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August 23, 2005

WonL: What exactly is “success” in law school?

After recently participating in a “Law School Survival Skills” panel, WonL reflected on her first year and what makes it so hard for many students. Summary: It's hard.

Law school is another world, one in which hard work does not always pay off. That can be a really hard thing to accept. You can put in hours upon hours of work or preparation and not make that skills board or not do well on an exam. You sit there, stunned...so sure that you had nailed it this time. Then, you begin to question things and the worst part is just not understanding what went wrong. I am not even sure there is an explanation most of the time. You wonder if it's even worth putting forth the effort anymore. But then, you turn around, start the cycle over again and just keep on trucking. That's why you are in law school in the first place, your ability to keep on trucking. Everyone talks about “succeeding in law school”. Perhaps success is just getting through it.

This may not be true for everyone, but for a lot of law students, WonL might have hit the nail on the head—success is just getting to the finish line. The post also ends on an up note that's worth checking out. Thanks for the candid reflections, WonL.

Posted by mowabb at August 23, 2005 08:15 AM

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