Update: I started law school this past January. I was made a decent offer, and had no other reason NOT to start in spring semester.
The Skinny: I’m taking 15 units. The following are the courses I’m currently in:
- Civil Procedure;
- Torts (fancy word for Harms);
- Lawyer Process; and
- Some bullshit class that is suppose to help us NOT flunk out of law school, but is really a waste of 90 mins.
Yes, each class is 90 minutes. That’s a LONG time without a proper snack. Each class period requires about 100+ pages of reading. You can’t bullshit and skim over cases. You have to read them, and understand the law and court ruling. Speaking of….
Everything is IRAC….or IREAC. Every case you read, every brief or memo you write, you have to use IRAC. It stands for Issue.Rule.Analysis.Conclusion. You have to be able to discuss this about any given case, during any given class. Why? Fucking Socrates.
The Socratic Method. I’m gonna give you the For Dummies version: The professor can call on you randomly, and ask you any damn thing, and you better have a decent answer. Or else, THERE WILL BE BLOOD!
The blood part is true, depending on your professor…
This isn’t so much the part that sucks about law school. Mind you, I was a top student in undergrad. I didn’t cheat, cut corners, or skip class. I was a nerd. I understand hard work. The course load itself is not bad, because that’s what I expected. I think I’m having a problem with the social aspect.
I’m not terribly a needy person. In fact I’m a loaner. I get along with people, but I don’t need or want to be surrounded by them longer than I have to be. But there’s something about law school where I give half a shit if I have friends or not.
People are nice, but they all are cliqued-up. I don’t necessarily want to be in anyone’s clique, but it would be nice if someone was like, “Hey, we’re going to get coffee, want to come with?” Or they have study groups, and no one mentions anything to me. Granted, I prefer to study alone (mainly because I’m trying to find my rhythm, and studying with other humans is a distraction) but nevertheless!
One thing I notice with my peers is that a good number of them are….brown in the nose. They kiss more ass than…hmm…this is why I wouldn’t be a writer for Family Guy’s cutaways.
Anyway, these brownies stay after class and suck up the professor’s time. Not just asking questions regarding the lecture, but personal shits. They do it outside of class too. We’re graded blindly (given a special number for each midterm and/or final y administration) so I don’t see how kissing ass will help in the long run. And we’ll be here for another 2.5 years, so we have plenty of time to build relationships for networking purposes. I guess that’s everyone trying to be competitive.
I expected something different in terms of competition. Like, someone stealing your Restatement book when you go to the bathroom right before an open-book exam. Or tripping you up about a certain rule when you’re in a study group.
I suppose what makes law school suck is this idea that this was my last chance to meet awesome, lifelong, friends and potential spouse. I know that I’ve only been in school for 3 months, but it seems so dire.