What Is Law School Like And What Makes Law School Difficult?

Wondering what is law school like? Law school is three years, and in between each school year you have the summers off (which you will hopefully commit to some kind of legal related employment). The process is definitely challenging, you will learn a lot about yourself and you will see the world in a slightly different light (not better or worse, just different).

What is law school like? Let’s start with what it is not like… Law school does not train you to be a functioning lawyer, but instead law school trains you to LEARN the law (does not really teach you the law). Don’t expect to be able to try a case or close a major business deal straight out of law school… you will learn how to practice law through actual experience when you begin your first job out of law school.

The first 1.5 years of law school are difficult because this is the time you take your mandatory core classes. At most law schools core classes (see Lawyer Education) have a mandatory curve; thus a certain percentage of students must fail the class… receive a certain number of D’s or F’s and you will be asked to leave. The most difficult part of this time in law school is that it will all be new to you. But fear not! You will adjust just fine… you will not be tortured or killed, nothing bad is going to happen to you.

What is law school like after you get over that hump? The second half of law school is a lot like college. The students are no longer intimated by Socratic Method, they know how to study for the final exam, and are more concerned about obtaining employment after graduation than anything else. This is also a great time to network with your classmates, as the connections you make can be just as important and valuable as your education. Moreover, this is the time where you should really discover your passion for a specific type of law.

Overall what makes law school the most challenging is you… You probably have a core set of beliefs about law school and becoming a lawyer coming into the law school experience. This set of beliefs that you have about becoming a lawyer was probably generated from rumors you heard, or from TV/movies, and is not based in reality. Relax… there is no reason why you can’t go to law school if that is the road you choose.

There is nothing that you can’t do, so push all thought about whether or not you can do it out of your mind. You can become a lawyer! That is not up for debate… The real question is the following: Is a legal career the best career choice for you? How do you know that you will have a passion for legal work?

Don’t focus on any fear of the unknown or fear of law school, Socratic method, etc… Stop focusing on what law school is really like, and focus on learning as much as you can about how to become a lawyer and what type of work lawyers actually do. If you do as we advise you will most certainly be prepared to make an educated decision about enrolling in law school.

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