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When Netflix and chilling by yourself has become boring, and that pull from Parkers still hasn’t texted back, it may be time to start looking for a more long term companionship. Someone to share your snacks with, and keep you warm when you forget to pay your heating bill again. The law student, with their glamorous lifestyles and stupidly-paid work placements, may seem like an obvious candidate.
However, the life of the law student is not all champagne and snappy suits – there are a number of things you’ll need to be aware of before you decide to date one of us. You will never win an argument This is an obvious point. Law students aren’t throwing £9,000+ a year into a degree about arguing for nothing.
Even when you’re right, you’re probably still wrong. The law student will be able to prove this with a detailed interpretation and analysis of every small thing you’ve said from the moment that you’ve met..
and if you haven’t backed your argument up with sufficient evidence, even if it sounds reasonable, they’ll throw it out at first instance. You’ll have to get used to library dates Law students are convinced their degrees are significantly more difficult than anyone else’s, including yours, so don’t be surprised if they ask to trade in your lunch date for a library session.
It’s likely that they’ve set up base camp in their law library, insisting that they’ll be staying there from open to close. (At least you’ll save some cash.) Romantic Keep your opinion on Brexit quiet A not so obvious, but even more important point: if you think we should leave the EU, do not, under any circumstances, tell your law student partner. If you do you will be held solely and entirely responsible for screwing up the syllabus for the rest of their degree.
“Networking events” are not what you think “Networking” is a secret term used by lawyers to describe the process whereby wealthy employers throw unlimited alcoholic beverages and canapes at law students, then chat about things that you probably won’t understand. If you’re lucky your partner might take you along so you too can indulge in the freebies, but make sure you don’t out shine them – for the law student, career goals are top on the list of priorities. (and yes, that means they come above you.) They won’t drink ginger beer from a bottle The golden rule for any law student.
You’ll need a vocab list Mooting, mens rea, res ipsa loquitur and ratio decidendi. Half the time, it will seem like your significant other is speaking another language. It might be a good idea to start keeping a list of all the strange things you hear, as they won’t be impressed if they have to take time out of their busy schedules to explain to you what the hell they’re talking about for the second time.
*sigh* Get used to the existential crisis The type where they are lying on the floor, sobbing that they’re going to give up law to become a gardener because “nothing makes sense.” Do not, under any circumstances, suggest that you might be able to help, particularly if your knowledge of the law is derived entirely from watching ‘Suits.’ You will have a textbook launched at your head. Don’t let the caffeine run out With the thousands of cases a law student insists they must study, they often find themselves working through to the early hours of the morning. While the average law student appears organised and in control most of the time, deprive one of caffeine and you will be left with a crumbled mess of a human being.
And finally, never ever suggest your new playmate is going to be your “get out of jail free” card You’ll be chucked quicker than you can say “court adjourned.”
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I can't speak from the perspective of dating a law student, but I can speak from the perspective of having dated someone while I was a law student...from that point of view, it's a pretty tough thing to manage. I think the key points from that experience are the following: • Time is tight when you're a law student - you're constantly reading, re-reading, and re-re-reading the assigned texts, coming up with ideas and notes and basically spending a LOT of time with your nose in a book, when you're not in lecture.
Or preparing for a mock trial. Or writing your Legal Writing briefs. Or trying to work on your law review application. Seriously, there's a LOT of "me" time that any law student actually requires. • Stress levels are extremely high for law students.
Especially those (like me) who happen to have been lucky enough to get a scholarship of some kind. The first year, in particular, is usually a "wash-out" year - the profs are (to some degree) trying to push you out, either through grades or humiliation or just plain old meanness. Add to that the fact that you're in a highly competitive environment full of Type-A personalities, who may have been some of the smartest people from their prior academic experience (or at least think that they were), and you've got pretty much nothing but high-pressure stress from about 7am until at least 5 or 6pm, depending on when you're able to leave the school (see above).
• The social aspects of law school are often ignored or at least not mentioned very prominently. But, if you're like me and don't come from a white-collar background, law school is where you start making connections that will pay off long down the road. As a law student, you need to go to social functions, school events, get involved with school groups and organizations.
I'm 100% serious when I say that your future career as a lawyer starts the minute you walk in to your first class (hell, maybe even orientation). The connections that you start to make in law school will be the connections that you rely on in the future to be a successful lawyer.
And, as such, the smart and/or savvy student is going to spend a lot of time, effort, and energy investing in these relationships, possibly at the cost of their other relationships (friends, family, significant others).
Having said all that, it can work out fine - I know several classmates whose SO's weren't in law school with them at the time, and they made it through and went on to lead happy lives together. But I also know far more who experienced failed relationships with people outside the law school world (and inside, of course) during that three year trial by fire. If you want to make it work, know that you're going to have to be giving up a lot and providing a lot of support for the law school student.
Try not to resent them for the time, effort, and energy that they're investing in their future, and see it for what it really is - a temporary, three-year pit stop in hell. I'm not sure what feature you'd like me to comment on regarding dating a person in law school, but I'll have a go at an answer. Backstory I began dating my boyfriend two years before he got into law school, and so I've been with him throughout the whole process (from admissions essays/interviews/LSAT to the present 3rd year of law school); we've been together for 4 years total.
He is now in his 3rd (and final) year of law school, is on law review, and has done pretty well (is in the top 5% or so of his class). His interests are in corporate finance and tax law. I'd say that other students' (such as those who have interests in litigating and who take more skills-based courses) experiences would differ depending on those students' interests.
I'm basing my response on him being in his final year. Features • What kind of person enrolls in law school and does well? Somebody who is very consistent with the follow-through. And who doesn't mind reading 3-7 hours a day about the law. While reading, it's helpful to "outline" and so outlining is included in those 3-7 hours.
My boyfriend reads religiously for every class (in case he is "cold called"), and this semester he made his own outlines for 4 core courses. In other semesters, when he hasn't made his own outlines, he has gotten away with not studying as much (more on the 3 hours/day).
Any more than 3 would be dedicated to law review editing/comments. 7 hours is for when finals is coming around. • Unless it's finals, my boyfriend studies anywhere from 3-5 hours/day.
He reads a lot. Like an insane amount a lot compared to me (my work is mostly problem sets and a little reading). He usually gets done with work before me (he stops around 6 pm and I keep going until 9 or 10). He swears it's because I don't wake up early enough, but I'm usually up at the time he is (around 7 am), and I'm working soon thereafter. I think law school allows you to spread your work out and can be low stress if you're not otherwise employed and you plan your time well.
His experience has been for the most part low stress. My educational plan contrasts here because of the set-up of the courses and, in some part, due to the differences in material. • Personal life is fun...we're very verbal people (like double entendres, plays on words, that kind of thing).
So we oftentimes go back and forth with that kind of stuff at a quick pace. We were doing Wordmasters analogy practice for fun once and I requested we stop because he's way better at vocabulary than me. I couldn't do the analogies because I didn't know the definition of the word!
Oops. • I've met law students who fell on the not-so-playful end of the verbal spectrum...liked to debate and that stuff. I took them up on it since it doesn't bother me to verbally spar, but that's just not how my relationship is at all. • Also, being the loved one of a lawyer (or soon-to-be lawyer in my case) means you can crack jokes like this: From Modern Family : Hey, dad, did you accidentally leave this hilarious book of lawyer jokes in the guest room?
: I'll tell you if you can answer the following question: What's the difference between a catfish and a lawyer? : I don't know. What? : Well, one's a bottom-feeding mud dweller. The other's a fish. Source:
1. When you fight, you will never win. Give up arguing with a law student because he or she will not back down (arguing is practically their job). They will challenge you until they are blue in the face…even if you are obviously correct.
Thus, be emotionally ready because they will find some defamation of your character or numerous evidentiary examples of why they are clearly winning the argument. In the end just accept the fact—they are always right. 2. They will dictate all preferred times and methods of communication. If you can’t be flexible on how you keep in contact with your significant other in law school then quit while you’re ahead. You need to know that you will not stay awake until the wee hours of the night talking about your dreams and goals until one of you falls asleep.
If you’re lucky, 10 minutes on the phone with your sweetie is like Christmas morning (it only happens once a year). The most revered communication in law school is the occasional text or G-chat. In between hours on their computer, Facebook is still their chosen form of procrastination. So download FB messenger and get used to using it. Oh, and here’s a line you need to be familiar with: “Don’t call me, I’ll call you.” 3.
Resentment is a cruel, cruel reality. DO NOT tell your significant other who hasn’t left their seat in the library in 4 hours to even take a pee break that you had a glorious nap or that you had time to log a solid two hours at the gym. This will not go over well. Their three hours of reading has now turned into five and the fact that you get to watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey will be a source of bitterness to your weary scholar. So be prepared for him or her to take their frustrations out on you.
Try not to take it too personally. 4. When they are with you, they are thinking about law school. Dating someone in law school is like dating a crack addict looking for their next fix.
They have the constant itch to think about what their professor thought of their answer in class, what chapter they need to read, or what paper they need to finish.
Trying to spend a “normal” day with your significant other, with mundane activities such as going to the movies, going for a hike, or laying around and shooting the shit is NOT possible. It’s not that you aren’t entertaining or important—it’s just the harsh reality that law school will always win over a date with you.
You are not their number one priority, you probably rank somewhere just under sleep. Ouch. 5. Sleep is better than sex. Yes, that is unfortunately correct. Your law school boo will crave sleep. They are deprived of it so often that the bags under their eyes become permanent. So when they do have a free moment to catch some ZZZ’s, getting a hard-on isn’t their number one priority.
If you have an insatiable sexual appetite, run from someone in law school…or invest in a vibrator. 6. They say shit you wouldn’t believe. If you didn’t get the inference already—law students can’t help but be a little selfish. I get that, they earned it. They worked their asses off in undergrad, studied countless hours for the LSATs and now they are basically living at school.
But let’s be honest, sometimes they say things that make you think they have lost all humanity. When I was studying for my MCATs, my 2-L boyfriend told me, “I don’t have the faculty to be over emotionally invested in your MCATs.” My only response was, “Who the fuck uses the word faculty?” A nice “good luck on your test” text would have sufficed. 7. It’s not you, it’s them. Law students are busy people who need to focus on two things: school & themselves.
They tend to constantly be “unavailable” and “overwhelmed.” This is a brutal reality you can either accept or refute. Bottom line is unless you have the time, the patience, and/or the compassion of a saint, dating a law student will either end in a viciously disastrous fashion or you’ll be married in no time, because if you can withstand three years of law school, you can handle anything. Creativity can strike at any moment — make sure you’re prepared for it. To help you do that, we created a functional backpack with the everyday artist in mind.
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