Law School Horror Stories

– You can swim in my tears, that’s how much I cried in law school. (quirky music) – So I went into law school
doe-eyed, ready to work hard, but not really understanding
what I was getting into. – I feel like I blocked a lot of it out. Law school is traumatizing. – Basically, you’re
with the same 80 people for all of your classes the
entire first year of law school. You would end class and stand outside and just like talk to each
other about law school. – Little groups, you
huddle in little groups about how much you hate law school, and then shuffle over
to the library together. – Yeah, together. Like, alright, I guess I’ll study now. – Like little flamingos. – So cold-calling is
basically, you’re in class and then the professor calls on people. So he might say Tina, “What
was the courts rationale?” and like, “Well what did
the dissenting opinion say?” And not only question, so
you know if your professor called on you, you’re
going to be cold-called for the entire case. So you better know it inside and out. Make inferences about it. Like have an informed,
critical opinion of the case. And he might leave you for
a little bit and come back and be like, “Tina, what
happen in Paul’s graph?” – Right, and you think you’re safe, for that moment that he leaves. You’re like, I got this, I slay, queen. You walk away thinking your Beyonce and then come back and
get hit in the face again with questions that you can’t answer cause you have no idea what’s going on. – So this class, he did
a little differently. He would right a letter on the board. And so you would walk
in, look at the board, and it’s like, “Oh yes, the letter is “S”, my last name starts with a “C””. I’m safe for today. You knew right at the
get-go if you weren’t going to be on-call so
you could kind of relax. But if your letter was on the
board you’re just like scared. I had never missed a class,
people don’t miss class in law school also, by the way. Anyway, so I missed this class because I had a doctors appointment. That was the day my
letter was on the board and I had text messages
from like 10 people in class asking me where I was. So I guess my professor called
my name like three times and I wasn’t there and it
was actually so humiliating. The professor I don’t think
even remembers that probably. But every single day feel so
ashamed, embarrassed, scared. Like nothings going to
happen if you get cold-called and don’t know the answer. – It is definitely public shaming. – Yeah. – On my birthday, we took
our first criminal law exam. I slept through my class the
next day, through that morning and I missed class. So twelve o’clock rolls around, I wake up, I don’t really know how sober I am but you can’t miss class. So I throw on my girly
pink running shorts, I run from the mission district through it to the tenderloin, which is
like a 10, 15 minute run. So I’m covered in sweat, I
have Pedialyte as my breakfast, and I have my aviator sunglasses
and I stroll into class and I’m like, yes I got this. I don’t got this. So I’m in class, everybody
is already staring at me because I’m suppose to be on-call. It’s civil procedure, I have
no idea what’s going on. The professor is sitting
in front of our lecture. He turns to me and we make eye contact and for a moment in my life I’m like, this is it, this is when I go, Mom. I’m sorry, I love you, I’ve shamed you. So I felt myself about to throw up and we’re locking eyes and I
can’t feel it like a chipmunk. Just culminating in my mouth
because I’m so nervous. By this time I’m a marathon runner, I just ran to the tenderloin,
I just ran to school. So I run into the bathroom
and he didn’t even call on me. So I puke in the bathroom for no reason and I’m too ashamed to
go back into the class. So my ride or die law school homie, she luckily picks up my stuff
and just kind of walks it out and everyone just forgets
that ever happened. It was traumatizing though,
ruined that bathroom. So I was sent to Texas for Moot Court and it was the Houston competition. – Moot court is like mock trial, but it is a little different. – It’s less exciting
and theatrical, I think. – We don’t get to yell out, “I object, – Yeah, no. – “You can’t handle the truth.” One really old lawyer man comes up to us and he
was just talking to us, it was really early in the morning and he looks at me and goes, “I’m surprised they let women argue.” Silence. From our table. And we’re from San Francisco
area so we’re not use to the type of discrimination or at least, I’m not use to the type of discrimination that I would have to face in Texas. And without missing a
beat, I just looked at him and was like, “I look forward
to surprising every body.” And it was something
that I necessarily wasn’t prepared for coming into law school. I didn’t realize how
much biased and prejudice I would get from current attorneys, especially being a woman of
color, first generation law. But it was something in Texas that kind of hit me in the face. And that was my terrible experience. It just threw me for the whole competition so I did end up rolling my
eyes and saying “Mhm” a lot. I got a little feisty, I got
a little attitude over there. – Yeah, I would leave, I feel like. – We didn’t get very far. – Yeah that’s for the best probably. – Yeah. (laughing) – I’m banned from Texas. – Yeah, goodbye. I had an exam, it was my
first year of law school, my first semester, so it
was one of my first exams. I studied a lot, I felt fine. Just as I’m ready to get into the exam I go to the library to just
review things very quickly before going into the classroom. And I look over to my left
and there’s a girl in my class a smart girl, like someone
who should be feeling better than me, is
sobbing in a study room. Like crying, sobbing. That just really tore up my life. – Confession session. It wasn’t me. I walked into my civil procedure class, which is funny because I’m attorney now and I do nothing but civil procedure. But in law school it’s terrifying. I walk in, I sit down. My little sister was hyping me up all day. She was just like, you got this, you slay, walk in there like you own it. I do and then I open the
first page of my booklet, I look down and I just start balling. In the exam room, just crying. And I try to look cute because I figure if I’m going to fail, I’m
going to look fly as I fail. And I did it, mascara
was running everywhere. My cat eye was not cute like
it is, it was everywhere. Half of my eye brow wasn’t even done, I don’t even know how that happened. It was the trauma of civil procedure and so I had to work through tears. And my laptop, I was like great, now there’s water everywhere, it’s gonna explode then I’m going to burn the school down accidentally. So that is my confession
about how I cried. – So you did cry? – I cried. – It really does break you
down, like really tests you. – I don’t cry now, anymore. Except when I’m watching This is Us. – You’ll cry a lot, you
won’t recognize yourself.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. The most shocking part for me was when she said she is a woman of color. Like, where? I'm Latina and I thought she was white. Not meaning to hate, I am just surprised

  2. Today I am scheduled to sign up for law school (in South Africa, so it's all four years at one place). I have such doubts.

  3. y’all are gonna be swimming in my tears too

    if i don’t become a famous singer/actress so let’s hope I do 💛

  4. Just because one person said something sexist it doesn’t mean everyone in Texas discriminates. There are people like that in every state.

  5. I have been thinking of being a lawyer for years and I didn’t know how hard it is until I watched this video

  6. totally skipping studying for the bar exam to watch this. LOL I'm so screwed. But the civ pro story hit hard. Torts was the devil…as was Securities Regulation. so glad law school's over.

  7. Excuse me but the first year of work as a lawyer is even scarier. Law school is supposed to prepare you for "the real world"!!

  8. Look, that Civil Procedure story, I felt that! I failed that class spectacularly and have to take it again next year, so you could also swim on my tears.

  9. How to succeed in law school:
    1. Don't go right after undergrad. Work a few years in the legal field and then decide if you still really want to go. If you still go, you'll be more mature and you'll have some background knowledge from your time working in the legal field. Might give you better opportunities for jobs later on as well.
    2. Unless you want to work at a big firm in NYC, you don't need to go to a fancy school. Go to a modest state school so you don't incur six figures of debt.
    3. Just do the reading and go to class.
    4. Eat healthy and get enough sleep. Cannot stress this enough. Make the time for these two things.

    You'll be fine. Relax. It's not that bad if you just keep a level head.

  10. Just graduated from law school in May. I’m currently studying for the bar exam. Honestly these girls are VERY accurate!!!!

  11. My Civ Pro professor refused to tell us anything about the final. We we're given 3 hours. When I first looked at the instructions my heart dropped. We had 60 multiple choice questions. And 10 essay questions.

    I got a good grade, but I think it has more to do with actually finishing the final. Half did not.

  12. The Law students prayer:

    “Lord God, I am truly sorry.. I havent read a damn thing today.. please.. oh please.. call on me tomorrow.. I swear to read by then.. I promise.. amen..”

  13. Uhhhh
    No hate but Tina's shirt changes colours ALOT
    0:08 Purple shirt 0:16 Red shirt
    Wut the hell is going on pls expain someone

  14. Wait was this law high school or college??
    Were i live theres a law high school and my friend goes there i wonder if it like that for her😂

  15. I had three nightmares the night before my first law school final. In all three I had to explain to my Torts professor why I got a zero on the exam.

    Things got better (and I more than passed that exam), but law school sucked big time.

  16. “Half of my brow was undone, i don’t even know how that happened” MOOOOOOD

  17. lol I think How To Get Away With Murder takes the trophy for horrifying experiences in law like damn xD

  18. And that's when you realize how the diferent legal systems (common law and romanic-geemanic) affect the law school system bettween America and Portugal

  19. You know it's not the profession for you when you have got horror stories about it…. Just saying..😆

  20. Not what I picture when I think lawyer. I think a 50 yr old englishman w/grey hair or a 70 yr old woman who's bitter because she put her career above all other relationships. These are some gorgeous lawyers

  21. these girls sound like the cruel white kids in class who would talk a lot and disturb the flow of lectures by talking with the prof a lot but act like they didn't understand anything. but secretly knew all. me and most of the brown kids knew better and would share our notes, assignments, etc with fellow students so that we can focus on the study portion.

    also these are the whitest women of color.


  23. Law school isnt that terrifying tbh. I'm about to graduate, and i still think that med school is way more difficult

  24. On behalf of Texas I am so sorry he treated you that way! I promise people like that are rare to come by here especially in the bigger cities! Good for you for handling it so well.

  25. Law school seems super stressful in the US. On occasion it will be stressful in Australia but I know people who don't go to the classes but rather just submit the assignments and rock up to the exams which are open book anyway and end up passing.

  26. No body told me how hard law school is…I didn't even ask about it ..I just went because I qualified.. I was good the first semester ..then I almost got discontinued in the next 3 semesters…. Any how..I think law school is easy if you know what you are getting into…my advice is attend every class,study material for that class and then go have a ball..don't let work pile up..and BTW..that's life in actual legal practice, you close your eyes for 2 seconds when they are supposed to be open and you loose.

  27. Med school is even worse. People just suffer alone, and no one is willing to show their emotion, pretty much everyone is on antidepressant.

  28. It doesn't sound too humiliating. In medical school we used to have practical exams in front of the patients and if we made a mistake the examiner would throw the file on our faces and the embarrassing was we had to treat the same patient the next day

  29. ohh that's not horrors stories. those are stories of spoiled people. when I was in my law school, the largest library in my city didn't allow us to have access because we were in first year school. struggle with money and no access to have good clothes and shoes. hungry all the time)))

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