Wow, oblada, quite interesting! Sometimes I guess you've to take people at their word!
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Anyway, "friends" means little more than people you sit next to in class, chat with in between classes, and maybe study with occasionally outside of school. And as reverendlex alluded to, the relationship is often not unlike that of an AA sponsor.
Being smart and successful in law is possible only for those armed with the "kill or be killed" mentality. Competition is inevitable, but in a cutthroat world that rewards street smarts and cunning — along with good connections and unlimited funds — conquering enemies is the necessary ingredient for true success. You want to know "everything-you-wanted-to-learn-in-law-school-but-didn't"? If you want to be a rule maker, then you must know the rules, which include be bold, don't sleep and be prepared to settle. It's not always pretty and it's certainly never fair, but the sooner one accepts the reality of this cold, hard business world, the sooner the competition will seem less threatening if not entirely inconsequential. Nice guys rarely finish first. Men and women who go to law school to learn how the system works so they can make the world a better place are fooling themselves and are likely not headed for super-success. Understanding how people, companies and laws really work — the "sophistication in litigation" — is what separates the winners from the losers.
This bozo sounds like a law professor .. well, I guess he found what he's looking for!