Many people believe that once you start law school, your social life dies. A dramatic theory, but not necessarily true. I will dispel the myth – you still can and should have a social life while completing your legal education. It makes sense why this belief has developed: law school is stressful, you have to study way more than you ever have before, and your future career as an attorney is on the line. Although you will still have a social life, your life will be much different than it was before law school. A couple of things that may be different are how you spend your time and who your friends are. In order to help you through this crazy time of your life, I have answered some “questions” that you may be thinking regarding your social life in law school.
How can you make Friends in Law School?
Making friends in law school can be a little different than some may think. Some law schools are intense and are filled with cut-throat, competitive law students, so, forming genuine friendships may be difficult. However, not all law students are the same. You can make friends just like you would in the real world, find people that share similar interests or personalities with you! Most of my friendships in law school just developed over time or formed during a class or in an organization.
What are the Benefits to having Law School Friends?
There are numerous benefits to being a law student and having classmates as friends. There are many different kinds of people at your law school. Your colleagues may have had unique life experiences that you can learn from. Also, law students are the best people to help support you because they know what you are going through. Many of my law school friends are much more flexible with me and my time because they understand that we are both busy!
Do you Suggest Forming a Study Group?
Study groups with your fellow law students/friends can be a very beneficial thing for some people. Personally, I did not form or join a study group because I study better alone. However, that does not mean they are not beneficial. You should not reinvent the wheel when you enter law school, meaning you shouldn’t just change your study habits completely. So, if you used a study group or found them helpful previously, they may be helpful for you in law school.
My Friends don’t understand that I Need to Study, what should I do?
This is a very frustrating but very real dilemma for many law students. You are in law school so you need to focus on your studies and sometimes that means at the expense of your social time. However, your non-law school friends may not understand why you need to study so much or believe that you don’t have to study ALL the time. How are you supposed to tell your friends you can’t hang out with them? Well, you have to explain to them that your studies come first and law school is one of the most important things you will ever do for your career. Most of your friends will understand that law school is stressful and overwhelming. And your true friends won’t get mad that you need to focus and will support you on your journey!
How can you make Time for your non-law School Friends?
Although you want to see your friends and have fun, you do still need to study and focus on school. However, you are busy and stressed, so how are you supposed to make time for the people outside of law school? You have to find balance. You can do this by staying organized and prioritizing your to-do list. This way, you will be able to free up some time in your crazy schedule. Then, you should set aside a portion of the week that is dedicated to seeing your friends and family.
My Friend is in Law School, how can I Help Support her?
Having a law school family member or friend can be challenging. You want to see that person but you also want to encourage her and respect her time. So what do you do? The best way to support your law student is to be understanding, flexible, and patient. Law school is a very stressful time for an aspiring attorney. Sometimes, having added pressure of maintaining social relationships can really overwhelm a law student. Just knowing that you care and you are there for them will make all the difference to a law student.
Your Social Life Is Still Important!
Although your life does change when you start law school, having a social life as a law student is still very important. You still need friends, you still need time to spend time with the people who are important to you, and you still need a social life. Law school should not dictate your entire life. Your friends and family around you are going to keep moving and living because life keeps going (even during your legal education!) In the big picture, law school is only a short part of your life. So make friends, be social, and have fun!
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