The First Day of Class When Even Your Own Name Scares You
It is only my second semester of my 1L year and already I feel like I have learned so much. This accelerated learning happened the very first day of law school and in the very first class, but not in the way you might expect.
Now of course you learn about the law but there were some unexpected lessons that first day as well. First, the oddest thing happens, your own name becomes the most terrifying combination of words that could come out of someone's mouth. The good news is you get over that. You get to know your professors, what they are asking and even at points really look forward to it. However, the first time it happens...well, you'll never forget it.
What you don't realize in that harrowing moment is that the second lesson has already begun. You see, after being called on, a law student quickly learns to never give more information than is asked for. It's when you try to spout off all the information and legal conclusions you think you've come to in your novice brilliance that things will start getting hairy.
(And just because I like you, I'll give you lesson 3: say "I don't know" if you truly don't. Promise, it will always turn out better that way).
Ok, but back to the second one...a law student learns to answer the question that is asked and stick to the point. If the professor wants more information, they will ask.
So, since this is the very first time we are talking, I'm going to keep it sweet and to the point just like the first day.
My name is Jacklyn Johnston, I am a 1L here at UC Law and I couldn't be happier.
Yes, law school is everything they say. It is crazy, and it's hard and there will be nights when you wonder what the heck you have gotten yourself into, but if it is what you want to do...go for it! My path to law school was different than most but I am so glad I decided to pursue and go after what I really wanted.
There is so much more to talk about but what you need to know now is that one of the reasons I am so excited to be a part of the UC Law blog is because from the time I was thinking about law school, so many people were there to share their stories and give their advice. Now that I'm in law school, those same people are there to encourage me, make me laugh and help me along the way and I want to pay it forward.
My hope is that this will be a forum where if you're thinking about law school you can ask questions. If you're in law school you will be able to laugh at all the stories and experiences we share. And more than that, my hope is that this will be a community and a place to share ideas no matter what you do or where you are in your legal career, a student, a professor, professional or someone who is just curious about what this is all about.
And on that note, I'm going to go finish preparing for Civil Procedure tomorrow so I won't have to relive that fear of my name being called.