by Sam Mann
I heard a lot of the so-called horror stories about law school. I won’t bore you with the details because you may be hearing similar things, but the basic gist of it is that you won’t have time to do anything fun, your life will be engulfed by the law and everyone around you will be hyper-competitive. While I can’t speak for everyone, that is certainly not the experience I have had thus far at William & Mary. In fact, I’ve had a really good time.
Obviously law school is demanding; I’m not going to tell you it’s not. But at the same time, it’s a lot of fun. I was skeptical at first too, trust me. I even joked with my college friends that this past summer was my “Farewell to Fun” tour, but that has not been my experience
First and foremost, there are good people here. It’s been easy to meet people and everyone is very friendly, from the faculty and staff to the 2L’s and 3L’s. There is always an element of competition in law school, and as we get closer to finals everyone is very serious about their work, but it’s still as friendly and laid-back an atmosphere as it has been all year. None of those horror stories seem to apply here. I have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t offered to help or support in some way.
Everyone here realizes that there is life outside of law school too, and they encourage you to get out and do things. A lot of the student-run organizations put on parties and events. My favorite one was the law school softball tournament, held on a Saturday afternoon. The winning team every year advances to a tournament at the University of Virginia to compete against dozens of other law schools. I’ve also played on several intramural sports teams, both against undergrads and fellow law students.
We also had a semi-formal, a Halloween party, a William & Mary day at Busch Gardens, and a 1L mixer during the first week of school. One of my professors even sponsored a de-stress day a few weeks ago with free massages all day and healthy snacks in the lobby. Though it may be hard to believe, there is always something going on that has little or anything to do with Torts or Civil Procedure. As engaging as the coursework is, and it really is, you’ll appreciate the little breaks from the books.
While “fun” may not be the first word you think of when you think of law school, let me tell you that you will enjoy your experience at William and Mary both inside the classroom and outside it. (Maybe a little more outside than inside, but don’t tell the professors I said that.)
Hope to see you here next year, and if you like softball let me know.