Q&A’s

Because of the influx of questions readers have emailed me, I wanted to create a new page to post the answers! Email me at talesfrom1lhell@gmail.com with any questions you have!

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a law student?
Answer: A typical day for me is: I’ll get up around 6:30/7 , go to a few hours of class in the morning starting around 9, an hour-ish for lunch around 12 and the rest of the afternoon in the library doing homework. I’ll leave the library around 5/6 to go home, eat dinner and relax for a bit. Depending on the amount of work I have left, I’ll do a few hours of work in the evening. I’ll be in bed by 10:30/11 PM.

Question: How do I figure out what state I want to take the bar in? Can I take more than one state at once?
Answer: It all depends. Most people take the bar in whatever state they go to law school in or in the state they know they want to practice. You can take more than one bar, but it’s usually two neighboring states. For example, I’m taking PA and NJ in the summer of 2016. What this means is that I’ll complete two days of the PA bar and then drive to NJ to complete a third day which is made up of the essay portion.

Question: Would you suggest handwriting or typing your notes?
Answer: I type a lot faster than I write, so I will always type my notes. I will handwrite my notes when I start reviewing for the final so the information sticks more.

Question: Everybody tells me that I’ll pull so many all nighters my first year, was this true for you?
Answer: Not at all! I’m a child so I need at least 8 hours of sleep a night or else I’m miserable. It’s all up to you, though. If you are more productive at night, then it’s possible that you’ll pull some all nighters. If you’re more productive in the morning, then you’ll probably get more work done during the day. As long as you’re organized and on top of your work, it shouldn’t get to all nighters.

Question: Is it possible to have a relationship while in law school?
Answer: Absolutely! It’s all about making time for the other person.

Question: How do I apply to law school?
Answer: Take the LSAT, get your scores, find your schools, apply, and play the waiting game.

Question: What if I go to law school and it’s not for me? Should I drop out?
Answer: If you feel like law school isn’t for you or what you were expecting, I’d highly suggest talking to a faculty advisor, or counselor at school before making any decision about dropping out.

Question: How do I brief ? I keep hearing so much about case briefs.
Answer: Everybody finds their own style with case briefs, but here’s a basic setup: facts, procedure, issue, conclusion, reasoning (or Rule). Facts: important facts of the case. Procedure: Was this case heard in a different court before? Issue: What is the issue of the case? It usually starts with “whether”. Conclusion: What did the court rule? Reasoning/rule: Why did the court rule they way they did? Was there a previous case that helped them make this decision?

Question: How hard is it to make friends?
Answer: Pretty easy. It’s a lot of bonding over school and going to happy hours.

Question: Which is harder, 1L year or 2L year?
Answer: I can’t answer that. Both years were extremely hard. 1L because on top of all the new words, ideas and strategies you have to learn, law school is just a huge adjustment. 2L year is difficult because the professors know you can handle yourself so they assign massive amounts of reading and most students have some type of job so it’s more adjusting.

Question: Is law school like Legally Blonde? I’ve been told that I’m just like Elle Woods.
Answer: If you’re going to law school because you want to be the next Elle Woods, don’t go to law school. You’ll be miserable and waste both time and money. Law school is somewhat like Legally Blonde. There’s a lot of pressure, cliques and cattiness. But, no professor will have a 1L work on a murder trial and no smart 1L will neglect all of her other classes to do so.

Question: People are already asking me what type of law that I want to specialize in. What if I don’t know?
Answer: You can’t specialize in any area of law. You can take a “track” of classes where your electives all compliment each other in a particular area, but it isn’t like college where you have a major. Secondly, it’s perfectly normal to not know! I went into law school thinking corporate law, changed that to criminal law, changed again to immigration, changed again to labor and employment. There’s no wrong choice to make, just make sure you enjoy that field before deciding.

Email me at talesfrom1lhell@gmail.com with any questions you have!

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