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Elle Woods’ first day of law school was slightly less than ideal. Kicked out of class on day one? Talk about a rough start. I was honestly terrified about my first day of law school. Would I forget to read a case and be the first one called on? Would I need to know Gordon v. Steele, too? Would I be the laughing stock of the 1L class?
For all of you aspiring future 1L’s here’s what my first day of law school was like, in comparison to Elle Woods’. I hope it helps ease your fears, and lets you know that you can do it!
Elle and I both had Civil Procedure first, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end.
Unlike Elle, I was prepared for class with all of my materials, and not just a pretty notebook, to make sure we didn’t meet the same fate.
I’m sure you remember the terrifying moment when Professor Stromwell calls on Elle first to answer a question about diversity jurisdiction in the case of Gordon v. Steele. Well, my first day was much less dramatic. My first professor of the day was super friendly. The professor opened the class up with an encouraging devotion to ease our 1L fears. I would say that is much different from how Elle’s class opened. No one in any of my first day classes was kicked out for not knowing an answer, in fact, most of my professors lectured for the entirety of the first two days.
Professor Stromwell also opened the class by emphasizing that the seat they picked would be theirs for the next 9 months and that those “in the front row, beware.” None of my professors opened class with quite the same warning. They all seemed excited to teach 1Ls the foundations of law, and help us on our way.
“Would you be willing to stake your life on it? His life?”
Okay so there were also no professors who asked us to stake our lives on an answer. They all understood that we know pretty much nothing about the law, and took our answers as such. Thank goodness there were no Vivian Kensington’s who approved of a student being dismissed because they didn’t read or know the answer to a question. In fact, not a single professor asked if we had read the material, but simply trusted we were all competent adults who had done their work. My school has a sense of comraderie among the 1L class, so I doubt anyone would recommend a fellow 1L be kicked out.
To top it all off, I didn’t meet the love of my life during my first day. Luckily for me, I’ve already met mine. However, I did meet some awesome people who were friendly, open, supportive, and helpful. We all bonded over the massive workload, difficulty of the classes, and what the semester has in store.
So, if you’re a future 1L, don’t be scared. Don’t think that you’ll meet the same fate as Elle, or that you will melt under the pressure. If you do your work and come eager to learn the law, you will be just fine.
“I chose to go to law school because I thought that someday, somehow I’d make a difference.” Christopher Darden