Making Relationships Last Through Law School
Saturday, Feb. 14, is Valentine’s Day, when most people take some time to share something special with the ones they love. And then there are law school students.Law school students probably spend Valentine’s Day buried in case books, typing away as they create notes. No one else is around, except for classmates who compose their study groups.
Yes, law school students are a lonely bunch, but it’s not their fault. Law school is an expensive investment. It’s also difficult and time consuming, which makes it very hard for students to devote any emotional energy to anything but books. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
It is possible for law school students to make their relationships last through law school. Here’s how:
- Communicate. The key to making a relationship last through law school is communication. Make it open, make it honest and make sure it happens early and often. Be sure to talk about your challenges, successes and the things that excite you. It will help your significant other understand what you are going through. Also listen and appreciate what your partner is experiencing–even if it has nothing to do with law school. Your partner’s life and day-to-day activities are important too. Show that you value them.
- Set boundaries. There will be times when you need to study but your partner wants to talk. There will also be times when your partner wants to be alone, but you’ve managed to squeeze out a few free minutes to talk. Be clear about your boundaries and try to maintain a structured schedule. It will help you both understand what the other needs.
- Negotiate. Of course no rule or boundary can ever address every situation. Be sure to recognize when it is time to renegotiate and then do it. Work together to adjust when your situation changes and you’ll have a better chance to make your relationship last through law school.
- Show affection. Sure, you are busy with classes, studying, clinics and networking; however, you need to make time for kissing, handholding, hugging and other forms of affection. If you lose your physical connection, you will likely also lose your emotional connection.
Law school can be demanding and hard, but it doesn’t have to ruin your relationship. Follow the plan laid out above and make it a priority to love.
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