What's Law School Like?

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mattf
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What's Law School Like?

Postby mattf » Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:20 am

What was your first impression of law school? Did the classes seem intense to you or were they more laid back? How did you feel about the transition from UG to law school (even if you didn't go K-JD)? What are the professors like?

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Attax
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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby Attax » Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:22 pm

First impression - this is a lot less work than undergrad
Classes - seemed laid back, a lot of people stressed about cold calling but it was self-made stress
Transition - still felt like a lot less work than undergrad, but more stress towards finals (K-JD)
Professors - do a good job at pretending to care.

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby Louis1127 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:27 pm

Attax wrote:First impression - this is a lot less work than undergrad
Classes - seemed laid back, a lot of people stressed about cold calling but it was self-made stress
Transition - still felt like a lot less work than undergrad, but more stress towards finals (K-JD)
Professors - do a good job at pretending to care.

What was your major, Attax, if you don't mind sharing?

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby Manteca » Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:34 pm

No real homework is nice, cold calls suck, you read lots of cases, finals are stressful but you can basically just do whatever for the first 2 months of the semester, professors are hit or miss.

I worked for 2 years b/w undergrad and law school - pretty easy transition imo if you have the right mindset as to what to expect

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby Nonconsecutive » Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:44 pm

I drink more coffee now.

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby thechinaman12 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:53 pm

sum chill ppl, sum gunners. sum interesting professors, sum duds. sum coffee, sum cigs; perhaps sum adderall. sum late nights for LRW, sum drunk nights with friends. a fairly repetitive 2-3 months, with a month of crazy studying. feeling like you know nothing at the age of ~25, then the "aha!" moment when you understand negligence.

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby TheoO » Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:55 pm

Laid back but a bit stressful at the end if you are at a top school; can't even imagine how stressful it would be at a lower ranked school...

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby iamgeorgebush » Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:24 pm

Attax wrote:First impression - this is a lot less work than undergrad

really? my experience has been the opposite; there is considerably more work in LS than in undergrad.

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby Lacepiece23 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:25 pm

iamgeorgebush wrote:
Attax wrote:First impression - this is a lot less work than undergrad

really? my experience has been the opposite; there is considerably more work in LS than in undergrad.


My last impression now that I'm graduating is this is way less work. But 1L sucked. Some people don't need to study or were engineers or wannabe doctors in UG.

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby chuckbass » Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:37 pm

I learned that FBing in class can still lead to good results

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby logdog » Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:52 pm

Nonconsecutive wrote:I drink more coffee now.

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby jbagelboy » Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:27 pm

At times it really sucks but its predominantly chill with hints of irritating. Lots of interesting and inspiring people even if the material can be boring af. (Also lots of shitty strivers).

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby El Principe » Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:31 pm

It's not that bad… I mean, it's pretty fucking bad, but it's not unbearable.

But if you want must know, if sleeping with half of your 1L class, becoming a pseudo-alcoholic, and receiving a ton of terrible advice on how to succeed in your first year sounds like your cup of tea, law school is right up your alley.

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby Attax » Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:02 am

Louis1127 wrote:
Attax wrote:First impression - this is a lot less work than undergrad
Classes - seemed laid back, a lot of people stressed about cold calling but it was self-made stress
Transition - still felt like a lot less work than undergrad, but more stress towards finals (K-JD)
Professors - do a good job at pretending to care.

What was your major, Attax, if you don't mind sharing?


Chemistry :mrgreen:

OP, I've never had as much free time as I do in law school. It is basically 20-30 hour weeks as a 1L up until November when it becomes crunch time.

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Re: What's Law School Like?

Postby mattf » Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:39 am

Attax wrote:
Louis1127 wrote:
Attax wrote:First impression - this is a lot less work than undergrad
Classes - seemed laid back, a lot of people stressed about cold calling but it was self-made stress
Transition - still felt like a lot less work than undergrad, but more stress towards finals (K-JD)
Professors - do a good job at pretending to care.

What was your major, Attax, if you don't mind sharing?


Chemistry :mrgreen:

OP, I've never had as much free time as I do in law school. It is basically 20-30 hour weeks as a 1L up until November when it becomes crunch time.


Thanks for your answer, I'm also a Chemistry major haha




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