Law School Workload Compared to Professional Military Education

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Law School Workload Compared to Professional Military Education

Postby pipedream » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:45 pm

The high workload in law school is covered extensively, but I'm curious how it stacks up compared to PME (particularly ALS and NCOA, as those are the two I've taken), obvious length differences excluded.

I was taking two undergrad courses during both of those and managed to do pretty well. I've also gone through a couple hell semesters that included two courses and two internships simultaneously while deployed (which entails a minimum of a 72-hour work week on its own), so I'm not too worried if JD programs are more rigorous. I'd actually welcome it-- call me weird, but I really enjoy challenges when they're something I'm particularly interested/invested in lol

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Re: Law School Workload Compared to Professional Military Education

Postby Wipfelder » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:16 pm

pipedream wrote:The high workload in law school is covered extensively, but I'm curious how it stacks up compared to PME (particularly ALS and NCOA, as those are the two I've taken), obvious length differences excluded.

I was taking two undergrad courses during both of those and managed to do pretty well. I've also gone through a couple hell semesters that included two courses and two internships simultaneously while deployed (which entails a minimum of a 72-hour work week on its own), so I'm not too worried if JD programs are more rigorous. I'd actually welcome it-- call me weird, but I really enjoy challenges when they're something I'm particularly interested/invested in lol


Completely different worlds. 1L is much more rigorous academically than anything in the army or undergrad, perhaps less time consuming, definitely less structured, but much, much more competitive. Its just about incomparable to any army school.

The closest analogy I can think of is to the APFT, but where there is a curve, and you take the top 250 most-fit soldiers, and make them take a test in 4 months.....only the top 50 will get promoted, the other 200 will be dishonorably discharged. Everyone is going to work hard, but there is only so much you can do, on the outside, you'd just see 250 people sleeping alot and working out six hours a day. Some will win due to talent, some to hard work, but most will fail.

On the flip side, law school is predictable, low-stress, and no one cares if you half-ass it. You just probably won't accomplish your goals.

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Re: Law School Workload Compared to Professional Military Education

Postby pipedream » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:55 pm

Ah, thanks for the input. "Which is more time consuming?" is what I should've asked.

As far as the curve goes, that's something I'm fairly excited for in law school. I imagine most, if not all law students could say that academic material always came a little more naturally to them than their peers growing up; being in an atmosphere where that's just par for the course is the part of the challenge I find exciting. (I tried finding a way to word that statement that didn't paint me as a snob, but I still don't think I was successful lol)

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Re: Law School Workload Compared to Professional Military Education

Postby Wipfelder » Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:49 pm

pipedream wrote:Ah, thanks for the input. "Which is more time consuming?" is what I should've asked.

As far as the curve goes, that's something I'm fairly excited for in law school. I imagine most, if not all law students could say that academic material always came a little more naturally to them than their peers growing up; being in an atmosphere where that's just par for the course is the part of the challenge I find exciting. (I tried finding a way to word that statement that didn't paint me as a snob, but I still don't think I was successful lol)


It'll be fun if your going to a top law school because you have a safety net. If not, it gets a little stressful. It'll be wierd cause everyone will be super smart and hardworking, but most won't be "intelligent" in a way your used to seeing. It's quite the experience.....I was an infantryman for about a decade before going to law school. Still struggling with the transition....



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