What is law school really like?
What is it really like to be enrolled in law school?
Become a Lawyer Answer:
First year of law school.
The first year of law school is definitely an adjustment from college. First and foremost, you have now moved up the ladder of academia... Everyone around you in law school will be intelligent, motivated and is competing with you for grades. Most law schools have mandatory grading curves for first year classes, which means that a law school professor is required to fail a certain percentage of the class.
Further, you will have to adjust to the fact that your grades are based on one exam only, and the learning environment is centered around reading case law and being asked to discuss said case law in class.
After the first year has been completed, you will notice that some students have dropped out of law school. The reasons vary, some people decide the law is not the right direction for them, while others are asked to leave because of poor grades.
Second year of law school.
Second year students have become more accustomed to the law school student life. They now recognize what is expected of them, and how to make their way through classes and law school exams. Depending on the law school, it is likely that the first half of your second year the courses will continue to have mandatory grading curves. Generally, in most law schools this will only pertain to the core curriculum, and mandatory curves are relaxed for electives. This is also the time when you will be permitted to choose some elective classes that interest you.
As the second half of the second year of law school begins, most law students feel like they are back in college, and are no longer intimidated by the law school professors. This is also the time they have to start thinking about relevant summer employment and possibly securing a permanent job.
Third year of law school.
At most law schools the third year of law school is almost exactly like college. The law students choose almost all of their classes, and the lifestyle is very similar to senior year of college. The exception being that now is the time for students to seriously network and seek employment. Law students whose grades are low may take this time to increase their GPA to make themselves a more viable employment candidate.
Overall, law school is a lot of work, but there are times to socialize, and by third year law students are comfortable and know how to meet the expectations of their coursework.