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. If you’re doing anything more than 40 hours a week of actual studying—you have to subtract out social media time—you’re doing it wrong.
You should have plenty of time to socialize, have fun, work out, and be nice to people. The amount of work you need to do in law school, even during the first year, is greatly over-exaggerated. Your second and third years should be an absolute breeze, unless you are masochist and you join a law journal or, worse, the law review.
So pick a worthwhile project for during your last two years—I went with learning Japanese and working out—and enjoy all the freedom you won’t have when you start working.
The Worst: The Cost
Here’s what it’ll cost you in monthly payments to attend the most expensive schools in the country. Do I really have to say anything else?
You’ll be even more pissed about this when you realize that your employers have pretty much zero expectations about your ability to do the work of real lawyers based on any classes you took.
The Best: Experiential Learning
While traditional classes are mostly useless—you’ll end up teaching yourself the law from commercial supplements in the vast majority of cases—experiential learning, like internships and clinics, are awesome.
I did five internships during my time at law school and I wish I could have done a couple more. You don’t have to do that many, but make sure you ask around and figure out at least two you’d like to participate in before you graduate.
The Worst: No Interview Admissions
Some of the best people you’ll meet will be your law school classmates, but so will some of the absolutely worst. Law schools should try to screen out the worst offenders by using interviews during the admissions process. If you can’t keep it together during a 30-minute interview—and you will meet people who fit this mold—you probably don’t need to spend three years around other people who can.
The Best: Experience and Good Grades Not Necessary
Law school is great for late bloomers. If you didn’t do so hot in undergrad, or if it’s been a few years since you finished your degree in East Asian studies or anthropology and you’ve barely worked since, worry not. Law schools won’t care, as long as you can get it together to score well on the LSAT. From there, it’s up to you to keep it together enough to do well on your exams. But if you do, you can have a fruitful career as a professional, even though you made some missteps early in your life.
The Best: New Friends
My favorite thing about law school has been—without a doubt—all the new friends I’ve met.
So that’s my take on the best and worst of law school. I’m sure I’m forgetting some things, but I’m busy trying to put furniture together in my new apartment. So adult.