Cliques In Law School?

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LawSchoolGeeky
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Cliques In Law School?

Postby LawSchoolGeeky » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:57 pm

1L here. Am I the only one who is finding (at least in the 1L realm) that law students are incredibly cliquey? It's so weird... There's like a group of students in my section who all make jokes and talk during class as if they're the "cool group," and then I've noticed other little groups that all hang out together. I feel so strange because I've never had too much trouble making friends but I feel like the outcast here in law school. Has anyone else had experience with this/have any advice?

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Re: Cliques In Law School?

Postby NoDayButToday » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:53 am

This definitely was the case at my 1L school. (I transferred and never really got a pulse on the friend group dynamics at my new school, but definitely had a harder time making friends as a transfer outside of the rest of the transfer class.)

At my 1L school, a lot of straight-through and recent grads kind of stuck together and threw a lot of college-type house parties. There was also a group of kids who had gone to undergrad at the school and either gone straight through to law school or took a year or two off. As we got closer to exams, especially in the spring, there were a lot more groupings along study group lines. I've always been a bit of an loner-floater. Usually have one good friend in each clique, and try to remain friendly with everyone. I would say hang out with the people you like, go to organization meetings for orgs you're passionate about, start a study group...it's important to be plugged in to your section and your class, so I would just put yourself out there more and don't let yourself feel excluded by possible friendship group structures. Definitely don't be intimidated by the apparent groupings--unless they are outwardly unpleasant to you (and who wants that kind of behavior in a friendship anyway), most people would be welcoming to you and are probably hanging out with each other as much out of habit and need-to-belongness as friendship.

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Re: Cliques In Law School?

Postby TooMuchTuna » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:37 am

I think cliques are normal at almost every law school.

Did you go to any open houses or admitted student days? Did you join a Facebook group for admitted students in your class year? Those are the kinds of things I did when I was choosing a law school, and it enabled me to develop friendships with people before law school even started.

For someone in your position, I would recommend going to bar review and, like NDBT said, joining organizations at your school that you're interested in. Also, if your school/class year has a thread on TLS, might as well start poasting in there too!

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Re: Cliques In Law School?

Postby anonanonny » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:24 pm

You definitely aren't the only one who found this to be the case. I saw cliques forming early on 1L year and for the most part those same cliques exist 3L year. Very high school-esque. My advice would be to attend school events and other social events happening where people you like will be attending. I personally kept more to myself 1L year (hanging out with my significant other a lot) and sort of missed the opportunity to make good friends or be a part of any group or clique (don't really regret this though--I'm not into heavy drinking and partying like a lot of classmates). In my experience, the "cliqueyness" was not as bad after 1L year because classes are mixed, and many of the silly 1L requirements no longer exist. At my school, we had to do certain things as 1Ls that we don't have to do as 2Ls and 3Ls. 2L and 3L year feel much more like "go to school, go home" rather than 1L, which felt like it consumed my whole life. I felt like an outcast 1L year for not being a part of a group but that's really not the case anymore since I'm less aware of the cliques as a 3L. That's just my experience, and I wish you luck!




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