Now wrote:1) How willing are people to share notes/outlines/etc with classmates? I imagine people are more willing to share with friends, but are they willing to help out other classmates? Students I talked to said that HLS is "competitive but not cutthroat". Outside of study groups and friendships, do people try to work together and help each other out at finals time, or is it pretty man each man for himself?
2) In general, do people tend to be concerned about grades, or does the lack of letter grades shift the focus to learning the material? Outside of finals time, what is the general stress level like? I'm sure some students will stress/"gun" no matter what, and others will be "chill", but does HLS feel like a pressurized environment?
I ask because I have never been in a class with a curve or in an environment with such a highly concentrated group of high achievers, and want to know what to expect. Thanks!
I did not find anyone unwilling to share notes, however, I was careful to only ask in times of need and only from people whom I felt comfortable asking. There was one person who was borderline, and she shared her notes with me when I was desperate, so when she missed a class, I made sure to offer my notes.
I don't know why you say "outside of study groups and friendships" because those are the ways that people interact. People with whom I was not particularly close were happy to join study groups with me. Otherwise, I did not approach strangers in the cafeteria and ask them questions about Torts.
I did not find at the time that people were particularly uptight. There were some who were, but within each person's social circle, people find it more helpful to lean on each other. OTOH, (perhaps this is oversharing) now that 1L is over, I think that I myself was pretty uptight, although I hope it didn't come across to others.