acrossthelake wrote: ph14 wrote:
Thanks. Im guessing its 2L that actually prepares you to be a summer associate.
Nope. Pretty much nothing in law school prepares you to work at a law firm.
Yeah, the idea of law school prepping you for life at a law firm is sort of ludicrous. You'll understand once you get there. Some classes *might* be helpful, but honestly, on-the-job learning is not that bad/hard. I've had to do a lot of work in a specific area this summer in which I have no background and have taken no relevant classes, but you pick it up pretty quickly. Seriously don't worry about it. I also didn't mind 8-hour exams. I found I had time to do things like eat lunch, shower, and even nap for one of them.
Just to elaborate on the above...
I was a little surprised to learn that the law school model that is most widespread today (the Langdellian model that started at Harvard in 1870) was deliberately
designed not to prepare students for law practice. The goal was to learn the theory of the law, in contrast to the practical learning that you would get if you were an apprentice to a lawyer for several years. They immediately started (controversially, at the time) hiring law professors who'd never practiced law a day in their lives (notably Ames).
Clinical legal education, etc., which you get in 2L and 3L years, along with moot court (2L and 3L), student practice organizations (can start in 1L), and some other things can get you a little bit of "experience" in something that resembles litigation, I'm told. But these are the exception. Most of what you do in law school is intentionally not designed to teach you anything practical for law firm work.
(Also, History of Legal Education is an awesome class.)