General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Law school for the rest of us: Advice/questions for/from T2/3/4 students:« on: March 30, 2007, 10:57:02 AM »
no one ever plans to lose scholarships. no one plans to be in the bottom of the class. no one plans for that sinking feeling when you see a "C" for a class you busted your ass in.
its harder, because most of us were in the top of our college classes, or are coming from very successful other careers. we've been told we were smart all of our lives, and we knew that if we just put everything we had into it, we be at the top of our classes here.
a rude awakening to find that everybody here is smart. some are lucky. others just test extremely well.
10% of us are ecstatic. we have the legal world by the balls, and we strut around in our suits because we got the interviews YOU didn't qualify for. another 20% are satisfied, yet eying the top 10%, wondering what we can do to displace them. the next 40% have adopted an 'i don't give a sh*t attitude.' we know that there is no way in hell we will be able to reach that magical top 10%, and are doing just enough to get by. 'a C is ok' is our mantra, along with 'sure i'll have another beer.' but we don't fool anyone, least of all ourselves. we're just as stressed and disgusted with ourselves as anyone else. the bottom 30% waver between hope and despair. we just want to pass. we're not stupid, but we sure feel that way. we listen to the morons in class offering their idiotic opinions over and over, and when we find that their gpa's are 1.5 higher than ours we just want to gouge our eyes out with our own highlighters.
and then theres a very, very small percentage of us, hidden in the greater masses, who have determined that the law probably isn't for us. it's not that we can't do it -- we just don't know if we want to. but we've already invested a LOT of money in discovering this -- because coming to law school was the only way to find out. we're looking for an out. don't be surprised when we disappear, regardless of our gpa or class standing.
remember, kiddies, that C average attorneys still find jobs, have successful careers, and pay their student loans. if you determine not to get caught up in the gpa rat race; or use it as a measuring stick to determine your own self-worth, you'll be ok. you'll do a little of it, guaranteed -- just don't let it pwn you. keep your eyes on the prize, do the networking, make the contacts, get the practical experiences, and things will work out.
The best post I've read in a while. Thanks, Rev.