Law school has its own ways to teach us the needed, regardless of our consent or interest thereto! However, gradually, through the ups and downs of our journey, it seems that while there are some things that we can change, there also exist some things that need to be accepted.
I have had my fair share of ‘law school experiences’ to enable me to write this piece. However, I cannot guarantee that you’ll be having the same experiences through your journey. Therefore, inapplicability regretted.
So, shall we start?
- You’ll be facing tough competitions. Yes, cutthroat competition. You’ll compete with unfaithful friends and sincere enemies. Be prepared to be betrayed, used, and knocked out. However, don’t let this affect you.
Everyone you meet in Law School isn’t your competition, but a potential ally. Learn to build meaningful relationships. Remember, legends don’t compete, they collaborate!
- You’ll be having not-so-competent teachers teach you. We all face it. And not just here, it’s the case with almost all the law schools.Accept your fate. Accept that you’ll have to learn that paper on your own. Take help from your seniors, get married to the library, and have an affair with the related seminars, conferences, workshops. You’ll do it. Almost.
- Never draw a line between your curriculum (course texts) and co-curricular activities like moot courts, seminars, conferences, research papers etc. I repeat, never. It’s an age-old practice to do so, and we all are advised that way. But, times have changed, and so have the norms: your co-curricular exposure is as important as your curriculum, if not more. Don’t believe me on this? Wait till you learn it the hard way!
- Learn. As much as you can. Learn to draft. Learn to speak. Learn writing. Learn to research. Learn networking. Learn a new language. Learn professionalism. Learn programming (Yes, you read that right). Learn business. In short, learn everything.
Don’t limit yourself to the field of law. You’re born a human, not a lawyer.
- Plan. Plan your career. It’s never too early. However, learn to be flexible with your plan. Learn to switch swiftly between plans.
- Write. On a daily basis. Just practice writing everything. Write case briefs. Write movie reviews. Write emails instead of short texts wherever possible. Write commentaries. Just write.Your pen can be your best weapon if you know how to use it!
- Once a famous lawyer was asked to name the best advantage that one can have. And guess what he answered, the habit of reading. Law school involves a lot of reading. And the more you do it, the better it is. The habit of reading and the art of writing will be of utmost necessity regardless of the type of career you choose to enter.
- Hone your interdisciplinary skills. Learn to code. Try your hand at financial planning and investing. Get a certification in physiotherapy. Whatever, just go beyond the law. In today’s world, the career escalator is jammed at every level (as correctly observed in the book ‘The Start-up of You’); and interdisciplinary skills are sort of necessary to give you an edge over others.
- Lastly, don’t just work for a better ‘you’, work for a better ‘world’. That’s how legends are distinguished from bread-earners!
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Author: Anshuman Sahoo
Student of Law|Sophomore year
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