This post is specially meant for students who are joining law school this year who must be very excited it. However, you need to know do's and don't of law school and what to expect from your life in law school before you join. So, here you go!
After burning midnight oil and after lot of deliberation regarding which law school to join. Finally you will join law school. However, here is the caveat; law school is not as simple as a cake walk as you might think.
So what should you expect from law school?
Law School selects the best of best students. No one is less than anyone, so when you enter law school, expect cut throat competition. You might be a stud debater in your school but you may not find a place in college debate team.
Initially, academics will be really a pain, cases to read, projects to make, you will be introduced to luminaries such as “Mulla”, “Seervai” and terms like “Plagiarism”, “Footnoting”, “Memorial”, “Authorities” etc. etc., it will take time to get the hang of these things.
Expect people from diverse background and way of life, you will see people from all over the India and an amalgamation of culture. You will find myriad variety of person, good people, bad people, and teetotaler to alcoholic to drug addicts. It depends entirely on you that which kind of people you select to hang out with.
Expect plethora of opportunities to excel, be it in moot, debate, theatres, sports etc. You will get opportunity to write for major journal, attend big conferences, and listen to famous public figure.
Do’s and Don’t of law school
Do sink into the environment of law school as soon as possible. The more time you take to adjust to the ambience, more time you waste which you could have used productively.
Law school offers ample opportunities. Do avail them. Identify your area of interest. You don’t need to be jack of all trades but be a master of one. Develop expertise in your field of interest.
Do identify seniors and people who can help you and guide with your academics. I would have been no where if I would not have got right guidance from my seniors. Make good friends and productive contacts. Be good at networking.
Don’t get petrified by tough competition. Don’t retreat. Many a times it happens, the cut throat competition and a feeling that you might fail scares the shit out of a person. Don’t be scared. Be wise enough to ask your seniors about how they dealt with the academics and co- curricular in their first year.
Even if you don’t succeed at first, don’t give up, be patient, work your way up, you will certainly succeed. All the very best for your law school life!