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Let me get straight to the point: 2Ls are the worst thing about law school. Even worse than 1Ls. Hear me out.
Entering law school brings with it a significant amount of literature regarding how to survive, what to do, what to expect, and how to ace your oh-so important exams. There are even quirky, and (for some unexplainable reason) timeless sayings. Most notable is “First year, they scare you to death; second year they work you to death; and third year, they bore you to death.”
The people that continue to say that aren’t wrong. What they failed to warn you about while they were spouting hot air is that sitting through a class with 2Ls will make you want to violate your professor’s attendance policy and risk a lower grade. As a former 2L, I know all about this. There is something about the confidence that accompanies finishing 1L relatively unscathed, especially if you have a coveted job offer. I get that, and I definitely chimed in more when I was that position. This, however, is subject to abuse. Unfortunately, most abusers were also heavy talkers during 1L who are now unnecessarily bolstered by the aforementioned reasons.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. This cynical, angry-about-life and the looming bar exam 3L and needs to shut up and appreciate the talkative 2Ls that take the heat off 3Ls in class. First, life is pretty good knowing you only have mere months between you, readings, and 2Ls. Second, while the bar exam and the requisite preparation will suck ass, at least I will study within the confines of my apartment-a 2L-free zone.
The following are just a few examples of Shit 2Ls Say™. This list is obviously not exhaustive, and fellow law students and alums might’ve heard a few of these examples before. If you hear a student say something similar to any of these, run out of class as soon as it’s over and avoid him or her at all costs. Do not feel pressured to engage in conversation; it will just make you regret attending law school. If you are a 2L reading this, don’t be offended. Just take the appropriate measures to ensure you do not say things like this. You’ll thank me later!
Without further ado:
– Starting any sentence with, “Insofar…”
– Following up every class contribution with “well, hypothetically…,” in a voice that slowly raises higher in pitch as this person knows they’re word-vomiting complete bullshit, but they refuse to stop talking.
– Raising their hand to volunteer crucial information, only to retreat when actually called upon and opening with, “Well, I really only know the ULTRA BASIC facts about this case…”
(WHO SAYS ULTRA BASIC?!??!)
– “Well, you already answered my question, but I just want to comment on something.”
-Finding a way to slide this little number into any discussion or when called on in class: “Well, at my internship this past summer I worked on a really interesting project…”
Here are some tips for survival:
(1) Take a sedative before every class.
(2) Complain to your professor.
(3) Avoid classes that 2Ls feel they must take before they graduate, like Federal Courts, Corporations, or Evidence. (Lol we both know you will take at least two of these classes).
(4) Raise your hand and talk instead! (fun fact: this will require you to read before class).