acrossthelake wrote:bruss wrote:
Wow. Now you just seem to be talking out of your butt. You don't to be a 1L survivor to know that Law school is the perfect environment for taking Addy. The fact that your grade depends you not just being good but on being better than everyone else gives students more of a reason to take it. Also the fact that you are saying 1L wasn't that hard, when most say its brutal, will now scare future 1Ls into thinking, "O no she said it wasn't hard so I'm going to need an edge to beat her".
Yes, I'm sure you are a better authority on how hard I found 1L than I am. There's really not that strong a correlation between the effort people put in and the grades they get. I'm not convinced that all the ppl pushing themselves to the edge really benefit all that much from it. Sure, effort is necessary, you don't get to spend 1L lounging by the beach and most ppl I know say they had to cut back significantly on alcohol 1L year because they couldn't afford the hangovers anymore. But you have all semester to learn some rules that you probably could learn in <2 weeks with an E&E on your own. Grades diverge in how well you apply that stuff during the 3 hours, but sometimes not studying it that hard actually makes you better at it.
If you actually have ADD, then yeah I can see it being necessary. But for the average person it just seems a ridiculous risk to take of ending up dependent on it for like next to no return.
I don't think anyone will suggest that the material is excruciatingly difficult, but it's not a breeze either. It's a lot of material, and for most people who are striving to do well, mastering the plethora of material that there is to cover requires a lot of effort. That "a lot of effort" entails maintaining a strong attention span, especially if you find the material boring. Hence, it's not so extraordinary that a 1L -- or a 2L or 3L, for that matter -- would pop an adderall.
I'm not commenting on the ethical opinions behind it, but there certainly is a convenience to taking an adderall during law school finals; I can certainly understand why a law student would.