englawyer wrote:I think the explanation is that everyone going into HLS is Type-A over-achievers who graduated at the top of college. After fall grades come in, 80% of HLS is not in the top 20% for the first time in their lives. Pretending that their performance was caused by not trying hard is a coping mechanism that allows everyone to delude themselves.
But it starts before grades come out. I think it's really that people don't want to be seen as over-aggressive gunners, and they don't know how to be normal but try to pursue good grades at the same time. (Frankly, it's a hard thing to do.) So saying "I'm not trying that hard" is code for "I'm trying not to be overly freaked out and aggressive."
Or maybe people really didn't try that hard? I know I found law school extremely chill and fun. Few hours here and there; kept up with the readings for the most part, never stayed up late to study -- some people are just better at school and exams (this is not meant as a brag as you will find this ability is pretty useless in the real working world haha. I'd much rather have been able to develop a strong work ethic as that would serve me 10000x better throughout life).
I mean I wasn't gunning for those DS's (I never got one in my whole HLS career lol), but I did well enough to graduate cum laude. I also probably gravitated toward people who are similar to me in their approach to school as most of my closest friends at HLS certainly did not study or stress about school any more than I did. I'm sure though that out of a class of 550 you can always find types of every color.
imo, however you approached/studied for ugrad or the LSAT or whatever, expect to kick it up a notch in law school. But you aren't going to be going from never studying in ugrad to pulling all-nighters or vice versa.
Oh, and as a final plug for TX law firms (customary DoubleChecks requirement), because I knew I wanted to return home to TX, and that TX law firms for the most part do not require exemplary grades out of HLS students, I found the whole law school grades -> law firm employment experience much more pleasant. Add in the bonus that TX firms hire 1Ls (which effectively means you secure a 2L summer offer before OCI even starts) and poof, watch that stress vanish