Getting law students to agree on something normally has about the same success rate as a North Korean missile test, but mention law school tuition and pretty much all of us will opine that the current rates essentially pauperize graduates. This is an unfortunate and largely inescapable fact of life in the US educational system. Regardless of what solutions we might put forth for fixing the problem in the future, the fact is that most of us realize that, for now, it’s the price we have to pay to get our J.D. That slip of paper which is little more than a permission slip to allow us to register for the bar exam.
There are a lot of bad things about law school. It can consume every last minute of what used to be your free time. It can destroy any hope of a normal romantic life or acceptable interaction with normal people. It never stops finding new ways to keep a person terrified (though, to be fair, the current economy is doing its share to help out here). But all of these pale in comparison to the biggest law school mind-fuck of all. Sooner or later, no matter how much you know that your relationship with law school is an abusive one, you’ll realize that you like it. Keep Reading ⇒
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.
Given half the chance, your average law student will drone on and on about the law without ever saying anything helpful. Given less than half a chance, the average law professor will drone on and on about the law and only accidentally say something useful. I’ve been keeping track of these accidentally useful truths since I started law school and thought I’d
use them to skate by when I didn’t really have a good idea for a column this week share a few of my favorites.
Winter break is rapidly drawing to a close. For some of us, it’s already over. THANK GOD!
I love winter break. Even more, I love the idea of winter break. Four full weeks of sleeping in, no classes, real meals, catching up with friends and family, maybe even a bit of traveling. But, the reality of winter break doesn’t always match up so nicely with that romanticized idea.
By sheer chance I’ve landed the 01 January spot this year, which probably means that most of my target audience is far too hung over to be reading this post. In the hopes that eventually a few of you will sober up (and because my editor will probably hunt me down and kill me if I just disappear again), I’ll plug along anyway.
Since I started law school a few weeks ago everyone’s been asking me how it’s going. My Zen-like answer is that the best and worst things about studying law are one and the same.
Brace yourselves, played-out memes about exams are coming. Sean Bean’s biggest worry may be portraying a convincing death for whatever character he’s playing at the time, but for those of us in law school the big nasty is always going to be exams (or job interviews, which I’d prefer not to talk about at the moment . . . ). As we’re all scurrying to prepare for exams, here’s a quick and dirty field guide to the most common types of law school exams.