A Thousand Flappers and Hobbledehoys

My name is Doug Wykstra, and this is some of the stuff I've read and watched.

Law School Confidential: Review

The problem with trying to review a book like Law School Confidential is that I won’t know how useful the whole thing was until I go through law school, if I do. Maybe I’ll post a follow-up review in five years or so.

One of the things that is valuable about this book is that it reminds you of the amount of self-disciplined, regimented work and thought that these programs require of you, and it goes into great, borderline-excessive detail about what sort of activities you need to do to keep up with it. If it’s trying to warn the overly ambivalent or starry-eyed law school applicants of what the process actually takes, then it’s doing its job.

The final chapters, which go through a step-by-step process of how you will need to juggle moving in to your new city with the 10-hour study sessions you will need to endure for the next 2 months in order to pass the bar exam, were enough to give me a minor panic attack. I have heard from people who have been through law school and dispute many of the claims in this book as being outdated, or just not matching their experience. However, these chapters may serve as a useful worst-case scenario for the prospective law student to keep in mind (Lord, I hope that’s the worst-case scenario).

But even if the book is not accurate about all law programs, or certain details are outdated, I think it serves its purpose: it takes you away from the smoke that college and law programs and family and friends all collectively blow up your ass about how great it would be to be a lawyer, how much money you’ll make and what an interesting lifestyle it would be, and says, “look, that’s all great–but this is what your life will have to be like for the next 3-5 years if you want to get there.”

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Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students

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This entry was posted on 26 October 2019 by in Elegant Extracts and tagged , , , .
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