The Difference between 1L and 2L

So as I close in on the end of my second year of law school I thought I’d list some of the big differences between your first year and second year of law school. Suffice to say, it’s a completely different world. The long and short of it, you’ll be spending less time on cases but just as much time working on other things.

  • Law Review/Journals/Moot/Mock Trial, etc.

All these activities pile up. Law review and journals can take 10+ hours a week. Plus if you’re on any competition teams your weekends will be non-existent. Be sure to plan accordingly.

  • Internships/Externships/Clinics

These can quickly take up your week-days but are hugely valuable. There’s no better way to gain experience. Expect them to easily take 10-20 hours a week.

  • Classes

Although you still have classes the cold-calling experience is drastically reduced. True, there are still some downright evil professors that are brutal with cold-calling. However, most of my professors my 2L year really cut back on the cold-calling or were much more lenient about it.

  • You’re faster.

After having spent a year in law school you can get through cases so much faster. The classwork really takes a lot less time, which is a great advantage since you’ll be needing to spend time on lots of other things your 2L and 3L year.

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One Response to The Difference between 1L and 2L

  1. As a 1L, thanks for sharing! It’s nice to know that my classwork will probably take a lot less than time than it does now!
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