I’m not even in law school yet, and I already know - by benefit of being in a relationship with a law student, and a frequent reader of law school student Twitter streams and blawgs - to expect something of a bitch fest once my law school journey starts this fall.
Please believe me when I say I mean no disrespect to those who frequently air their grievances. As someone who came from a profession that spawned AngryJournalist.com, I understand the need to vent and write strongly-worded, unpunctuated, all-caps forum posts/emails/tweets. But save for Twitter and personal blogs, I could not for the life of me find one law-related website that served as a forum to collect all said grievances into one place for my general amusement.
That is, until I remembered Facebook groups.
In the world of Facebook, as in the world of law school, law students nationwide have formed themselves into communities by drawing on their shared experiences of acquiring nervous ticks, learning from sometimes ineffective instructors, navigating through trial-by-fire, and turning into alcoholics.
The result is a collection of groups whose titles and descriptions alone paint vivid, sometimes-amusing, occasionally scary, pictures of the law school experience.
Description: Describe your classes in poetic form! Reconnect with your creative side! Share your feelings for law school in a total of 17 syllables! Example: Marbury and Graves, Spend days in the library —, What sense of humor?
Description: “C'mon, you know you're tired. You know you'd like to curl up on the couch, throw a blanket over yourself and fall asleep. So give in!”
Description: “A healthy outlet for your angst against law school. In the tradition of ‘getting it off your chest’, please pen your grievances, plaints, and pleadings addressed to law school, appellate briefs, the reasonably prudent person, etc. Example: Dear Law School, is it too much to ask that an alcohol stipend be included directly in the Stafford loan? Sincerely, Jane. Please note that any attacks on specific individuals or groups will not be tolerated. “
Description: “This is a support group for students who have seriously considered throwing down their highlighters and running screaming from the building at least ten times in the past day (or hour, if you're me). If you've been feeling this way, but yet still keep coming back for more, please join. Invite your friends. And together, BY GOD, we will persevere.”
Description: “Quit your bitching and see below.”
Description: “You consider dropping out of law school approximately every hour, but after that first semester you realized you were already in too much debt to be anything other than a lawyer. … You can name without hesitation at least three people who make you want to throw things when you see them raise their hands in class."