Recently, I wondered: if I could have given my loved ones a little pamphlet called “Knowing Your Law Student” before I began my 1L year, what would it have said? At some point, your law student will enthusiastically tell you about something interesting she’s learned. Law school is remarkably good at putting a bubble around students that convinces them that everyone understand what they’re talking about. There may be a drop in your law student’s ability to tend to the non-law school parts of his life. Should any conflict arise during this time, address it in a calm manner at an appropriate time. It may not be The Paper Chase, but it’s not Sesame Street, either.
The following aspires to be just such a primer, for anyone who has a law student in their life who they love enough to understand better. You may not be able to watch “Law and Order” or “My Cousin Vinnie” again without your law student pointing out the inaccuracies, almost as a reflex. If you aren’t clear on what she’s talking about, just ask – she won’t mind. As much as they enjoy talking about all things legal, law students love talking about everything else, too. During final exams, your law student may feel he’s under a lot of pressure. Quite likely, your law student wants to leave that experience behind – what’s done is done, and it’s time to celebrate (and/or sleep). Your law student may feel disillusioned about something that sounds trivial to you.
Or when your significant other’s eyes glazed over when you discussed the fascinating world of the non-delegation doctrine.
Or when that family member *shudder* asked you for legal advice.
There’s no doubt in my mind that law school is hard on relationships.
Enter the lives of law students.” –Love Uncensored.
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I’ve managed to tank two perfectly good relationships myself by paying more attention to law school than my then-girlfriend.
In the interest of trying to help others avoid the folly of hope triumphing over experience, here are some of my thoughts on dating during law school. Basically, the most fundamental observation about dating in law school is this: Don’t. And since you’re a law student, that means you’re probably going to anyway.