Is Law School Really Like the Hunger Games?

By: Professor Heather Gram (Wake Forest Law)

I recently heard a 1L say that she expected her first year of law school to be something akin to The Hunger Games, a brutal “fight to the death” contest depicted in the wildly popular book trilogy by Suzanne Collins. While law school is a competitive environment filled with diverse and talented people, it does not have to be such an overtly negative experience. In law school orientations across the country, incoming law students too often receive the message that they must “survive” law school. But I tell my students the opposite: that it is possible (and preferable) to thrive in law school, not merely survive.  If you are going to devote three years of your life (and perhaps a significant amount of money) to law school, why not make it the most positive and productive experience possible? Here are some tips on how to make that happen: Continue reading “Is Law School Really Like the Hunger Games?”

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Finding Purpose in Every Day: Part Three of a Student-Authored Series

By: Cassidy Webb (WFU Law ’20)

1L Cassidy Webb

When I decided to attend law school, I never expected to find purpose in every single day. I knew with confidence that there was great purpose in my long-term goal: to provide valuable legal services to those who otherwise could not have access to it. But I never anticipated loving (or at least tolerating) reading the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, feeling such pride when editing my brief for the twentieth time, or forming close relationships with classmates from incredibly different backgrounds than my own. Yet every time I learned a different duty of care in Torts or finally “perfected” my Contracts outline, I was reminded how much I love this experience. Even during the most mundane parts of law school, I have constantly been encouraged to persevere.

Three main aspects of my 1L experience have cultivated my continual feeling of purpose: the passion of my classmates, the inspiration of guest speakers, and my repeated exposure to pro bono service. Continue reading “Finding Purpose in Every Day: Part Three of a Student-Authored Series”

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