Tips for avoiding the 1L drop (out) please?

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Re: Tips for avoiding the 1L drop (out) please?

Postby StLNE » Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:29 pm

jas1503 wrote:I know that there's no such thing as 1LOL, but I feel like I'm there. I've missed several classes already, and I'm just now buying books for Contracts and Criminal law. Should I be crying myself to sleep? How do you find the motivation to make it through 1L? Do you have to be excited by the material or should you just power through, because practicing law is different from hearing lectures on legal topics?

Movie quote, but I think it applies: You're born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day you're up in the rarefied atmosphere and you've forgotten what shit even looks like. Welcome to the layer cake son.

Take the attitude of phoning it in early and you'll never get out of the "taking more shit" phase. Work (in any regard) generally sucks. That's reality. You work your ass off with the hope that someday you'll be able to be independent. Until then, no one is going to give you anything. In all reality, in this economy and the way the boomer generation is sticking around in the workforce, most people are going to fight to keep you from getting what you earned. I can understand the "grass is greener" mentality, but realize it's just escapism.

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Re: Tips for avoiding the 1L drop (out) please?

Postby Hufflepuffer » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:08 pm

jas1503 wrote:Just looking for like-minded people who have had these doubts their 1L year, or 1Ls who have these doubts now. Obviously, I can't be the only.

I also am attending a lower ranked law school "for just about free" so I can relate. I guess you have to ask yourself why you applied to law school. Do you enjoy learning the law? Do you want to be a lawyer? If so, I would say press on. I think everybody goes through a phase of buyer's remorse after being subjected to the socratic method for the first time and lots of talk about professionalism, and grades, and the poor job market after graduation. It helps to engage yourself with the material. Most of the cases are in the book for a reason: they are controversial. So try and motivate yourself that way, to read the cases with an analytical eye and try to understand why the judges decided what they did.

Idk, it works for me*. I enjoy the class discussions so far.

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Re: Tips for avoiding the 1L drop (out) please?

Postby Wearthewildthingsr » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:17 pm

I'm gonna be the contrarian and just say relax, take a deep breath, get your shit together and try your best from here on out. That's really all you can do. Best of luck.

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