What are the hardest things about law school?

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Re: What are the hardest things about law school?

Postby jchiles » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:58 pm

bmathers wrote:Being a 30+ y/o 1L in a small town that really only has the law school, the toughest thing for me is the social aspect. You have a 21-25 y/o crowd that is ok to hang out with sometimes, but not all of the time. Then you have the 50+ crowd. Everyone, say, 28-40 is married, has a family, and commutes to school, so it makes it fairly isolating when there isn't a larger young professional crowd or adjoining graduate school to help offer more potential for others in your situation (I'm at PSU-Dickinson, for the record).

Take away the stress and loneliness from that isolation (when you are not the type who can be happy as an introvert), and the actual school work is not THAT bad.


Start golfing (great cheap golf in carlisle)
Consider moving to Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, or even Lancaster and stack all your classes/activities on 2-3 days to minimize commute time.

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Re: What are the hardest things about law school?

Postby bmathers » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:58 pm

jchiles wrote:
bmathers wrote:Being a 30+ y/o 1L in a small town that really only has the law school, the toughest thing for me is the social aspect. You have a 21-25 y/o crowd that is ok to hang out with sometimes, but not all of the time. Then you have the 50+ crowd. Everyone, say, 28-40 is married, has a family, and commutes to school, so it makes it fairly isolating when there isn't a larger young professional crowd or adjoining graduate school to help offer more potential for others in your situation (I'm at PSU-Dickinson, for the record).

Take away the stress and loneliness from that isolation (when you are not the type who can be happy as an introvert), and the actual school work is not THAT bad.


Start golfing (great cheap golf in carlisle)
Consider moving to Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, or even Lancaster and stack all your classes/activities on 2-3 days to minimize commute time.

Thanks - I'm considering Hburg, I've spent some time there recently, but I just have to weigh it all with my dog in mind. I ended up officially taking a personal leave the other day, so I am going through a mini-cycle again. My option to come back here is still on the table (full scholly and stipend intact), but I also may apply to Penn State Law again and also USC (South Caro) Law in Columbia -- if they offer me a full, I will seriously consider making the move to Columbia. Columbia seems like a very interesting medium-sized city for young professionals.

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Re: What are the hardest things about law school?

Postby helplawstudents » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:15 pm

bmathers wrote:
psu2016 wrote:
Ferrisjso wrote:
bmathers wrote:Being a 30+ y/o 1L in a small town that really only has the law school, the toughest thing for me is the social aspect. You have a 21-25 y/o crowd that is ok to hang out with sometimes, but not all of the time. Then you have the 50+ crowd. Everyone, say, 28-40 is married, has a family, and commutes to school, so it makes it fairly isolating when there isn't a larger young professional crowd or adjoining graduate school to help offer more potential for others in your situation (I'm at PSU-Dickinson, for the record).

Take away the stress and loneliness from that isolation (when you are not the type who can be happy as an introvert), and the actual school work is not THAT bad.


This is my experience almost word for word(I'm 22 not 30+). What are your ways of coping?


I went to PSU Dickinson and had similar feelings. I moved to D.C. for 3L and commuted one semester (stacking my classes to t/r only) and then did the semester in DC program for the second semester. No regrets.

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Thank you very much to bmathers for starting this thread and for all who offered suggestions.

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Re: What are the hardest things about law school?

Postby muscleboundlaw » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:53 am

I think the most difficult part has been juggling an hour commute, every day, and the ability to show up to class. I have skipped about 5 classes per course. That's not horrible, but I still feel guilty about it.

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Re: What are the hardest things about law school?

Postby hunt godlink » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:45 am

The hardest thing about law school is being graded on a forced curve against your classmates who are, for the most part, similarly situated.

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Re: What are the hardest things about law school?

Postby muscleboundlaw » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:49 am

hunt godlink wrote:The hardest thing about law school is being graded on a forced curve against your classmates who are, for the most part, similarly situated.


Oh man. This is the one. It forces you to be competitive which, if you have a naturally relaxed composure, can mess with you.

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Re: What are the hardest things about law school?

Postby SomewhatLearnedHand » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:56 pm

Dealing with the hordes of mouth breathers and generally insufferable people.

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Re: What are the hardest things about law school?

Postby OneShot2009 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:33 pm

Hardest thing about law school for me has been having an entire semester's worth of time and effort be evaluated by a 3/4 hour exam.

A close second is the idea anytime I do well it could be at the expense of someone I care about. 1L year with bigger doctrinal classes, it didn't matter so much. But in smaller classes as a 2L and 3L I know I am actively competing against close friends to get the few top grades available.
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Re: What are the hardest things about law school?

Postby brinicolec » Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:00 am

Reminding myself that 1L doctrinals aren't a good representation of the work I'd be doing so the fact that I don't enjoy them doesn't mean I'm completely doomed to hating the profession and have made a huge mistake.


But also potentially being completely doomed.




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