Anonymous User wrote:
I post this anonymously to avoid the backlash that I am sure is coming...but I do have to ask:
Is law school really that hard? I know it is challenging, I am not saying that it isn't, but is it so difficult that it really causes all the stress and social isolation it seems to be associated with?
I never studied in undergrad and I was able to graduate with a 3.9+ GPA. I always heard that college was so much harder than high school...it wasn't. I know law school isn't undergrad and I know that it is certainly not high school, but I doubt it is going to be as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Just saying.
I am guessing that undergrad was easy for you because (1) you were smarter than most people there, and (2) you cared a lot more about grades than most people there. That's how it was for me. I still didn't do any work except around midterms and finals, but I was able to get significantly higher grades than any of my friends.
In law school (unless you go to a school ranked substantially
lower than what you are qualified for), your classmates will be just as smart as you, and they will care just as much about grades as you do. Everyone who gets into a good law school is used to getting great grades - they aren't suddenly going to be content with median grades. Given the curve, and given that most of your classmates will study a ton, learn the law extremely well, and take practice exams, you simply cannot coast your way through.
I did well last semester without putting in an insane amount of work, but I did, for the first time since high school, work constantly from the beginning of the semester to the end. Learning the law takes a lot of time, and learning how to take a good exam takes a lot of practice.