Your overthinking it. Just do your studies and pass your exams. You'll be fine if you do that.
I'm done with Law School. But thanks for the advice.
That block was not there before, but it is for the best. The article was beyond idiotic, basically the article consisted of someone saying that law school was difficult and that they were shocked that they had to lift a finger to find a job. It was just retarded that is only word to really explain the article, consider yourself blessed for not having to read it.
When I say decent, I mean schools like Louisiana State University, or Missippi college. The job that I am currently doing would pay more if I were an attorney, I know exactly what I want to do with my degree, I just need one that would allow me to pursue my bar in Louisiana, Texas, and possibly Mississippi. I am not really wanting to "practice" law, I just need to get a law degree so that I can pursue higher positions in my current field. The work that I currently do has MANY attorneys doing it, the only difference is that they can advance to supervisory positions whereas I will top out sooner. I am not really interested in "being" an attorney rather I am looking into the future of my current career. It really boils down to the fact that I need an expensive piece of paper so that I can attach it to my resume!
Just because other people have done something does not make it practical. 50 million people voted for George W. Bush. I rest my case.
How in God's name can a person juggle the stress and perpetual pressure to learn more for medicine, while dedicating themself to law school, and not to be discounted, if applicable, fulfilling their responsibilities as a father and husband? What I don't understand is that medicine is higher on the prestige ladder than law, yet by going to law school you would be sacrificing your dedication to a profession more highly regarded and needed to fulfill the requirements to enter a profession that is saturated on the supply side and less highly regarded.
It's your life, so do you want, man. Just my two cents.
I screwed up in school, clearly, but are there any decent law schools that would give someone like myself a chance?
warning: listening to random people online who claims to be top whatever percent of their class can lead to miserable first year experience. Do study. Do prepare. Do whatever it takes to learn the law. Understand the structure of law school. Most of the advice people give are 'common sense' that you already know, but won't help you at all once you get to law school, this is because law school demands many things from you that you might not have. Understanding this can take a long time, especially for those who are stubborn about their approach. Be humble, but be smart and selective about what you listen to. Don't listen to trashy advice. That's deadly.
I don't know you (OP), so take my advice for what it's worth.
Incredibly helpful post, thank you very much. This is some of the stuff I was actually wanting to get into, the "meat and potatoes" of law school.
Speaking to your first point, "The ability to smartly outwork your classmates in the first 2/3rds of the semester.", when you speak about prepping for a test as soon as I feel comfortable, how do you recommend? Do you mean through class notes, legal briefs, or other supplements like practice exams?
Also, can I begin studying any of the applicable materials for each course I may be taking in advance so I can be ahead of the game or does that have to wait until class begins? If I can start in advance, can you lead me to any preferred books, for example like the book by Glannon that you mentioned, Civil Procedure? And in regards to energy level, do you mean relaxing in the summer in order to “recharge the battery” for the coming fall semester?
Also, as I understand it, what I gleaned as the underlying message of the post was that if you truly immerse yourself in the study of law, meaning you study with the intent of understanding the law not just for the grades or ranking, the positives will just come naturally? Am I correct in that assumption?I think so. If you like studying law you will be in a better position come finals time. Briefing cases and reading boring material kind of sucks. If you get confused about the law in a particular area, don't read the case 10 times, go ask the teacher or pick up a supplement for some background. The case method (socratic method combo) is a good exercise, but you can't depend on it.