September 14, 2010
Over the past two or three weeks, we received an increasing number of calls from law students, which is as good an indication as the calendar that law school classes are back in session. Each year in late August, I find myself thinking back to the start of my first semester of law school and remembering the strange combination of fear, excitement, uncertainty, and both confidence and lack of confidence (somehow this is possible) I felt. I can hear indications of many of these same feelings in the voices of the students with whom I speak.
For those students, and for everyone else reading this, I’d like to offer a link to an essay that provided some much-needed comic relief for my classmates and me during my first semester of law school. The article was written in 1991, so some of the references (e.g., the discussion of LSAT scoring) are a little dated, but it is still good for several laughs. The article, written by James D. Gordon III and entitled “How Not to Succeed in Law School,” can be found at 100 YLJ 1679. It’s a cynically humorous take on the entire law school process, from taking the LSAT and choosing a school to graduation.
If you’d like to read more humorous law review articles, check the KeyCite Citing References for the aforementioned essay. One of the Citing References, “A Compendium of Clever and Amusing Law Review Writings,” true to its title, links to several clever and amusing articles.