For those who want to become lawyers, those in law school, and those practicing law, life is full of questions. The one that I speak of and have encountered many times, prior to law school, in law school, and during an externship I had this past summer, is why. Why would you want to become a lawyer? Why would you put yourself through the craziness they call law school? Why can I not sue the police officer for bruising my arm when he arrested me? Answering the multitude of questions that are fired your way can become a bit of a pain, but at the end of the day it is what lawyers do.
In law school, we are coached to ask difficult questions when reading a case or analyzing a legal issue we are presented with. Most likely, if you are like a number of individuals in my first year class, you will start to ask numerous questions about things that are not related to the law, and answering the questions of others with, the always faithful, “it depends”. The law is not all about wrong and right. To me the law is about why and why not; these are the question I ask. Although I feel like a 3 year old trying to get on someone’s last nerve at times, I have realized that my actions are more like a child trying to understand the world around him or her. Once these questions are asked, their answers will begin to provide some understanding that goes deeper than most.
Some of you, after reading up to this point, might be asking, “Why does this matter?” You have already started! The reason I have discussed all these questions is because I asked myself many questions before beginning law school and continue to ask them on a daily basis to strengthen my drive and foundation.
I will be the very first to tell you that law school is a fun experience filled with many great adventures. I will also tell you in the same breath that there is much work to be done. Regardless of whether you decide to join us here at the University of Idaho College of Law or decide to attend another law school, you will experience many hours of mind-numbing studying, and papers you cannot seem to get right! It is during these difficult times that you will need to ask yourself “why”. Why am I here? Why am I putting myself through this? Why, why, why. I asked myself these questions during my first year more than a couple times, and thankfully, I remembered some of the answers I had, since the inexperienced age of 5, that have developed over the years. This reasoning served as my foundation and motivation to finish the dreaded briefs and memos of year one.
So the moral of the story is, understand, and develop your thoughts on why you want to get your J.D. That way, when adversity hits, and I promise it will in some way, shape or form, you can persevere. Once you have conquered the mountain we call 1L year, you might find yourself writing a blog as a law school ambassador!