Notes on dating a law student

The most revered form of contact in the law school is usually Facebook chat, because, yes, in-between those hours of computer study there are even more hours of procrastination via Facebook. Don’t even think about summer love – when holidays loom so does summer semester and clerkship season. Despite all our foibles, a relationship with a law student doesn’t have to be terrible, and there are magical success stories which illustrate how truly wonderful a law romance can be.

Law students are engaging, determined and extremely passionate about their topics of interest, so if you meet the right baby lawyer and don’t mind their legal ramblings there is no doubt they can make a great partner and a true friend.

Outlines allow you to copy other people’s work so you don’t have to do it yourself. You don’t want to spend 3 months drinking gin and juice and then go on a tequila bender right before exams. Also, for what it’s worth, 1L year is possibly the WORST POSSIBLE TIME to go on the wagon. Get your rehab in over the summer; 1L year is not the time to change your entire self-medication regime. The professor will have to tell you that you are wrong or ask for more information.Students, feel free to send a link to this post to your loved ones (or print this page and mail it to those less tech-savvy loved ones). Legalese will find its way into your dinner conversations. If you really want to bone up on the subject, by all means – but it’s certainly not required. It reminds us that there’s still a whole other world outside law school, and that can be incredibly refreshing. Voice your needs when appropriate – and, if possible, not during final exams time. Much more could be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. During final exam season, you may want to find yourself a hobby. You may feel helpless to comfort them – but actually, it’s quite the opposite.Your law student has other law students to talk about that stuff with, anyway. When the law student in your life says she’s busy, over and over again…she probably is. You may hear from your law student less around this time of year. You have the power to ground your law student in reality, and remind them of the bigger picture. Your law student can face very serious, even career-threatening consequences for giving legal advice, and she knows it.Recently, I wondered: if I could have given my loved ones a little pamphlet called “Knowing Your Law Student” before I began my 1L year, what would it have said? At some point, your law student will enthusiastically tell you about something interesting she’s learned. Law school is remarkably good at putting a bubble around students that convinces them that everyone understand what they’re talking about. There may be a drop in your law student’s ability to tend to the non-law school parts of his life. Should any conflict arise during this time, address it in a calm manner at an appropriate time. It may not be The Paper Chase, but it’s not Sesame Street, either.The following aspires to be just such a primer, for anyone who has a law student in their life who they love enough to understand better. You may not be able to watch “Law and Order” or “My Cousin Vinnie” again without your law student pointing out the inaccuracies, almost as a reflex. If you aren’t clear on what she’s talking about, just ask – she won’t mind. As much as they enjoy talking about all things legal, law students love talking about everything else, too. During final exams, your law student may feel he’s under a lot of pressure. Quite likely, your law student wants to leave that experience behind – what’s done is done, and it’s time to celebrate (and/or sleep). Your law student may feel disillusioned about something that sounds trivial to you.

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