September 25, 2013
It feels like just yesterday I was a first semester law student. I remember hearing that if you learn anything in law school, it should be how to manage your time wisely. Fast forward two years, and I have still yet to acquire those good time management skills. And why would I? Perhaps the single greatest thing about law school is that you are not required to do any work for at least the first 2-3 months of every semester. Of course, there’s the whole attending class and doing the required readings part. But beyond that, your free time during school is just that: free time.
In my opinion, too many law students take this for granted. It’s like they aren’t aware that this is most likely their last opportunity to be a student ever. Rather than soak it all in and enjoy what’s left of the ride, they’re dying to get out into the “real world” and start earning money. Don’t get me wrong, I like getting paid a lot. But would I give it all up to be a student forever? Absolutely, if I could find a way to go to school for free.
To all my classmates that are in a rush to get out the door—this applies to 2Ls and 3Ls alike—I urge you to stop and smell the roses this year. You have your whole life to work 60+ hour weeks: why rush? Spend some time getting to know your classmates and professors. Get involved with a student group. Go to a bar review as a 3L, for crying out loud. Because in another year, you’re going to wish you had.