The first thing I tell students, and the piece of information they most often remember, is something that took me nearly my entire first year of law school to figure out: Law students lie. I do not mean that all law students are duplicitous, manipulative individuals. Not at all. Law students lie about things that only law students care about, like how many pages their outlines are, when they started outlining, and how far ahead they are in their readings for class. These may sound like dumb things to lie about but, as I am sure we all recall only too well, when 1Ls are knee-deep in first- year stress, such things become vitally important to them. Because of this, it is important to remind our students that law students lie so that they do not make themselves crazy worrying about how behind they are in comparison to their classmates.
Stange, Meredith A.G., "Law Students Lie and Other Practical Information for First-Year Students" (2012). College of Law Faculty Publications. 16.
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