5 Reasons Your Law School Graduate May Not Seem that Thrilled about Graduation

Ever ask an-about-to-graduate law student if he or she is excited about graduation, and get a forced yes and pained expression in response? Let’s take a look into the mind of a graduating law student. A scary place, but maybe we can gather a few reasons why graduation just doesn’t get law students revved up like it should.

5. They Haven’t Really Graduated Yet

Contrary to the assertion of parents and bubbies everywhere, law school graduates are not “finally done!” Graduation usually happens before all the grades are out. So most students are just sitting in commencement wondering if they made up the right answer in their Gender and the Law class so that they could pass and actually get a diploma.

4. Graduating from Law School Isn’t That Impressive

To a non-lawyer it may seem like law students have accomplished a lot. But to every single person they know, the graduating law student just managed to sit through three more years of school. Getting a law degree is only impressive outside the legal community. Inside the legal community it’s just one checkbox to get through before collecting unemployment.

3. They Don’t Know How to Not Be a Student

After almost twenty years of school behind them, most law students are looking forward to being real people. That means no more backpacks and no more homework. It means going to work in the morning, all day everyday. Skipping class is a fun way to enjoy an afternoon. Skipping work is an easy way to get fired. And unfortunately, after spending 80% of their life sitting behind a desk in a room full of desks, they may be intimidated by the thought of spending the rest of their life sitting behind a desk in a room by themselves.

2. Their Employment Status is Stressing Them Out

There are two kinds of law students at graduation. Those with jobs lined up and those without jobs lined up. The former are sitting through a boring commencement speech worrying that they won’t know how to practice law. And they’re right. The latter are sitting there worrying that they won’t get a job. They’re also right.

1. The Bar Exam

Don’t even mention “the bar” in front of a recent law school grad. One gentle nudge and their brain may literally explode from all the stress they’ve already put themselves through. And bar prep hasn’t even started yet. Even reading this probably made them a little queasy.

Not all blonde lawyers or law students want to be the next Elle Woods. Though she has since graduated from law school, you can still find Not an Elle on Twitter @NotanElle or on her own site at thenotanelleblog.com

1 Comment

  1. Frank

    May 14, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Yea, being a lawyer isn’t all it was cracked up to be. When I was applying to schools, I was told that women would be buzzing around me like bees waiting to get pollinated. Well it never happened. Women have gotten smart. They are not going to get pollinated by us just because we have a JD. A good lesson. Go to Medical School. Women will go for an MD before a JD.

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