Tag Archive: 2L

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The Eternal Debate: Should Law School Be Two Years?

Every year or so, a major news outlet publishes an op-ed calling for the abolishment of the third year of law school. Having gone through law school, I can say that there’s some validity to that argument.

Allow me to explain using the following well-worn adage: In 1L, you’ll get scared to death; in 2L, you’ll get worked to death; and in 3L, you’ll get bored to death.

1L: Scared to Death
1L is really not that bad. But. You’ll still be terrified out of your beautiful mind some of the time.

The law is completely new to you, so there’s that learning curve. Then, you have the actual curve, which is unforgiving and will be spoken of by your classmates as if it’s an actual horror-film entity.

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Graduating from Stress: The Progression of the Law Student Winter Break

The quality of one’s winter break in law school depends almost entirely on two factors: what year one is in law school, and one’s general disposition. I’m not sure how many of you reading this are prone to freak out, so I’ll focus on your place in law school instead.

Let’s take the 1L. I’m sure that, by now, everyone has told you how important your first semester grades are. They’re mostly right. If you’re a 1L, you get to spend winter break mentally rehashing every final you took and worrying about your performance on finals. Sounds fantastic, no? If you find yourself in this position, my advice is to get as far away as possible from law school/students during winter break. Find some semi-exotic locale and plant yourself firmly in a state of willful ignorance of your possibly impending doom. After all, there’s nothing you can do about at this point anyway, right?

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The Second Year of Law School: Smaller Books, Smaller Hernia Chance

If you’re a 1L right now, finals are probably about two months away. This means a couple things. Firstly, you’re probably lamenting the fact that you didn’t start outlining sooner. But who can blame you? We all know that no one starts outlining until after the finale of The Bachelor. Secondly, you’re no doubt wondering what you can expect when you return for your 2L year.

For one, your classes will be completely different. Gone will be the days of the school cramming a predetermined schedule down your unsuspecting throat. Believe it or not, you’ll actually get to take classes of your choosing. If you’re anything like me, those classes will not meet on Fridays and none will meet before noon.