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Dating While in Law school: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

At first blush, looking for love within the halls of your law school might seem like a good idea. Who doesn’t want to date someone who’s smart and able to talk about civil procedure?

But before you ask that section-mate out on a date, consider the following :

You don’t have a social life; do you really want to date someone else without a social life? Law school is hard. If you’re not studying you’re in class, if you’re not in class you’re briefing a case. Can you imagine how difficult it’s going to be to find a time that works for you and another law school student to catch a movie or go out to dinner?

Sometimes, you’re better off dating someone who’s not a law school student. Chances are good he or she already has a social life, so when you have a little extra time, you can just tag along with your date—no need to coordinate schedules, you’ll be available when you’re available. Plus, when you get wherever you’re going, you’ll likely be viewed as the smartest person in the room.

Which brings up another reason why dating another law school student isn’t a good idea: You’re both being trained to argue—and win.

Sure, you’ll have a lot of things to talk about, initially—your professors, torts, the merits of the latest Supreme Court decision. You’ll probably do a lot of bonding, initially, because you’ll both be too polite to actually correct one another. But eventually the gloves will come off and you’ll start arguing—to win.

You’ll both start using the techniques you’re learning in class to prove your points, and before you know it the relationship will be over.

Who wants to talk about the law constantly, anyway? Not you. Not before you enrolled in law school.

Remember, you weren’t always a time-challenged law school student. You used to have hobbies and interests and ideas that transcended the halls of your law school. And once you graduate, you’ll go back to those things. You’ll reintroduce yourself to the outside world and probably meet a lot of people who share your interests.

These are the people you should date. They’re the ones who will let you win the arguments (because they’re not trained to win at all costs). They’re the ones who will allow you to escape the law. They’re just hard to find while you’re in law school.

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 tutor fast and easy.

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