My next door neighbor commented that she worked for a law firm for 10 years and her boss said that law school was 3 years of hell: "The first year, they scare the hell out of you; the second year, they work the hell out of you; the third year, the bore the hell out of you." I commented that this was a fairly accurate representation, but flawed in a fundamental way. Most law school students are scared, worked like hell, and bored within the first couple of weeks of law school. A more accurate representation is 3 years of beer, as alcohol and lawyers go well with each-other.An interesting note. At a book sale held at the law school, I found a video about drug/alcohol addiction and lawyers. I almost bought it. I really should have. Anyways, law school based upon beer and not hell. After all, as Benjamin Franklin is claimed to have said, "Beer is God's way of letting us know that he loves us." So enjoy this with a drink or two. After all, it's as close to the law school experience you can get without being in there or the mental aftertaste.The first year, you find the beer. One of the first places a 1L finds is a place to live. The next place is the nearest bar/club by the law school or their place of residence. Then it is the endless search for all the best places to drink in the surrounding area. The 1L also discovers that nearly all law school events have alcohol involved. Yes, the 1L find law school daunting, but at least they are comforted by the solace of beer.The second year, you drink the beer. Of course, you are already drinking by this time, but more and more time is devoted to hiting the bottle than the books. It is inevitable. After the first year of law school, the second and third years are relatively easier. After a long day of inanely boring classes, one wants to relax by drinking. At this time, the 2L knows of what events to attend to maximize beer consumption and civic-mindedness. Examples include multiple fundraising events, diversity banquets, and other similar activities.The third year, you think the beer. At this time, the law school student should be thoroughly bored by the law school process. Classes are the farthest thing from their mind. Making beer money and finding a job are the most important things. It is safe to assume one will graduate as long as one takes the finals and puts coherent and related answers on the page. Other things loom like the Bar Exam and finding work after graduating, but that can wait until after one has a beer with some friends. Enjoy.
Hrrrrrrm... I'm a 1L and I drink aplenty. This kind of self-medication is a good thing, no? It drowns out the voices in my class. I'm beginning to think I should start drinking while IN class. Did it once. Best contracts class ever. And it was like picking up a woman in a bar. I felt more confident than ever that I had a valid point AND i didn't care about the responses I elicited.
John Sebert, the ABA's consultant on legal education and former dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law, recalls sending a substance-abusing faculty member to treatment as one of the hardest things he encountered in his tenure. "I didn't have a choice," Sebert says. "I had a duty to my students."
For some students, law school is the time to dump old drinking and drugging habits in the pursuit of professionalism.