17 Struggles Law Students Will Experience In Their First Year
We’re not just united in our rivalry with Med students; there are some things only fellow Law students will know and there is no experience more bewildering than when you first start out.
1. Trying to channel Erin Brockovich but ending up more like Elle Woods.
2. Feeling like a child playing dress up the first time you wear a suit to court.
The suits aren’t fooling anyone. 95% of you stil have baby faces and are incapable of pretending to not seem completely overwhelmed.
3. Underestimating how hard it would be to integrate Latin into your vocabulary.
No matter how hard you try, you only really end up knowing actus reus and mens rea when it comes down to it.
4. The Ordinary Prudent Man
The illustrious standard of the mysterious bogey-man-like figure which makes you question your own ethics. Then finding out you and everyone else in your class is really harsh at sentencing compared to the unattainable standard of reasonableness he purports to.
5. Trying to get your head around the seemingly endless list of principles.
Some are more straightforward than others but it all comes back to the eggshell skull, duty of care, strict liability, due process, the need to satisfy the prima facie case requirement, negligence… Where does it end?
6. Navigating the minefield of reading material you’ve been set.
And there is only so much e-lawresources can help with.
7. And actually attempting to understand what it is you’re reading.
From understanding appeals, to obiter dicum and then trying to explain the ratio of the decision – it isn’t easy, but Donoghue v Stevenson will stick with you forever. 🐌
8. Getting your first assignment and realising you don’t have a clue.
9. And doubting your instincts more than ever before.
The unrivalled inconvenience that is OSCOLA and its 40-page long guide book.
11. Being singled out in tutorials.
Trying to sound like you know what you’re talking about.
Whether it’s mooting or an in-class discussion, you will realise one thing most of you have in common is an unwillingness to back down.
13. Being asked for legal advice.
Ok, so this is mostly just by your friends on a drunken escapade, but it isn’t long before people exclaim how they may need you for representation in the future.
14. Being told all lawyers are bad people.
Basically having to defend a career you haven’t even come to grips with yet.
15. The mass dropout.
After the first round of exams loads of people drop out…or just threaten to until they find out they’ve passed. Don’t catch the fear.
16. Having to sacrifice your social life.
Only when it’s completely necessary though 😅.
17. And finally, dealing with people’s slightly insulting surprise that you study Law.
“Wow, Law? Really?”