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Law school: When the honeymoon is over
Please don’t have any ideas Honeymoon here refers to the honeymoon phase we law students go through initially when we join the so called elitist law schools.
In the beginning we are baffled and in awe of every single thing about our law school be it the library or the Socratic method of teaching. We tend to exaggerate even small things about law school to our parents and friends as if this is the place everyone ought to be in.
But with time not only do we get used to it but also bored. This is evidenced by the fact that the first few days in the library were primarily occupied by the first years as if they were gonna read all the books in the library but then as the enthusiasm faded we first years started exploring the canteen and other places to hang out in the city.
You see, life in a law school is like marriage - first you are in awe of it but then as the excitement fizzles out you find every possible means to escape it.
But what makes this excitement sustain longer for the first few months is the innovative “positive interactions” which we have with our seniors, each one is unique and hilarious though most of them are harmless some get on your nerves.
This happens in spite of the strong assurance given by the VC but the best part about positive interaction is where we first years pull each other’s legs as to how well we interacted with our seniors.
Two roads diverged in the woods – one to the library and the other to the canteen, and we chose the road more travelled “to the canteen”. In a way this becomes an “easy escape” available from boring lectures and dreadful mess food. If ever there was a survey as to where students spend more time - canteen or class - I think the former would win easily.
Not only that canteen is a place where memories are made – birthday celebrations, discussion about love stories and break ups and more importantly where lecturers are “appreciated” wholeheartedly by their obedient students!
After this initial phase of awe comes the shocks and the tough part, where we are told to read hundreds of cases that have fifties of pages referring to hundreds of judgements which are a thousand years old only to conclude that they aren’t applicable to the present fact situation.
But with time we learn to navigate through this tough terrain called studies in law school. Because only if we can navigate through this tough terrain can we enjoy the other beautiful part that law school is known for!