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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