What Should You Expect at Law School?
Have you long dreamed of standing before a packed courtroom, arguing
the case of the century before the television cameras and a throng of
admiring fans, sure of your victory? While that may be your dream
job, getting there means long years of law school and lots and lots of
Most individuals don’t know what they may expect to find once they
arrive at law school, but their passion to be a lawyer causes them to,
nevertheless, go forward with their plans.
Schools that train lawyers come in all shapes and sizes, but most have
one thing in common – a demanding schedule and plenty of hard
work. If you’ve made it this far, however, you were no doubt a
top student in your undergraduate course of study. Law school will
certainly continue to test your strength and fortitude.
While some law school classes will involve memorizing facts and
figures, much of what this education is all about involves learning the
process of the law. Students who are adept at learning from books
and doing little creative thinking may struggle at first. They’ll
need to learn to think “outside the box,” being a bit more analytical
then usual. This will help with issues such as recognizing common
threads in similar cases and, in general, moving beyond the facts of a
Study groups with fellow students are popular because analysis is
helped along by the process of brainstorming with others. Don’t spend
all your time cramming facts. Take time to participate in a
little give and take with students and faculty.
Be prepared to do lots and lots of reading, especially in the first
year of school. Comprehension may be slow at first as you
gradually become familiar with a new vocabulary that relates to the
legal field. Expect to do quite a bit of re-reading and don’t
wait until the last minute to complete such assignments.
If you’re involved in a serious relationship, it’ll probably take a
beating during your time at law school. Like medical school, your
legal education will consume most of your time. Those near and
dear to you should be prepared in advance and shouldn’t thrust
unreasonable expectations upon you while you’re deeply involved in your
studies. Those who really love you will understand the demands of the
field you’ve chosen.