Law school is not for the faint of heart. It is not easy and rarely a fun experience. Most who have passed out of law school and have become lawyers claim that the life of a lawyer is much easier than the life of a law student. So, here is a few things you must know before you decide to apply to a law school.
- Law school is not like your undergrad. There will be no easy assignments which you can submit last minute and laze around for the rest of the weekend. There is not much partying as well. There is just a hell lot of all-nighters and caffeine pumping through your veins.
- It requires a lot of reading. I repeat, a LOT of reading. You will spend most of your school life in the library reading through never ending books. You will get long reading lists from your seniors and professors. You will be surprised by how fast you will be able to finish books or comprehend and pick up the important themes of an article after one or two years in law school. Most often law students have a self-imposed schedule for reading and to finish the set number of books they have to by the end of the month.
- You need to remember the smallest details. The smallest legislation or law will bring about a significant difference to your case or answers. You have the sweat the small stuff. You need to read through many other previous cases that maybe very old and might seem inconsequential but the littlest detail from a case of the 1980s will come in handy for your research or understanding of another case. Remembering case names is another small thing you definitely have to put some effort into.
- Everyone you meet will ask you for legal advice and you will have to get used to it. The more law you learn the more you will be uncertain of taking a particular legal position. Because of all the controversial and complex cases, you are reading you will find it very difficult or forget how to give clear simple advice for anything. Another problem is that whatever advise people maybe asking it may not be in the area that you are in specializing in because there are various degrees for law. No matter how many times you try to explain to people about this, they will not understand.
- Another thing you must understand, is that it does not guarantee jobs. It is often believed that once you go to law school you immediately become a lawyer and make good money. This is not necessary. Not all people who pass out of law school make it big in the law field. Finding Jobs in law is as difficult as in any other field.