Law students are generally quite nice to each other, as well as to legal professionals. Although. some students' behaviour slips below acceptable standards when they stray from the legal bubble. There was a disappointing number of students at TRU who felt they were better than the students in the culinary or trades programs.
I've made better friends in law school than I had in any other context in my life before. And I went to law school as a mature student, having studied and worked in a wide variety of contexts.
But it does take a certain kind of person, as people by and large are type A and some ball-busting and one-upmanship comes with the territory. I found classmates were by and large eager to help one another out despite competing on a curve, but at the same time you can't get away with saying dumb things in this field while people politely let it slide without comment, like you can in some other circles. And lots of people like to very obnoxiously wave their accomplishments in each other's faces, which can suck if you are going through a rough patch and makes being at the bottom of the curve, having issues landing an articling position, etc, feel even worse.
Honestly this thread has been pretty mild IMO, so if it is distressing you that much I would actually be concerned about your ability to hold your own and tough it out in law.
How many law students are actually like this? Medical school has "gunners" I'm sure that law does too. But on average do most people treat each other with respect or is there a constant competitive rat race to get ahead at all cost?