1: YOU WILL READ A LOT!
I am not talking about school reading. When your english or history teacher gives you a book and tells you to read it. No, im talking about fat text books of more than 500 pages, cases, study guides, tutorials, the list is potentially endless. I was not aware that so much reading would be done. Prep yourself for this, and learn to SUMMARIES!! 😉
2: JOB PROSPECTS ARE BLEAK
Dont let that stop you though. There may be many law graduates without work but dont let that stop you. If law is what you really want to do, then do it. It must also be mentioned that there are other vocations you can get with a law degree not just work at a law firm. Many private firms would love to employ a law graduate simply because they know how hard you have worked (4 years or more) and you obviously have some brains. However by that i do not mean common sense, ive met many intelligent people who lack common sense!
3: PEOPLE WILL ASK YOU STUPID QUESTIONS
Like >> “so you gonna help when im in trouble?” or “this guy said this to me, what can i do?” ect… the list of potentially stupid questions i have been asked are endless. The law does not concern itself with trivialities. Second, people seem to think law students have an endless supply of legal knowledge…. which to be blunt is simply not true! Yes we have some legal knowledge, but its limited to what we have learnt in law school, in practice its different.
4: LAW SCHOOL IS EXPENSIVE
Therefore i see my degree as an investment, that if given enough time will earn me a fair return on work put in and money spent. If for some reason it does not im sure i can do something with the degree. That said, i fully intend on finding articles or pupilage. The average law student will spend in excess of R100000 getting their law degree, and thats cheap in comparison to legal degrees in the United states or the UK!
5: LAW SCHOOL IS NOT FOR LAZY PEOPLE
If you are lazy (or stupid or a combination of both) do NOT apply to law school, you will fail! i was going to go into detail here, but its not a necessity. simply ask any current law student.
6: I DONT LIKE THE NUMBER 6
so nothing under this number
7: THE LAW IS LIKE A WEB
When studying law remember that many of the legal subjects you will learn are interconnected. If after your second year you do not see the interconnectedness please see 5 above. Eg: criminal law, procedural law, law of evidence, constitutional law and admin law are all connected. The interconnectedness is important, embrace it, see the big picture.
8: CHICKS WILL DIGG YOU IF YOU ARE A LAW STUDENT
If you are a law student chicks will digg you, no explanation is necessary for this. Law students are hot, period!
THE LLB IS MINIMUM FOUR YEARS
thats long by anybodies standards. You must be prepared to sacrifice at least 5 years for studies and a further 2 for articles, unless you intend on becoming a advocate, in which case pupilage will last approx 9 to 12 months. It may take longer than you expected, but stay focused, stay committed and you will be rewarded. There will be some times when you feel its taking too long. Dont get discouraged, by the time you at the end of third year you should see the lights at the end of the tunnel.