Alexandria wrote:I feel like PK is a little extreme. I'm definitely not checked out... I'm ambitiously pursuing my personal goals. But I believe in picking your goals with life balance in mind (not that he doesn't), and I am definitely capable of checking out of small segments of law school... like a P/F class.
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy law school but I'm not too keen on the way law schools are run in general. Michigan does things far far far far far better than others but it still has some of the same problems that all law schools have.
I think most professors suck at Socratic, the exams are sometimes unfair and don't test what has been taught, law school isn't geared enough to actual practice under the guise of "intellectualism", a lot of people engage in exam season hysteria, the curriculum of some classes are too adaptable to professor's pet interests, and last but not least, a mandatory curve fucking blows.
I think my last point is magnified because the trajectory of a career is generally defined after your first year exams. The fact that a couple more spotted issues on inherently subjective exams can lead to wildly different careers is almost indefensible.
As a transfer student, I don't know anyone's grades. I don't know who is on law review. I'm generally impressed with everyone's intellect here. Forcing people into some artificial ordering scheme when I think everyone is quite close in ability boggles my mind.
Also, I'd punch Langdell in the cock if I had the chance.
As far as 2L sucking as much as 1L that's probably just a character flaw with me. I work myself into a frenzy. The material genuinely interests me (even in classes I thought would suck) and I spend a tremendous amount of time trying to learn the nuances and competing theories. I really have only myself to blame for not being a slacker.
To wrap up this screed I think it's important to let everyone know that law school really has been one of the best periods of my life and I don't mean to discourage anyone. Everyone certainly knows it's a lot of work and there is a lot of room to define your own workload. I enjoy going to class, I like talking about the law even when I disagree with the viewpoints, I like listening to the professors and I even enjoy listening to the thoughts of fellow classmates in class. Overall it's been a pretty super experience and hope all of you enjoy your time here.