Jeremy Schachter, a 1L at Cardozo and highly successful stand-up comedian, is suing Twix for allegedly ripping off one of his most successful jokes. To all the 1Ls out there who want to sue everyone for everything now that you know a little bit of law, take note of this. This is the good kind of self-help. (via My Legal Fiction)
“I just love my law school. Love. I realize I’ve only been there a week, and all you seasoned law students are at once rolling your eyes and thinking to yourself, “Let’s ask her how she feels in three months at exam time.” I know I may be a little doe-eyed at this point, but seriously, it’s been great so far.”—Law School Ninja. What the Ninja says might sound weird, but it’s so true. And it’s something to keep in mind when you’re picking a law school. At some point, you will hate law school. But if you went somewhere you fell in love with, those little details will push you through the dip. If you just went to the first school or the highest ranked school that admitted you, it will compound that problem.
If you got through the first week or so of law school and feel like a freak because you enjoyed it, stop it. That attitude just makes it easier to hate law school later because you’re “supposed” to hate law school.
“I still get to class later than planned. The prime seats were taken. I don’t know where the prime seats are, but they were taken because everybody was already seated.”—i don’t wear skinny jeans on law school seating.
“You know, when the career services dean is directly warning students not to rely on NALP rules, I am forced to ask why students should heed the NALP rule limiting the number of offers students can accept.”—Elle at Above the Law with wise words about the changing rules of legal hiring.
4. DO take note of recurring themes in your professor’s lectures. Does he bring public policy into every discussion? Does he painstakingly parse words of statutes? When you find these themes, pay special attention and take particularly copious notes as to how the professor’s reasoning is flowing; this way you know what questions to prepare for both for lectures and exams.
“The purpose of outlining is the process, not the product. When you make your own outline you have to synthesize the material and figure out if there are any gaps in your notes. Some people call this process “studying.”—
Jansen, writing over at The Shark now (congrats!), with important words of law school advice. One of the first things law students need to rethink is the definition of “outlining.” We should just call it “reviewing by making something else” to avoid confusion.
“I also imagined that I would somehow be found to be unsuitable for the rigors of law school in the manner that that emperor guy who wasn’t wearing any clothes was found out.”—
I think Julie Anne’s point captures a lot of the anxiety of law school. Between yourself, your friends, your family, and people like me, everyone is quick to offer praise and congratulations but afraid to tell a law student they might be off track. Don’t be afraid to tell someone they’re naked. That said, if you suspect you’re not getting it done, look around. You’ll probably find that you’re doing OK, or that everyone else is as naked as you are.
Yeah, Michael Jackson got the pub. But for law students who struggled with the LSAT, Stanley Kaplan provided a lifeline that hadn’t been there before. The LSAT was the great leveling force in law school admissions. Without the LSAT, you would need an elite (and expensive) undergrad education to get into law school. Kaplan and LSAT test prep courses were the next leveling force, allowing people who weren’t naturally good at tests to get into law school.
“Only 25 percent of Americans have a positive view of the legal field, according to a new Gallup survey. Only three industries got lower ratings—real estate, automobiles, and oil and gas. Bankers bested lawyers by three percentage points.”—
Think about that for a second. Americans have just as poor a view of lawyers as two groups of people who conspired (in a way) to ruin the economy, a group of people who accepted billions of taxpayer dollars to fix their own mess, and a group of people who are largely believed to be picking exactly how much money to take from your pocket. Note that these groups may not be mutually exclusive.
As a law student, consider the extent to which you might be contributing to this problem, and what you can do to help.
Law students: you’ll likely need every single on of these things as well. Especially the mints and deodorant or perfume. You’re packed in a lot of your classmates for an hour to an hour and a half. The least you can do is smell nice.