« on: April 24, 2011, 03:26:49 AM »
See my point, here? There are a lot of things where, sorry, but "good enough" is good enough. I just brought up an excellent point of perhaps the nation's most successful trial lawyer and not only didn't he really give a crap about getting a maximum score on the BAR EXAM (and I love how the weasly rationalizaions started about that one... give it a rest. If you have to give 100% to ANYTHING related to the law, you sure as hell would have to give 100% on passing the damned bar.
Had to chuckle here. Once upon a time I knew someone who seemingly spent as much time calculating the lowest score he could get in each section of the bar exam to pass with the absolute minimum total score as he actually spent studying. He did manage to pass on the fourth go.
If you're saying that if you don't study a gozillion hours, then you're a slacker who will never make anything of yourself in the law because a lawyer does everything he ever does at 100%, then all I gotta ask is, what year did you win the Heisman?
As to slackers, there's a book out (Slacker's Guide to Law School, by Juan Doria) that speaks to this as well. I liked Doria's book as it was funny and at times poignant, but more to the point here, his epilogue makes plain just why this is important. It's not that one cannot be successful (as that term is usually defined)--although the odds are increasingly against it--but rather that there are deeper questions. Among them, chances are if one is to do well *and* to be happy, one should choose a vocation that at least somewhat comports with a true interest. Lacking that, the odds of a successful career are diminished, and the odds of a happy one are all but vanquished.
If one begins to study an LSAT book and realizes it's dreadful, that's not a good long-term indicator for the "L" part. If one is spending just an hour a day, one question is "why?" Is it boring? If so, back to part one. Is there not enough time? Is it still the eighth grade? And so on. If, however, one finds the patterns in the LSAT interesting--fascinating, even--well, one hour is just too short, yes? So, quite apart from a smart investment, it's also a fair sign.