So, word on the virtual street is that Kim Kardashian wants to go to law school. Yeah… Let’s talk about that. First off, she hasn’t gone to undergrad. I don’t think she realizes that. Second, I really doubt Mrs. West understands just how difficult, life altering and intense law school is. I began law school as a naïve but determined 23 year old freshly out of undergrad and ready to fight all the injustices in the world. I worked hard in undergrad and didn’t think law school would be much more difficult than my honors classes. I was so very, very wrong.
Law school is like a full time job but on steroids, because you NEVER get time off. A typical day would include getting up at around 6, studying for an hour (you can never stop reviewing and memorizing) and then heading off to class around 7 for clinic days or 8 for regular days. I would be in class until maybe 2 or 3 in the afternoon. After that, I’d go home, study through lunch and then start my outlining for the day. Outlining consisted of listening to the lectures again and putting everything in a format that I could study from. That would take numerous hours to say the least. I would generally get done by 7 or 8. After a quick dinner and maybe a TV show with my husband, I’d do another 3 hours of review that evening. I would try to go to bed by 11 or 12. The next day would be a repeat. During my weekends, I read and briefed for the following week. So, yeah, no time off!
After you finish three years of this, you are rewarded with the Bar exam. When I studied for the Bar-a three month process-I left my house maybe two times to go grocery shopping. Your entire reality becomes warped, and you emerge at the end of July four shades paler and not remembering what it’s like to sleep through the night!
If law school and the Bar are so miserable, you may be wondering why we do it. We do it, because we have an innate and ceaseless urge to help people and to advocate for those who have been harmed or wronged. Without the rigorous schooling and examination process, how could we be trusted when people are literally putting their lives in our hands?
So, Mrs. West, if you are serious about being an advocate, take caution; it’s not for the faint of heart. If you are serious, you might want to see if you can get through undergrad first.