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Law School Is Highly Competitive: Only The Fittest Survive

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Law school is extremely competitive. It's one of the few places where students are hesitant to help their friends for fear their friends might end up with a higher class rank at the end of the semester. Students have been known to steal books from law school libraries to prevent other students from completing assignments on time. They have also been known to unplug their phones during finals week(s)-there may be two weeks of finals-so other students cannot ask them questions about upcoming finals.

Law School Is Highly Competitive: Only The Fittest Survive

Also, students participating in study groups have been known to prepare two sets of briefs-the correct set for themselves and the incorrect set for other members of their group. On rare occasions, upper-level students have been known to give first-year students misleading information. One industrious soul even created erroneous outlines and left them scattered about the law library for others to "find." The list could go on ad infinitum.

Class standing ranks second behind getting into a particular law school, as to priority of advancement in the legal profession. If a student is not in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class, it is much more difficult to land a job with a large prestigious law firm.

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