AnonymousLawStudent

The half-truths, omissions, and outright lies about floating through law school.

Wednesday 03/02/05

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

"Why bother with indigent services if you don't like it?"

Why bother with anything? To get one more step on the ladder towards something or other. Climb the tree faster than the other monkeys trying to get a banana. It's nothing new really.

You take advanced classes in high school and do extra-curricular activities that you could not care about in the least. Then you play some stupid sport with a psycho coach and sweat away your afternoons instead of enjoying the best years of your life. Then you plop down a grand a half to take some ridiculous test, ALL in order to get into a school that a third-rate weekly news magazine has appointed as one of the elite institutions in the nation.

Then you go there and you realize that to actually do anything worthwhile with yourself you can't just get by, you need to do "well" since the name on the diploma alone won't impress anyone despite being really really really fucking expensive. So you once again burn the midnight oil taking classes that are of little interest to anyone but might give you the "skill set" and/or "tool box" and/or "insert buzzword here" to become a consultant/banker/trader/financial asshole since they are the only ones paying anything remotely close to a living wage straight out of school. Of course by the time you are ready to graduate the market has crashed and Phi Beta Kappa econ/math double majors are ready to blow fat old men just for a second round interview: so it's on to law school.

Being at your super-duper university doesn't mean shit because the law schools have to impress the above-mentioned third-rate piece of shit weekly news magazine that absolutely no one reads except for its academic rankings. So you have to spend a shitload more time and money getting ready for yet another ridiculous test that will determine 80% of your admissions chances.

You do well and now get to go to a super-duper law school. 99% employment rate and all of that. But to go to a firm that won't make you clean roaches in the basement of the storage room during your lunch hour, you once again need to do well. All of this among a field of classmates with an average 99% LSAT. So you have to do "well" in classes but the curve is set up in such a way that the mean predominates.

So to differentiate yourself you need to get on a journal so you do that and you write some stupid crap and spend enough time at the library that the legal "scholarship" has burned its intiials into your brain. But this is it, right?

Not so fast, my friend! You also need to "clerk" for a judge for fucking peanuts so you can show your employer that you are smart and a go-getter and know how the legal system and courts works. Apparently three fucking years of law school is not enough. But to get there you have to develop some relationships with professors and find yet more ridiculous extra curricular activities.

So I have just described eleven years, eleven stony grey steps toward the grave, you know, the box. Which is waiting, extra-curricular activities, interesting resume or not.

I sincerely hope that this answers your question.

6 Comments:

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... and, God bless it, your firm is suspicious of your 'commitment to your career.'

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Anonymous Devil said...

You're a man after my own (tiny, bitter, prestige-whoring) heart. Feel free to check out my similar rantings.

http://descenttohell.blogspot.com

 
At 1:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other words, you're wasting your life. Bravo.

 
At 1:52 AM, Blogger Lonnie Vasconcellos said...

You hardly need an Ivy League pedigree to get a big lawfirm job. It is certainly easier coming from Columbia, say, than Cardozo, but not by much when you consider that it's probably harder to maintain the requisite B+ at CU than to get into the top fifth at a less prestigious joint.

Anyway, you are surely exaggerating. If not, please don't jump off any buildings.

 
At 4:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was there an A3 reference in there?

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger ALS said...

"You're a man after my own (tiny, bitter, prestige-whoring) heart. Feel free to check out my similar rantings."

Not bad. Needs more prestigre-whoring.

"In other words, you're wasting your life. Bravo."

Unless you are a Zen monk who has stumbled upon enlightnment or are running a strip club, you are wasting yours too.

". It is certainly easier coming from Columbia, say, than Cardozo, but not by much when you consider that it's probably harder to maintain the requisite B+ at CU than to get into the top fifth at a less prestigious joint."

Maintaing a B+ at a top 5 school is a question of being physically present by certain deadlines and keeping a pulse. Getting in the top 1/5 at the tier 3 school is akin to trying to win first in a Special Olympics race. Which one is harder? You decide.

"Was there an A3 reference in there?"

There sure was.

"And after three days of drinking with Larry Love, I jus' get an inkling to go on home. So I'm walking down Coldharbour Lane, head hung low, three or four in the morning, the sun’s coming up and the birds are out singing..."

 

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