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I'm finding every possible way to procrastinate instead of study for my finals so I thought I might as well spark a fun discussion. What did you find were or are the best things about law school? What did you find were or are the worst things about law school? I'm a 0L and would love to hear the different perspectives that everyone has! Be brutally honest and let's have some fun!

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Best: making amazing, lifelong friends that are like family.

Learning new things, in class and through study group with friends.

Cool opportunities like mooting, clinic work, being RA for profs

 

Worst: I can't really think of anything that was "worst." Adjusting to 1L was hard at first. There were a lot of privileged, clueless people who I generally liked but who got on my nerves at times. I had to learn to, as it has been called, "tune out the noise" of people bragging (mostly through insecurity) and attempting to intimidate others. 

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I worked for a few years before law school, and it was so much fun to focus on learning instead of working. It might be the best three years of my life. 

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Best: I really enjoy most of the things I'm learning. competitiveness. Meeting really awesome people. Having the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and doing things I'm usually uncomfortable doing. 

Worst: Sitting in class, competitiveness, braggy people 

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1 hour ago, PoisonApple said:

Best: I really enjoy most of the things I'm learning. competitiveness. Meeting really awesome people. Having the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and doing things I'm usually uncomfortable doing. 

Worst: Sitting in class, competitiveness, braggy people 

Competitiveness as a best and worst, eh. 

Best when you win. Worst when you lose. 

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14 hours ago, LuckyCommander said:

I'm finding every possible way to procrastinate instead of study for my finals so I thought I might as well spark a fun discussion. What did you find were or are the best things about law school? What did you find were or are the worst things about law school? I'm a 0L and would love to hear the different perspectives that everyone has! Be brutally honest and let's have some fun!

The best things were having a life devoted to learning and the excitement and sense of accomplishment when new concepts became clear, having a great rapport with professors, meeting incredibly brilliant people from all over the country and making good friends with some of them, extra-curricular activities, a sense of hope and endless possibility in my life.

The worst thing was living in a bit of a bubble where competition and pressure sometimes took on outsized proportions if you let them, and not having any money. 

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Best: The feeling when a concept clicks and you suddenly wrap your head around what the hell you've been learning

Worst: The unknown. I catastrophize, so every minor setback feels like the end of the world/my career. Why didn't I get that job interview? Why didn't they respond to this email? Did I do well or bomb that exam? It's unhealthy and law school really brought this out in me.

 

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17 hours ago, leafs_law said:

Competitiveness as a best and worst, eh. 

Best when you win. Worst when you lose. 

I really like the adrenaline of it whether I lose or not,  but obviously it puts a lot of stress on me and hurts my mental health. 

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37 minutes ago, PoisonApple said:

I really like the adrenaline of it whether I lose or not,  but obviously it puts a lot of stress on me and hurts my mental health. 

You kind of just described court...🙂

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Best - feeling as if the rest of your life is in your control with endless possibilities and opportunities.

Worst - feeling as if the rest of your life in within your control and dependent on now.

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Best: Lots of free time. After 1L you can really control your schedule. Things can get interesting. You're treated like an adult so no attendance is taken if you don't need to go to the lectures. Lots of interesting things going on at the faculty. The profs are usually pretty friendly and know their stuff. Lots of opportunities to socialize. Once you get used to 1L and the fact that you're going to be a B student even if you were an A student in undergrad that's all chill. Lots of opportunities, which you should take, to meet practicing lawyers.

Worst: All aspects of the OCIs, the articling recruit and the tuition fees. Also you have to put work in to get into any course that teaches advocacy skills. Often enough seats are not available for trial advocacy, moots and clinical programs. Get into those early. If you have any interest in litigation you are going to really want to have as much of those on your resume as possible, not least because you need the experience. 

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One more "best" is that many classes offer term papers or exams. The term papers are super long (like, 20-25 pages) so I always did the exams. But you get a choice, which is often better than in undergrad.

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Best: Free booze, pretty good class schedule in 2L and 3L, people think you are sweet for no reason other than you are in law school

Worst: Most law students and lawyers are intolerable and constitutional law

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3 minutes ago, Bure10 said:

Best: Free booze, pretty good class schedule in 2L and 3L, people think you are sweet for no reason other than you are in law school

Worst: Most law students and lawyers are intolerable and constitutional law

lol at all of us complaining about other law students...at least some of us have to be the ones others are complaining about, right?

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Best: being around interesting people. Even the jerks. Everyone had a different backstory and goals and ambition and views that challenged me. I grew up around people who were all very similar and didn’t want much more from life than they already had - it was refreshing to immerse myself in the contrast.

Worst: feeling out of step. I went young, and naive, and wasn’t really prepared for the rapid introduction to the wider world of elite and business and privilege. I frequently felt in above my head and tongue tied and ignorant. Took a while to get my sea legs and while it was a valuable learning experience that set me up in life, it was not pleasant. 

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36 minutes ago, Hegdis said:

Best: being around interesting people. Even the jerks. Everyone had a different backstory and goals and ambition and views that challenged me. I grew up around people who were all very similar and didn’t want much more from life than they already had - it was refreshing to immerse myself in the contrast.

Worst: feeling out of step. I went young, and naive, and wasn’t really prepared for the rapid introduction to the wider world of elite and business and privilege. I frequently felt in above my head and tongue tied and ignorant. Took a while to get my sea legs and while it was a valuable learning experience that set me up in life, it was not pleasant. 

Wow, this EXACTLY describes my first term of 1L. 

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Best: Clinics (I got some great experiences doing clinics), free food, the drama of watching other students hook up with each other ruin their reputations and the occasional professor who actually cares about their students. 

Worst: The cliques and pretentious students, any shred of self-respect being lost and the 3L burnout. 

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