It's almost a month since I entered law school. I can say that I am still in my adjustment stage.. Life as a law student is really hard. I spend more time studying than the actual classroom hours. I have practically given up my weekends where i used go out and party hard. I have to develop a strict regimen of balancing my time and resources to ba able to survive day after day. I have to read 100 sometimes up to 300 pages of law books a day, excluding digesting piles of cases. It is not easy, believe me. We are 30 in class and 1 month later only 25 of us left. They say, the class is lucky if a dozen of us survives when we reach fourth year.
I remember though a very inspiring lecture given to us by our professor in Legal Profession. He says that to be able to succeed in the practice of law, 3 important basic things should be kept in mind:
Read: Since laws are written, there is no other way but to read the laws, or else you can't give advise. You wouldn't be able to know the facts. So, read effectively, don't take shortcuts. Second,
Understand: It is not enough that you just read and memorize the provisions in the book, you must have a grasp of it. You must be able to apply its rationale and logic to given situations. As Confucius say: "xxx What you see, you forget. What you hear, you remember; but what you do, you understand." I guess it only means you really have to feel it, breath it, and be it to really understand. And lastly,
Express: You must develop competency in oral and written communication because they are what lawyers do. They speak and write on behalf of their clients - they have to represent.
I guess with this things in mind, I'd be able to discover the formula of getting into the rhythm of it.