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First Year of Law School (How not to Succeed in Law School)

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As mentioned earlier, more from James D. Gordon’s so true it’s not quite funny anymore How not to Succeed in Law School (.pdf)

Remember those horror movies in which somebody wearing a hockey mask terrorizes people at a summer camp and slowly and carefully slashes them all into bloody little pieces? That’s what the first year of law school is like. Except it’s worse, because the professors don’t wear hockey masks, and you have to look directly at their faces.

After the professor completely dismantles a student for sheer sport and humiliates several dozen others, he then points out forty-seven different things in the two-paragraph case that you failed so see and still don’t understand. You leave class hoping that maybe there is still a job opening at your brother-in-law’s toothpick recycling factory. You are beginning to learn why law school has been compared to a beseiged city: everybody outside wants in, and everybody inside wants out.

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