Being a law student has its advantages, but there are some things are just plain annoying. Here are our top 5 bad things about being a law student.
1. So much reading, seriously so much…!
It’s basically never ending. You think you’ve done it, that’s it, no more for the day and then you realise there’s still more to do.
Every subject will require you to read particular texts to prepare for your lectures and seminars. You may need to do some reading afterwards too. The ability to spend hours reading, digesting and understanding the content will start to come naturally to you, if it doesn’t already, when you are a law student.
Warning: if you think the reading list at the beginning of the term is a shocker, wait ’til you get closer to Christmas…and you actually think about studying on Christmas day.
2. Organisation skills
To succeed you have to have the best organisation skills known to man. You want to be able to study for lectures and seminars, etc but you also want to socialise and do extracurricular like the debate team and mooting etc.
In addition, you need to make sure you’re managing your finances and your general living arrangements like housemates and landlords relationships. How to fit it all in? The answer is that you just have to make the time to fit it all in. You end up prioritising and if you’re serious about law school and a legal career then you often just end up sacrificing your social life for the law school.
You need to manage yourself and your work to within an inch of its life! Get the colour coded spread sheets and timetables out guys, because you will need to understand what you’re doing with all your time to organise it all properly and then you can try and retain some sort of life.
Being law student is not a part-time commitment, or just 9-5. You will find yourself working all kinds of hours to make sure you get everything done on time. You can’t always plan out your Monday to Friday to a ‘T’, you’ll need to flexible, crazy organised and willing to sacrifice to be super successful.
3. Social drama
There are hundreds of people on your course and thousands at the university. You will be going out and socialising a plenty, which will be filled with drink and partying and a dash of drama. Who snogged your best friend’s boyfriend, which of those three birds are the fittest, who saw that guy first and so on. Then after all the drama, you all end up going home together and often in the same halls of residence! Close living arrangements, can be difficult. You need to remember, look after yourself and your mates when you are out. Try your best to stay out of dodgy situations and try to keep your friends i.e. don’t pick idiots over your mates. It’s your mates that will be there for you in the end. Not that snog or one night stand. Try to be good on social media, it’s often posts and pictures that can get you into social nightmare situation and worse it could have long term effects on your legal career if a potential employer finds the feed!
4. Money worries
You never have any money. This is a bad thing about being a law student. Between books and housing you’re broke. You will, however, find yourself still being able to socialise as a broke person as all your mates are broke too (or at least they’re supposed to be). But if you like a bit of shopping then you’ll have to rethink that as you won’t be able to shop at your usual shops and Primark will be your best friend (as if it wasn’t already!).
5. People ask you for legal advice
This will happen so much. People just assume that as you’re studying law you can give legal advice. You’ll find yourself providing advice that is text book which is all you can do unless you’ve had practical experience. Either way, do your best to never give advice, as you’re not qualified or insured. Giving formal legal advice or allowing / leading anyone (whether it be family or friends) to rely on the advice given by you may cause problems for you. As a law student you have a responsibility to act appropriately and not cause the public to doubt the legal profession. So just tell people to back off and send them to the citizens advice bureau for further advice or signposting.
BONUS – one last bad thing about being a law student…
…there’s always one, or even two, jammy sods who manage to pass with flying colours without really breaking a sweat, or at least it seems like that on lookers!