A s a sixth form student choosing to do a law degree, I wish I'd have been better informed about what it's really like to be a law student. I was young, naive and full of false expectations. I hope that these ten things will be useful to those considering a law degree and that current law students can relate to them. Law is a well respected degree but its graduate prospects are not as good as universities like to make out. Law firms and chambers have been reducing the number of training contracts and pupillages, with some firms cancelling their next trainee intake. Furthermore, a law degree does not guarantee riches.
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Last Updated: September 14, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Clinton M. Sandvick, JD, PhD. Clinton M. Sandvick worked as a civil litigator in California for over 7 years. There are 47 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Ten things I wish I'd known before becoming a law student
Lawyers are paid to write. That takes you out of amateur status. We write a lot. I remember when I began working at a law firm that I was surprised at how much writing there was. The law is complicated, and writing about complex topics with a lot at stake is demanding work.
Movies have distorted reality a bit when it comes to legal drama. I mean, who didn't want to become a lawyer after seeing Elle Woods absolutely slay her trial speech to prove the defendant innocent while showing up her ex in the process? Practicing law IRL is much less juicy and much more nuanced and first-year law students would never be allowed to question a witness on the stand. Some lawyers may never see the inside of a courtroom, first of all, and discerning what kind of law suits you is a more complex process.