let/them/eat/cake wrote:danidancer wrote:calicocat wrote:Anyone else getting nervous?
I know I'm going to regret saying this... But... I'm having a hard time believing that law school is THAT. MUCH. HARDER. than any of my other schooling. I mean, yes, it's going to be hard. But there seems to be a desire among a lot of 0Ls to reinvent the wheel. I've been studying and analyzing and taking exams for 16 years. Isn't law school just going to be a ramped up version of the same? As I said, I know I'm probably going to regret saying this in a couple of months. I'm just having a hard time buying into all the hype.
I mean, I don't know what you studied in college, but it's not like an English or even a difficult philosophy class, because for the most part your grade is not based on papers you write on your own time, but on one high-pressure time intensive one-off exam. Nor is it like a poli-sci class because those are bullshit. You can get a b+ in a polisci class without have ever gone to one session (or even done more than skim the readings, imho). Up to half of the class will do as much as possible and still get a B+ or lower. Obvi, that is all probably something everyone knows, even before going in, but when you're actually in the shit, law school, pedagogically, does reinvent the wheel, and that's why it may seem like 0Ls attempt to "reinvent the wheel." That being said, i think the key is to remain calm during the semester--to not miss the forest for the trees. Also, i should prob be the last person to try to instill any kind of fear in y'all, bc it really isn't that hard. I think it can be done by just doing the reading and then turning it into high gear like 2-3 weeks before exams.
Enjoy the 4th everyone.
Idk, I studied at a top law program in London for a year and it was a lot more work than undergrad but it was mangeable. I wasn't as smart as a lot of people there so I had to study 4-6 hours a day during the year while most people got by on 3-4 hours. We didn't do semsters, just one full year class with only one exam so by the end of the year everyone was studying 6-9 hours a day.
The other differences from undergrad were obviously a lot more reading but also you had to do more than memorize, you had to analyze in a step by step and logical manner. The professors would grill you on each step of your reasoning during class so you had to come to class not only understanding the legal rules, but also understanding the rationale behind the rules and how this rationale could apply to other hypotheticals. Classes were small and half my grade was based on class participation (for actual students at the school their grade was 100% based on the final) so participation was mandatory for me.
The course was also Brtish Con law and Britain has no written constiution so that was interesting lol.
That said, law school in London may be different than it is in the U.S.