taxguy wrote:smokyroom26 wrote:2L. Job search complete. I'm behind, but it seems like everyone is.
What I need is a good kick in the pants to get me going again. Anyone else feeling like this?
I really can relate to what you are saying. Let's face it, law review and the ability to transfer schools are based on 1L performance. Moreover, it is easy to get burned out as result of the hard work required by the first year of law school. Thus, I really do get where you are coming from.
HOWEVER, I strongly urge you to rethink your priorities. 2L and 3L are considered the most important years in law school for several reasons. First, you get to take classes that you want to take that can help your overall GPA, which intern helps with jobs. Secondly, and even more importantly in my opinion, really important legal skills can be gotten in the second and third years. This is where you will learn about negotiations, family law, tax law, advanced drafting and research and litigation skills, not to mention honing and improving skills that you might not have strengthened sufficiently as a result of your first year of law school. Moreover, if you are writing for law review, the quality of your article and the topic selected can be of help to you for the rest of your life, especially if you want to teach. A quality article that gets used by many lawyers can really enhance your reputation.
The second and third years are NOT the years that you should ignore. In fact, you should put even more emphasis on them since they will inculcate the practical skills of being a lawyer.
The first year, other than learning to read cases and do legal research , is only important for bar exam passage since those courses provide the majority of informaton tested on the bar, among that of a few other courses. It is the second and third years that will hone your really important skills. Moreover, you get to choose what skills to hone via electives. If you are paying 30+K per year in tuition, don't waste this money and your time sliding through your upper class years of law school. I promise you that if you heed my advice, you won't regret it. You will, however, regret blowing your second and third years of law school by simply sliding by and not inculcating the skills that you should really have.
Always remember, "It isn't our successes that make us stronger. It is how we handle our failures and challenges that determine who we are." I urge you and others who read this to overcome your lethergy and rise above it.
(actually probably good advice, but dooood)