I graduated with an EE degree and worked as an engineer before law school.. I think that the subject matter and the application of the law is much easier than engineering.. In fact, I sometimes sit in class and wonder how people are not picking up the concepts..
The issue I do have is with the grading system in law school... In engineering, if you got it and could do the problem then you usually could bank on getting a good grade on the exam.. In law, your grade is dependent on whether or not you can apply the law better than everyone else.. For me, this is a complete departure from what I'm used to and very hard to get used to..
I'm a 1L who just finished by first round of exams, I was wondering if any older engineering/law students had incite into how they did on exams and how their grades compared to engineering grades
You hit the nail on the head. The grading system is night and day. I should have been clear about this in my last post when I advised attacking law school like engineering.
What unlv chick says is true which ties into the grading system. As an engineer, please do not equate studying long hours with success in and of itself. It worked in engineering, it does NOT work in law school. I sorta had to find that out the hard way. Like somebody said earlier, the object in engineering is the end result. You study the formulas and scenarios, plugging in numbers for variables, and presto chango, the answer is 1.21 Giga-Watts. So, as an engineer, you might be inclined to intuitively attack law school by studying all the rules of law so that you can plug in all the facts and, presto chango, the answer is liable. Not good.
Nobody really tells you that your success walks hand in hand with your ability to write a law school exam, and by that I mean, your ability to perform complex legal analysis. The "A" in IRAC, if you will. The "C" is not where the points are. The few engineers/science background people that I know who did not make this distinction did have a hard time. For those of us who by the grace of God did make the distinction, law school then became a little more like home. You can attack law school like an engineer, you just have to make sure you are attacking the right area.
So to answer lawgirl's question, once I was able to beef up my analytical skills on the exams, I and the few other engineers I knew in my class did very well. At the conclusion of 1L, a couple of the engineers transfered to T14 law schools and I ended up making the Law Review at my school.