Tag Archive: law school life

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Looking Back on Law School, Upon Graduation

In two days, I am going to graduate from law school. This post, like Yuko’s from last week, is going to provide some reflections on my experience over the last three years.

Looking back, the first year of school was exactly as bad as everyone says. The first semester, in particular, was extraordinarily stressful. I often felt lost, I dreaded cold calls, and I never felt like I was on top of the material. Not even rose-colored glasses can improve the situation. If you’re planning on going to law school, you shouldn’t expect anything different—you’re in for a trial by fire.

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The Best and Worst Law School Has to Offer

I just took my last law school exam yesterday. So I’m officially done with law school. Here are some of my thoughts on the best and worst law school has to offer.

The Best: Loads of Free Time

Look, your first year of law school will be fairly busy. But if you somehow end up sleep deprived and antisocial, or if you lose all your gains bro, then it’s your own fault.

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Slavery and Symbolism at Harvard Law School

As you may have seen in coverage from The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law School is considering changing its seal. In a social climate laden with cheeky editorials about excessive PC culture on college campuses – or, for that matter, in an election dominated by The Donald – it comes

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Does compassion have a place in the law?

The University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law has recently voted to “champion the cause of compassion.”

When I heard about this, my initial reaction was positive. I think there already is a lot of compassion and other emotions that can come into play behind the rhetoric of legal reasoning. Judge Richard Posner has been arguing that politics, intuition, and emotion, rather than sophisticated legal reasoning, are often the real motivators behind judicial decisions.

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Trust Issues? Try Antitrust!

Antitrust law might not sound as sexy as space law but it might be very attractive to many of you. Antitrust law is the law of competition. Essentially, the purpose of antitrust law is to ensure that firms are competing against each other and not colluding in a way that hurts competition and ultimately consumers.

A lot of law students get disappointed by how formalistic legal reasoning can be. For example, in patent law, to figure out if something can be patented you have to decide if it’s, say, a “process” but not an “abstract idea,” but if it is “it adds significantly more to the abstract idea.”

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Social life matters in law school.

Here’s the thing about law school. You’re there to learn and build a solid ethical and knowledgeable foundation that will sustain a decade’s long career. But, if we’re being real, you’re also there to get to know people, to make friends, to schmooze even. The friends you make in law school — whether they are students, professors, or support staff — could have a direct impact on your job prospects after graduation. In law school, it’s both what you know, and who you know.

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Logical Reasonings / 9.9.15

A) A new University of Tennessee program will allow students to graduate in six years with their bachelor’s degree and a JD. University of Tennessee Knoxville

B) Did that Kentucky county clerk have to go to jail? Volokh Conspiracy

C) Legal writing classes in law school are the source of much complaining – but here’s why they’re not all bad. Law School Toolbox

D) Cat ladies everywhere, rejoice – it will soon be legal to own more than three cats in LA. Wall Street Journal

E) Impress your friends by using your LSAT skills to solve this riddle that was allegedly created by Einstein and has been making the rounds. IFL Science

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Real-Life On-Campus Interview Nightmares

It’s job season for rising 2Ls. It’s a stressful time for pretty much anyone. But, I’ve been hearing a lot of hilarious stories, so I’m going to share some with you.

The Ronald Reagan Library

I was interviewing with a big firm in the City. They’re known for being especially left leaning in an industry that’s itself very liberal to begin with. So I walk into a partner’s office for my second interview of the day, and there’s presidential memorabilia everywhere. Pez dispensers, bobble heads, buttons, and a huge map marked with what are probably the birthplaces of US presidents.

She asks me, “So, where’re you from?” I tell her I’m from this small town in California.

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What To Expect In Your First Week of Law School

If you, like me, are headed into your last week of freedom summer before starting your first year of law school, you may be trying to figure out what those first few weeks of school will look like. Because I’m more neurotic than you, I’ve saved you the trouble and pored over blogs and forums and orientation workbooks myself. Here’s what I’ve dug up:

Don’t worry too much about memorizing the Constitution or anything before class. Many students think they need to either catch up on obscure statutes or try to get an edge over their classmates; neither is the case. In fact, the general consensus seems to be that you should appreciate these last couple casebook-free weeks. Hit the beach, read some Nick Sparks, enjoy the end of your summer.

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An Inside Look at Interviewing During Law School

I’m sure most of you have prepared for job interviews some time in your life. For the vast majority of people, job interviews are a little nerve-wracking and stressful. Now, rather than preparing for one or two job interviews in a week, imagine preparing for twenty to thirty interviews that will take place over the course of four days.

We are in the midst of our law school recruiting period here at Columbia Law. Virtually the entire class of rising second-year students descends on a hotel in Times Square to interview with law firms from around the country. This post is dedicated to giving you an inside look at the process that law students go through to find a job.

Apart from the sheer quantity of interviews, the process is not all that different from interviewing for a job in any other field.