set out from his home in the Shire to seek adventure (and Elves), was the perfect expression for this time of year. The shadows are lengthening just a bit, the air in the mornings is a bit crisp, and a few leaves are beginning to turn. Despite knowledge of the coming winter (and Halloween), for humans (in my experience), it is a time of new things. Our feet tug at the floor, our ears perk up. We yearn to gain new life experiences, meet new people, travel to new places, learn new things. It is a time for adventures, and here at UNH Law you will have them. In droves. You will not leave here the same person as when you first walked through its doors. You will be challenged. You will be shaped. Your worldview and your thought process will most likely be molded into something different through the fire of academia and legal debate (and your law professors). But you will also make lifelong friends, you will have experiences and moments to remember for the rest of your life, and you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for all the life ahead of you. In short, you will be Practice-Ready and Life-Ready.
With this in mind, here are some scenes of life here at the UNH School of Law from years gone by (in days of yore, Franklin Pierce Law Center), showing the cycle of seasons and the continuity of life here.
“The Road goes ever on and on . . .”