For those law students deluded enough to believe things will get better, there’s a better chance you’ll CALI your classes than find this to be true. Being a law student never stops being awful; it just starts being awful in different ways. If the old cliché is to be believed, 1L is awful because you’re terrified, 2L is awful because of the workload, and 3L is awful because of the tedium. I’m inclined to agree, sort of.
There’s an old saw about law school that goes like this: “as a 1L they’ll scare you to death, as a 2L they’ll work you to death, and as a 3L they’ll bore you to death.” While I can’t vouch for the veracity of 3L boredom, I can understand how the 2L “work you to death” claim got started. What the cliche doesn’t say, though, is that most of the “work you to death” schtick is self-inflicted. Some people get on a journal and quickly realize that copy editing isn’t as much fun as they thought it would be. Others become research assistants and end up spending most of their waking hours in the law library.
Keep Reading ⇒
We’re occupying your ears with this week’s edition of the Bitter Brief! A group of 1Ls take douchebaggery to the next level, we take the ABA to task, just like old times, and we gorge on pizza and boobs.
What I did not fully grasp was how ultra-important first-year grades are, and how they have nothing to do with your intellectual mastery of the material, and have everything to do with writing an exam answer that the professor will find easy to read and easy to give a high grade. If you get mediocre first year grades, it won’t matter much how much better you do later, because everybody does better later. It’s almost impossible to catch up.
Mr. Law School’s 3L law school year has begun, and it certainly beats being a 1L. The professors don’t expect much out of you, you have respect from the 1L’s and 2L’s, and you already know the law school ropes.
In other words, the “bore you to death” year has arrived.