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Andrew Flusche

This is a very interesting take on cramming. I think you've hit on something that is really true for the legal profession (at least the little I know about it). It is always said that law school teaches you how to think, so perhaps it also teaches you to prepare for work events (depositions, motions, hearings, etc). Quite fascinating.

max

Seems most things in law school are about training you in practice; it just happens to be the kind of practice most people don't imagine. Personally, as a second-year student, I've come to see everything they do in law school as a form of training. Not education, really, but training. Take the competition. It starts first year, and by the second, people are wondering why they bend over backwards for a 40-page note for the Law Review that probably won't get published: correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this what Senior Associates tell Junior Associates and judges tell clerks to do all the time?

My friend the doctor told me once about the reason for working residents so many hours straight: the object is to acclimate the future doctor to being able to wake up quickly from very little sleep and function at a professional mental level. When you're a surgeon on call and someone calls in the middle of the night asking if they should perform that emergency life-or-death procedure, he/she's got to be able to respond competently. You ask me, law school's the same. All that reading is mainly to train us to read a lot, not to train us to absorb every iota of information. And the pressure and competition is to train us to deal with pressure and competition, not because it's all that important. We're just a bunch of rats in a maze, fighting for one piece of cheese...

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