« on: April 25, 2008, 11:37:51 AM »
The only really tough thing about the first year, and law school in general, is the sheer amount of information. It's like taking a drink from a fire hose. It is true that pretty much all you do is read and write. But, it's not as hard as everybody wants to make it out to be. Law students have a martyr mentality.
1L is just scary because it's like walking around in a pitch dark room. You don't really know what's going on. Everything is brand new. The expectations are higher than undergrad, and you have little or no opportunities to receive grades as a benchmark for how your adjusting. Plus, people are gun shy to begin with because they have expectations based on all the popular beliefs (which are half-truths at best) about the first year.
I thought my second year was harder than the first. 2L was just more work. The reading assignments were longer, the writing assignments were more complex, and the professors expected more because they knew we knew a few things at that point. The upside, though, is you begin seeing the same concepts repeatedly, so it gets hammered in your brain.
Law school in general is really not quite like people think it is. It's really just alot of hype.