Nothing can ever really prepare you for the baptism by fire that is studying the Law. But you can be warned.
You arrive in law school all fresh faced filled with excitement. You passed your A levels and managed to tackle the beast that was the LNAT. In your head you are the next Harvey Specter or Mike Ross and no one can match your legal prowess….
That is until you attend your first land/property law and contract lectures and you realize that you are not quite sure what is going on half the time. You find yourself stumbling your way through the first few weeks of law school. And suddenly reality hits you, of course you are smart but this law school thing isn’t going to be an easy road. The temptation of Wikipedia-ing and E-Lawreasources-ing your way through seems like a great and tempting prospect.
But the reality is that if you want to reach the top it will require hours of trawling through the forever timing out Westlaw, reading journals set on the extra reading list as if you have unlimited time amongst the other essential reading. Having to understand convoluted judgements that make finding the Holy Grail look so easy compared to having to decipher between what is actually obiter and what is the real ratio. Sleep becomes a distant memory well before the exam season is even around the corner.
Suddenly law for you becomes synonymous to being a somewhat incognito philosopher as you , inevitably find yourself questioning “Why did I ever do this to myself?” How do you even Law? What is law, what does this law even mean, do I understand it…what hope do I have when even my lecturer isn’t sure where the law stands itself.
This is just a blog charting a personal experience of law school, and hopefully it will help out someone.