As mentioned in a previous article, a law school gunner is a law student who sits in front of the class, raises his hand all the time, and goes out of his way to get good grades at the expense of bonding. social. It is true that law school grades are very important for law students as these grades are perhaps the most important factor in determining where a law student will work after graduation. Grades aren’t everything, however, and being a law school gunner can hurt your future professional ambitions.
Perhaps the main reason you shouldn’t be a law school gunner is that people generally don’t like law school gunners. Gunners are usually on the periphery of social circles in law schools, either because they don’t have time to interact with other people or because they are not appreciated by their classmates. This can make law school an even worse experience than it already is, as friendships made in law school are one of the best things that come out of three years of legal study.
Either way, social connections with fellow law school students might be more important in the long run than the marks a shooter gets in law school. Sure, law school grades have a major impact on a graduate’s first job after law school, but legal careers often span decades and lawyers typically change jobs several times over the course of the year. of their career. Later in your career, people care less about your results in law school and more about the social connections you may have forged in the legal profession, starting with law school.
For example, many lawyers in law firms will need to expand their business in order to become a partnership. The ability to develop a business is usually unrelated to law school grades, although some people may be impressed with law school degrees. On the contrary, business development tends to focus on the social bonds that lawyers establish during their careers, including in law school. For example, I regularly receive referrals and other advice that has enriched my career from people with whom I studied law. If I stayed away from law school and forged less social connections, it might have been more difficult for me to develop business in other law firms and after starting my own practice. Law students should definitely consider the long game when making decisions about how they should act in law school.
Additionally, some faculty may dislike Law School Gunners, which may impact your chances of receiving referrals or other bonding benefits. Of course, some law professors like Gunners because they’re more likely to have brown noses and be ready for class. However, gunners can sometimes be boring for teachers. This is because gunners are generally more likely to harass professors after class to ask them questions that have been covered by a lecture. Additionally, Gunners are probably more likely to challenge grades and approach professors if they didn’t receive a grade in the class they didn’t think they deserved. Bonds with law school professors are only important for certain career opportunities, but it’s still essential not to piss off professors, and gunners might be more likely to annoy professors.
Being a gunner in a law school can also alienate classmates when group participation is required for lessons. Many courses require students to work together and complete group projects. Students are often rated collectively on their efforts on such projects. It makes sense for law schools to use this approach, as lawyers typically have to work with other lawyers to complete real-world projects. If a Gunner is alienated from his classmates because of his notes and other antics, it can make it more difficult to complete group projects for the class.
Additionally, students are generally best served when they cooperate informally to achieve success in the classroom. Indeed, many law students form study groups in order to fully digest the course material, and this phenomenon was famously portrayed in the film. “The paper hunt“ and his television series. This is because individuals have different views on classroom material, and it can be helpful to share these comments with a group. In addition, study groups can divide the task of describing the topic among themselves, and these outlines can help students prepare for final exams. While some study groups may accommodate gunners since they may be academically successful, other study groups may not wish to invite a gunner who has alienated their classmates. This could have a negative impact on the shooters ability to succeed in law school.
Overall, people should avoid being gunners in law schools as they can be unpleasant to be around and can contribute to the negative social environment that exists in many law schools. However, there are also a number of practical reasons why individuals should not act like traditional gunners, as this can make it more difficult to achieve academic and professional goals.
Jordan Rothman is a partner of Rothman Law Firm, a full-service New York and New Jersey law firm. He is also the founder of Student Debt Journals, a website explaining how he paid off his student loans. You can reach Jordan by email at [email protected]