Law school, the mere mention of it can make people imagine all kinds of things. Trust me, most of the things which people believe about law schools are nonsensical, and media reinforce people’s imaginations.
We have got to stop it and find out what transpires in and around law schools.
There are many—many—stereotypes about law schools, many of which make no sense at all. I have decided to enumerate a few of them so that you pull yourself out of the company of ignorance, in case you are already there in it.
Read on to find out five myths about law schools which should be discarded as soon as you hear them.
- Reading and Reading
I remember a friend of mine who does not have a legal background ask me whether law schools are just about thick books and endless readings.
See, any education you choose would require reading and books, and it is up to you how much you want to read. It is stretched out to say that law students end up spending years among books and have no life outside of them.
You should know that law is a creative field and you would not be able to perform well here unless you can put your theoretical knowledge into practical use. So, law students engage in other activities, which admittedly require reading, but have practicality in the real world such as moot courts and debates.
- Only For Those Who are Smart and Rich
I admit that law schools may cause you to spend a lot, but this does not mean that only rich people make it to law schools. Many countries have their universities, especially the most reputed ones, conduct entrance examinations fees of which are not usually very high. The results obtained are assessed and merit-based selections are made.
Yes, it is hard for people from relatively less resourceful background to meet the admission requirements, but many universities offer concessions in the form of fee deduction and scholarships.
So, law schools may cause you to imagine people in fancy black suits and with expensive cars, but this does not mean that they were rich when they started. If you have merit, you will make it regardless of your background.
- As ‘Cool’ as What We See On TV
I have lost count of the number of times people have come to me and remarked that my life must be that of Harvey Specter’s or that my every day is an episode from Boston Legal.
Believe me, real life is very different from what we see on television. There is a lot of pressure and work which you do see on or feel through television. What you see there is just an exaggerated and polished version of life, which is not necessarily the case when you get down to reality.
You can be as smart as Harvey, I won’t deny that, but you won’t necessarily get the fancy and ‘cool’ vibe which attracts millions of people into watching Suits.
- Factories Mass-producing Argumentative People
I do not understand why people consider law graduates or those studying law as people who are peevishly argumentative and arrogant. Law schools have been established to ensure that students have everything which is required in the legal field, and that includes the knack for good arguments.
I won’t say that every one out of a law school argues perfectly, but they do generally have a quality to argue. This does not mean that they argue all the time, or have the tendency to never listen to anyone. Law schools are not aimed at developing such people; they are aimed at developing intellectuals who see the world from varying perspectives and are able to interpret them appropriately. Many people confuse this with argumentativeness.
- Law Schools Make Liars
It is funny when someone tells me that they think that all lawyers are liars. Law schools are not there to make you a fabulous liar and give a degree as an acknowledgment. Law students are taught to be witty and able to exploit whatever openings they might get while dealing with a case. Sometimes, they might resort to lying. But, don’t we all lie?
We do not need law schools to become liars. I fail to understand how being trained to craftily argue and logically appreciate a case make anyone a liar.
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