February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

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February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

Postby tlsadmin3 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:32 pm

Since this is the month of love, Top Law Schools wants to know what you Love or Hate about your law school experience.

Was it a person that you fell in love with during the first year, but ended up in every class with them after the horrible breakup?
Or was law school where you found your passion for Evidence or Contracts? Was it where you found your passionate dislike of CivPro? Or was it just the professor that droned on and on and on?

We want to give $50 Amazon gift cards to random winners from each of the “Love” and “Hate” categories. We will announce the winners of these on March 1,2019. Then, TLS admin will pick the their three favorite tales and let you vote for the best one to win a $100 Amazon gift card. (No mod posts will be chosen for the $100 gift card winner, sorry.) The winner of the $100 Amazon card will be announced Friday afternoon on March 8, so make sure to get your votes in.

Here are the rules, yes unfortunately we have to set some rules. Your name will be entered for each post, as long as it is not a repeat of an earlier entry. Please start the post with either “Love” or “Hate”. You can make as many comments as you like, and yes, they can be made anonymously. Let’s have some fun with this and start entering your tales of adoration and woe on Monday, February 11.

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Re: February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

Postby MASH_Law » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:47 pm

"Love"

I'd love to win $100, so here goes.

I loved sparring with the professors. And I loved celebrating after finals were finished.

"Hate"
I'd hate to see the money go to someone else, so here is my "hate" entry.

After the first year, I was so sure that I had failed out, I had really high anxiety until grades came out. I realize this is nothing close to taking the bar and waiting on results. But at that time, I wasn't sure how I was going to be able to go home and tell everyone I failed out of law school and this was huge to me. I did finally get my grades and I passed with no problem. Waiting for grades did get a little better until the bar. These huge wait times that bring so much stress is definitely one of the things I hate about law school.

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Re: February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

Postby QContinuum » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:57 pm

"Love"

Somewhat perversely, I loved the gunners in my section. I was endlessly amused by those tryhards and their incessant arm-waving. I was even more delighted whenever they got smacked down by an unamused professor.

"Hate"

The random nature of law school grading. I don't mind the forced curve so much - Yale can get away with not having real grades, but no other school would be able to do that. But the sheer unpredictability and subjectivity of essay grading never failed to drive me up the wall.

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Re: February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

Postby christytothemoon » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:59 pm

I LOVE your story MASH! The waiting game really SUCKS!

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Re: February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

Postby Post_Bre » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:07 pm

I am going to post a "Hate" response.

Law School is the worst thing I've ever done. People think it will be worth it and let me tell you, IT IS NOT. The material is boring as hell. I would rather die than write another memo or brief. The people suck and if I have to hear about class rank/OCI one more time i'm going to lose my mind.

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Re: February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

Postby kckeisel » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:45 pm

Love

On the first day of Law School I learned Lawyers are liars. They can't be trusted and in order to be a successful attorney you need to be the best of the best. Not only do you have to go to a top law school, but you also have to be ranked in the top of your class. There is a connotation about Lawyers and they are respected among other professions. It gives you a power over people! You are able to influence and persuade people and shape society. This instilled a passion to be better than my peers and colleges! This still pushes me everyday to do more!

Hate

I realized in order to achieve my goals I had to be willing to sacrifice everything! You simply don't have time to dedicate to the typical and mundane lifestyles that most of your "friends" did. I was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on law school, and wanted to get every penny out of it. I didn't go to birthday parties or weddings. I didn't have time for a relationships or even a pet! I put my blood, sweat and tears into becoming who I am today!

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Re: February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

Postby QContinuum » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:13 pm

kckeisel wrote:Love

On the first day of Law School I learned Lawyers are liars. They can't be trusted and in order to be a successful attorney you need to be the best of the best. Not only do you have to go to a top law school, but you also have to be ranked in the top of your class. There is a connotation about Lawyers and they are respected among other professions. It gives you a power over people! You are able to influence and persuade people and shape society. This instilled a passion to be better than my peers and colleges! This still pushes me everyday to do more!

Okay this struck me strongly enough that I felt a need to chime in, even at risk of derailing this thread.

  • Lawyers are absolutely not supposed to lie. Advocate - advocate zealously - yes. Lie - no. Lying can and does preclude admission to the bar - or, after admission, lead to disciplinary action up to and including disbarment.
  • To obtain a "prestigious" legal job, one either needs to go to a top law school, OR needs to be at or near the top of their class (obviously, the lower-ranked the school, the higher up one needs to be ranked in the class, and once you get down to the T3/T4 level, even being the #1 student in the year may not be sufficient to land a "top" job). But the assertion that one needs to be at a top school and be at the top of the class is flat-out false.
  • Being a lawyer does not inherently give anyone "power over people." There are lawyers with power over people - Congresspeople, judges - but the power stems from the office, not from their status as lawyers.

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Re: February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

Postby fatedreality » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:26 pm

Hate

I hated my first year law professor who felt like it was their mission to "run a tight ship" in the classroom with a relentlessly brutal line of socratic questioning day after day along with the very strange mandate that anyone who wanted to leave and go use the bathroom "should think twice" (because it would be ungodly disruptive to the rest of the class). Not a fun time.

Love

I loved making some really great friends in law school who didn't take themselves too seriously and knew how to have a good time once finals were over. Sanity saved :D

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Re: February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

Postby Raiden » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:06 pm

Love -

The breakfast burritos in my law school cafe.

Hate -

That I discovered the breakfast burritos my 3L year.

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Re: February 2019 Love/Hate Contest- Win $

Postby Lolstudent » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:16 am

Love-

I love that my "job" in school is to read interesting things all day.

Hate-

See above.



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