The 3 Hardest Days of Law School


Thinking of becoming a lawyer? Law school isn’t all fancy briefcases and fun courtroom drama. It’s filled with nail-biting moments that can turn even the toughest law student into a bundle of nerves. Let me tell you about three of the most heart-pounding days in law school: the dreaded first cold call, taking the bar exam, and the agonizing wait for results.

The First Time You Get Cold Called:

Picture this: you’re sitting in class, nervously flipping through your notes… and then you hear your name called. Law schools love to use the Socratic method to keep students on their toes and sharpen their critical thinking skills. When you are cold-called, you’ll find yourself standing in front of the class, with the professor firing rapid-fire questions at you about cases studies or hypothetical legal examples. It’s like being in the middle of a interrogation! Cue the rapid heartbeat and sweaty palms— it’s a real test of your legal prowess.   

Taking the Bar Exam

The bar exam is a comprehensive and rigorous examination that aspiring lawyers must pass in order to obtain a license to practice law. It is known for being a highly demanding and stressful process for several reasons. First, the sheer volume of material to study is overwhelming. The exam covers a wide range of legal subjects, and candidates are required to have a deep understanding of the law in order to succeed. Second, the exam itself is challenging and intense, spanning multiple days and consisting of various sections, including multiple-choice questions and essay writing.

Waiting on Results

The only thing more stressful than taking the bar exam is waiting to hear if you passed it.  After investing an immense amount of time, effort, and energy into preparing for the exam, you are left in a state of uncertainty during the waiting period.  The anticipation and anxiety surrounding the outcome can be overwhelming. Every passing day feels like an eternity, and you constantly question their performance and analyze every answer they provided. The waiting period often triggers self-doubt and a fear of failure, especially considering the high stakes involved. The results of the bar exam also shape your legal career and future opportunities, adding additional pressure and intensity to the wait.  When that letter finally arrives, you will always remember exactly where you were when you opened it. 

In short, becoming a lawyer is an adventure filled with challenges, sacrifices, and moments of immense stress. However, despite the difficulties, if you are passionate about it, the pursuit of a legal career is a rewarding and fulfilling path!

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