Wednesday, August 10, 2005

More 1L advice

How do you make a smart, talented person believe that they are in fact deficient, flawed, useless, and unworthy? Send them to law school.

The main mechanism of this is the continuous waiting game, played out repeatedly. LSAT scores segue into admissions, and then there's waiting for first semester 1L grades which are equivalent to your destiny. Then you see if any of the employers whom you dutifully applied to on heavy bond paper which did not arrive in their office before December 1st actually think those grades are worthy (while having panic attacks all along that your envelope in fact arrived on December 2nd, automatically disqualifying you from consideration).

Spring OCI follows, and you get to interview with a couple employers that have already prerejected you, but their recruiters do like a nice break from the office. There are always other jobs listed at the career service office, but every single job which will consider a 1L for the summer will require classes that it was impossible for you to have taken 1L year.

Spring grades are another round of anxiety. More credit hours on the roster now, so either you've got the outside hope of having past sins forgiven, or all your luck will go down the drain and it certainly must have been luck fall term based on what you see in the end of June.

Summer multi-journal write-on is the Tour de France of Law school stress inducement. With an exam, you get evaluated within about 6 weeks. With the write-on, you work for two weeks and turn in your product in late May, and get accepted or rejected only after about three months' time.

Let's be honest about Law Review here - the folks who say that it isn't that big a deal are the people who already have grades in the top 10-15%. Traditionally Law Review at most schools was based purely on grades, though they aren't necessarily the best proxy for excellent work on a journal. Some schools have gone to a system where some slots are purely on grades with a few slots determined by a combination og grades and write-on. What UT does is look at the write-on for all, considering grade and the write-on for most, with a fixed number of slots reserved for the write-on only. This is absolutely pernicious. Why? Because it lets me get my hopes up so they can be dashed.

According to the esteemed Mr. Andvodka, Texas Law Review is calling accepted students Wednesday. I don't know if that means today or tonight. I haven't gotten the call so far, so I have entrusted all the steak knives to the care of my neighbor.

The really sadistic part is that you don't get your license until you have survived the worst delayed agony, the bar exam.