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Current Law Students / Re: Need Advice...
« on: April 13, 2005, 10:56:24 PM »
Well, Princeton certainly isn't strictly an undergraduate school.  But it limits grad programs to academic PhD programs, and so it doesn't offer professional programs -- business, medicine, law.

I think it's interesting that some (not all) of the pre-law folks come to this board looking for advice and then completely disregard what actual law students have to say. 

You're so right.  It's funny that student after student can say the same thing, but all of us future 1L's just ignore it.  Anyhow, I definately am listening to what you have to say. 

You know, for all that people talk about reading books about law schools and trying to figure out the "secrets" of doing well, not many people talk about just showing up and doing what the professor advises.  But the professors actually do want students to succeed -- to become good lawyers -- don't they?  Would it be that crazy just to listen to them, instead of listening to something you bought at your local Borders?

It might be easier to keep believing in fighting for freedom than fighting for an A in torts   :D

Seriously though.  It'll be interesting to have you at Pitt.  I never really experienced any "older" students in UG (went to U.Michigan).  So even though you're not exactly elderly, you're going to add a lot with your experiences.  And of course the military experience is just really cool to have in a law class. 

Reread your post and noticed you talked about the army.

I understand that it's necessary to compare LS to something, but I think it's going to be a very different type of intensity than the army would offer.  I mean, it may actually be less stressful than the army, especially than Iraq.  But the type of intensity that law school will cause may actually burn you out faster.  Because even though there's less stress -- and the consequences of not succeeding are, in some ways, not as great -- the constant intellectual rigor (as opposed to physical rigor or emotional stress) may actually be worse than what you come up against in the army.

I'll be interested in seeing how you compare the two experiences after a semester, though.

Yes, I hear you.  The first year of law school is going to be intense.  It's easy to forget how such intellectual intensity can wear on you.  When everything is new and nothing is routine, burnout can be a factor.  I think a relaxed summer is worth protecting against that.

I also think it's necessary to make sure you spend some time with your family and friends (especially your sig other).  Because if you have to deal with difficulties in those relationships while you're trying to deal with your first year of LS, it'll be a disaster. 

So relaxing it is for me.

I haven't read all three pages here, but I think I get the idea.

I might read a book about law school before I start.  But that's about it. 

I do think that recently graduating from UG (I graduated in May '04 BTW) does probably correlate with not "preparing" for school as much.  But I don't think it really is a matter of priorities.  I think it's more a matter of feeling academically confident.  B/c let's face it -- if it's been several years (or for some people, more than eight or nine years) since you've been in school, you probably are a bit more nervous about going back.  And you probably don't remember quite how academics can burn a person out in a way that a 9-5 job can't.  But this is just my opinion, of course. As always, I reserve the right to be wrong.

Current Law Students / Depression
« on: December 20, 2004, 03:03:18 PM »
So I've been hearing all of these stats about depression in law school and how it's out of control.  Do ya'll find this to be true?  I'm going to be starting next year and the depression issue has me worried (as I went through some serious depression as an adolescent).

What do law students do to keep from becoming depressed (other than not being law students :) 


Current Law Students / Any Miami Students out There?
« on: December 20, 2004, 02:23:17 PM »
Ok, sorry about this -- I accidently duplicated this topic... please don't respond.  Sorry.

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