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3 Facts About Law School You Need to Know

Law school is serious, but it can also be fun. You compete ferociously with classmates who will become your friends. You’ll learn to think like everyone else, yet you’ll never look at a problem the same way again.3 Facts About Law School You Need to Know

Law school’s paradoxes can cause you to question yourself.

Don’t let it happen. The sooner you understand the law school paradox, the sooner you’ll be able to make the most out of it.

Here are three facts about law school you should know:

There are no right answers.

Your professors won’t tell you this, but it’s true: When it comes to studying the law, there are no “right” answers. There are, however, “wrong” answers.

What does this mean? It means that every legal challenge—from constructing a killer contract to getting a deal done to defending a criminal—can be solved in any number of ways. Your job is to find a way, a solution, that is as foolproof as possible.

That means finding precedent, constructing a solid argument based on facts and then making that argument compellingly, in a manner that touches on emotion, if necessary.

Knowing this fact can reduce your anxiety and help you begin to look at problems through the lens that works best for you.

Professionalism is relative.

Did you dress up for your first day of class? You know, wear a power suit and all?

It’s great if you did, but it’s probably not necessary unless you’re gunning to become a lawyer at a giant law firm. What if you want to practice family law, where you’ll be going into people’s homes, helping them sort out their finances and write wills?

You probably don’t need that fancy attire.

One thing law school students stress over is the constant pressure to live up other peoples’ definition of what it means to be a lawyer, to be a professional.

The fact is, it means different things to different people. Be yourself. Play the part of the lawyer you want to be when you graduate. You’ll be surprised how much pressure this takes off you.

None of your classmates know more than you do.

You probably look around your class and assume that everyone knows more than you do.

They do not. They might just be better at faking it.

Assume that you know as much as everyone else—yes, even the gunners—and then be confident. You’ll feel better, perform better and, frankly, be more impressive.

 

About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law school tutor fast and easy.

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