I only know what I'm told. I associate with alot of attorneys, and I ask alot of questions. I don't believe that I ever said that I know what law school is like from any firsthand knowledge; I have stated what I believe it will be like. The fact that I can say much of law school is reading and briefing cases and discussing them in class is akin to saying accounting is working with financial data: it's common knowledge to anyone who has ever read anything about law school, spoken to an attorney, or been friends with a law student. Oh, my girlfriend is an attorney, so, I can say that I have sound secondhand data, though not firsthand data. I've inverviewed law professors at UNLV. I've sat in on law classes at UNLV because I know the professors. None of this translates into firsthand knowledge of law school. However, if I read 1,000 books about Mars, interview astronauts who have landed on Mars, and hang out with expatriate martians, I would say I know a little about Mars. None of that is a substitute for actually going to Mars, though.My two semesters of business law were taught by a law professor in a format that he says is similar to law school. Granted, it's simply not the same. However, we read and briefed cases, used the socratic method in class, and had a reading load similar to what is in law school (750-1,000 pages a week, except our cases were abridged). We crammed the first year of law school into two sememsters in a very summarized format. I am told that the curriculum was nearly identical except that more cases are discussed and each topic is developed more thoroughly. So, I believe I am familiar with the material. I have been told that the two classes are to law school what a Becker CPA course is to an accounting degree. If a non-accountant took the course, he would learn vocabulary and concepts that would be too far above his head to be of a practical use without in depth study. The purpose of the business law courses was simply to teach legal vocabulary to accountants so we know how to converse intelligently with attorneys and know how to recognize legal issues for referral to an attorney. Nothing I encountered was even remotely difficult. In fact, after advanced accounting courses, I thought they were a breeze.So, do I know what law school is like? Yes and no. I know the material that I will encounter. I'm familiar with how the material is likely to be taught. That's about it. The rest I know from talking to attorneys, law students, and professors. I hope their descriptions are accurate. I suppose I know no more about law school than I did about Marine Corp boot camp from watching documentaries on the military channel before enlisting in the Marines. Much of what I saw on videos and read in books was quite accurate, though. I'm sure it's no different with law school.
Do people think it's actually true that scholarshiped students are grouped together? I'm at 85% and trying to get it bumped up...and have to maintain a 3.0 (apparently the 'average' is a 2.67). It's bs if they group all the 'smart' kids together so that some of them lose their scholarships by default.