When I tell people I am in law school, they respond with either “I’ve seen law students, they never leave the library” to “do you ever have time to do anything but read?” People generally ask about exams, grades, and whether you read as much as they’ve heard. I laugh and answer their questions, “We probably read more,” but there’s something a lot of people don’t hear about law school and that’s the family you acquire as well.
I remember the first day of orientation. A little over 100 nervous students, of all ages and backgrounds, introducing themselves to each other. We started with the normal small talk, “What’s your name; where are you from; what university did you attend for your undergraduate degree?” There were speckles of family talk, chats of wives and husbands and children. People who brought their pets, people who were single and young, and people who were married with children; all stood together sipping on coffee and nibbling on muffins. We were all so different. Yet, we had one distinct similarity: we were all about to embark on a new, challenging, frustrating, wonderful adventure called law school.
Over the next year and a half, I began to form relationships with people. We learned to work, laugh, and sometimes cry together. We perfected our case briefing together, our study habits together, and the way we dealt with stress. There were people I formed closer relationships with, but we all seemed to be a team working together to accomplish the goal we all shared: getting through law school.
I’ve heard of schools where pages are ripped out of library books and schools where students try to sabotage other students in order to achieve a better grade. I remember being scared of coming to law school because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to trust anyone. But none of those things ever happened to me, or anyone I know. Law school is a place I feel I’ve formed a whole new family. See, law school isn’t just about exams, reading, and learning the basics of law. Law school has given me another family. As I’ve progressed further through school, I interact more with attorneys and the community around me.It turns out law school isn’t just teaching me about the law, but also about the importance of connecting with people who share the same goals as you do.
I would never have gotten this far in law school without the people I’ve met through it. I appreciate my family and friends, but I have a connection with my law school peers that is not only necessary, but unique. We are all in this crazy rollercoaster together and I wouldn’t have wished for a better group of people to go through it with.