A. What was most challenging aspect(beside the obvious)of law school you had to overcome?
- The 2 hardest parts of Law School were probably:
1. Learning to accept defeat/setbacks
. I can handle a bad grade in a class. However in Law School this is the first time that many of you/us will ever run into rejection. Either rejection from the job you wanted/interned or rejection from journal/trial advocacy.
2. Constant competition
. Even if you played sports, Law School creates a different more insidious form of competition during your 1L year. You are always competing against someone else for the most arbitrary form of recognition. It gets to the point where idiots are comparing which Professor assigned the most pages to read for class or which section has the smartest people assigned to it. Day after day, you feel as if you always have to prove yourself because of the arbitrary standards that this institution creates and places upon us. You quickly learn in Law School that you can't always be #1. No matter how great you were in undergrad, there is always someone better than you.
B. Were you ever on the precipice of throwing in the towel? If so how were you able to persevere?
Nah, cuz I knew that when I stepped foot into Law School I wasn't leaving with that expensive-ass piece of paper. I've always wanted to be a Lawyer, I just never wanted to go to law school because the study of law
has nothing to do with the practice of law
C. What's the best piece of advice you could offer a 0L starting this fall?
Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing you can do to gain an advantage over your soon-to-be classmates. I don't care how many times you read "Getting to Maybe" or "Planet 1L". Unless you drop $2,500 to take a BarBri course this summer, you will not have any noticeable advantage.
Your best bet is to go out and have FUUUUUUN this summer. If you need money, then go get a part-time job working with a lawyer in a field of law that YOU HAVE A STRONG INTEREST IN PURSUING. It will give you a leg up over you classmates that went to law school "because my dad is a lawyer and I figured I might as well be one, too."