Knuckles wrote:I'm a 1L so this might not be a credited response, but I just wanted to tell everyone who is having second thoughts to hang in there; if you didn't have cold feet or a breakdown at some point during the semester, I would question your intelligence.
If you are freaking out because of grades or the fear of unemployment, I'd recommend taking a break from TLS. Just because an argument is logical and backed by observation doesn't mean you should be listening to it. Pick up what is useful and let everything else go. I think we're all looking at our sectionmates right now and calculating our odds, but there are better ways to spend your time. If you are really freaking out, do the parts of practice exams that you've covered in class, and find a time to have your professors review them; maybe if you had some tangible feedback you wouldn't be bugging as much. No one wants to hire someone who looks like they are ready to commit suicide.
I agree. Take a break from these types of threads, at least just for now. (but take advantage of the many many 1L success
threads. these were a huge help for me)
TLS is filled with very smart, anal-retentive cynical law students, with a TON of great advice for doing well in school, but also a lot of advice that will make you absolutely miserable if you dwell on it. In all honesty, with my 0L stats, If I would have started doubting myself because someone on TLS told me I had no shot at biglaw/money/etc, I wouldn't have done well at all. But I worked my ASS off with a lot of the good school advice I found on TLS, stayed as positive as possible, and ended up at the very top of my class with several offers, (v20 included).
As corny as it sounds, there is always going to be someone who says you can't do something, and If you always listen, you're not going to get very far.
For now, if you've already sunk tuition money for first semester, might as well ignore the plethora of negativity, stay positive and see how you do. Then
you can re-evaluate based on some of the disheartening TLS advice. Yes, sometimes it's a long shot, and the economy sucks. But at least give it your best shot while you're in a position to try.
Knuckles wrote: If you are freaking out because you don't think you want to be a lawyer, I wouldn't worry either. None of us have a clue what being a lawyer is like. I don't think it is wise to judge our potential satisfaction with lawyering by how much we adore sitting in the library reading cases about foxes and fee tails next to a guy with thirty highlighters. Furthermore, we are sampling a rather basic collection of topics, most of which are confined to the civil realm. Many of us are better suited to criminal law and many of us won't taste criminal law until spring.
TL;DR: Don't be so histrionic. It's not that bad, so stop the negative forecasting and take your medicine.
+1. in all my interviews, I said I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, because 1L doesn't teach you much by way of practicing, and the overwhelming majority of my interviewers couldn't have agreed more.
MTal wrote:Keep working management job and enjoy middle class life, OR, save up enough funds to start your own business. Either way, life will be good.
As this might be good advice for some people, it still comes off as kind of condescending to me. I'm glad I never listened to advice like this.
And startup businesses are insanely risky.