The Law School Bubble
Attending law school is an exercise in resource management. All time is spent getting the best grades possible, networking with anyone who might employ you in the future, and trying to land that high quality internship. The rest of the world exists outside that dome of legal training. Downtime is enjoyed with classmates going to different eating and drinking establishments, or the beach. Often the conversation moves towards law school regardless of the effort to avoid that very conversation. Law school itself has a powerful gravity that pulls the students into it. All other things exist outside the bubble. For three years, law school consumes your time, money and effort. It is a bubble you live in with all other things floating outside waiting for the day you walk out of the bar exam, smiling.
The Grading Curve
The primary goal for the three-year effort is to place as high as possible on the grading curve. The grading for law school is a normal distribution with a specific standard deviation. Points are earned in each class and a curve laid over the set of numeric results to determine a letter grade. Many courses have no points given during the year with the entire grade hinging on the final exam. Depending on the effort of the class itself, an 'A' could be earned with 70% of the points, or a 'C' earned with 92% of the points. It is disheartening to walk into class the first day and see other members of the Law Review staff or dean's list or dean's scholars looking up to see who the competition consist of. GPA determines class rank. A favorable class rank gets interviews.
The summer of 2015 was spent earing seven law credits at the University of Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France. While studying international contracts, freedom of religion, and European Union law, I explored a wonderful city, and several surrounding countries, and made many new friends.
Law Review and Moot Court are two very prestigious clubs in law school that help develop specific skills used in the legal field. Law review is a team of high performing law students that assist professionals in editing publishable scholarly work. Moot Court is a competition between schools in appellate advocacy.