Saturday, September 09, 2006

Don't be the douchebag

For any prospective 1Ls, here is a list of things not to do to avoid the ire of your fellow 1Ls.

-Do NOT carry a rollie. I know your books are heavy, but rollies are a disaster. Don't get me wrong...in theory rollies are great, but you are not at an airport. Rollies make noise, and rolling down the long tile corridors of UCLAW, it's just clack...clack...clack. And, rows in classrooms are really narrow, and to get to your seat with your rollie irks your neighbors. Plus, you just look stupid. Go to the gym, build up those back and shoulder muscles, and sport your 30lb backpack with pride.

-Do NOT be a gunner. Honestly, no one cares about what you have to say. Your classmates don't. And the professor surely does not either. Just sit around and listen and only talk when you are called on. PERIOD. If you think you're so brilliant and need to let your brilliant thoughts be known, wait until after class or go to his office hours to impress the professor with your brilliance. Your classmates will simply think you are a douchebag.

-Make sure you are prepared for class. Enough said.

-But at the same time, make your classmates think that you just looked over the readings or say that the readings were really difficult. You do not want to foster competition and saying that you've done all the readings a week ahead will simply make people feel insecure and foster competition.

-Do not try and pad your resume. There are people who are joining various clubs and journals and running for office because they want to pad their resumes (they freely admit to it). But employers honestly don't care that you are a member of the Entertainment Law Society or the Animal Law Society. They care that you got an A in class.

-Do try to have some semblance of a life outside of law school. Getting to law school at 8AM and not leaving until 11:30PM when the library closes is not what you want to be doing. If you are doing law school this way, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. Go to the gym, cook, play soccer, dance, or whatever you normally do. It makes law school a lot less stressful.

1 Comments:

Blogger Buffalodawg said...

You speak the truth, brother 1L. I can't stand the rolling backpacks and the gunners who tote them.

10:46 AM  

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