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Finally! You’ve searched the entire library and found the book that you need for class. You flip to the passage that has to be read by tomorrow – and the page has been ripped out. Not only have you searched the entire library to find the book hidden below a stack of unrelated books, but one of your classmates has taken out the required reading.
Sounds like a nightmare, right? Nope – it’s law school.
As much time as you spend with your colleagues and classmates in many ways it feels like they are your only option, but remember. They are not your friends! (You may need to rinse and repeat this mantra again and again!)
Your fellow classmates also want to make partner, be top of the class, get the coveted clerkship, and, the reality is that if they need to step on you to get there, they will.
The real key is going into the experience with the right mindset. Leverage the skills that you have to protect yourself and build the right relationships – that is the way to go. Don’t get too caught up on the nouns: friends, colleagues, classmates—instead focus on the verbs of how people treat you and act.
However, not all people that attend law school are evil. They are just a different breed. To get through law school, prepare yourself for the environment that you are in and mentally prepare yourself for only relying on yourself.
The above article is an excerpt from Tipping the Scales.
To the community, in your expert opinions, is the above accurate representation of the law school experience?
Law school and hiding books is over soon enough. Put that petty stuff out of your mind and think of your classmates as potential clients down the road. Put up with the nonsense, and use law school to build that network and forge relationships with potential referrals and in-house relationships.
This was not my experience with law school. I was not in law school to make friends so perhaps I avoided some of what is described above. I also did not attend a law school that has a culture of obsession with ranking, etc. Did others experience this?