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16 reasons why law students are better than everyone else

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Deal with it

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1. You understand the world so (so, so) much better than everyone else

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Having made it to three out of four 9am lectures this week, you are now basically an oracle. Studied land law? You can now sort out your friend’s landlord/tenant dispute for them. Friend’s just been kicked out of a club? You’ll make sure to play the Equality Act card and get them back in.

2. Who cares if you’re years away from qualifying — you’re practically already a lawyer

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Solicitors Regulation Authority who? While everyone else pitter patters away with their essays and dissertations, you’re already out on the forefront of legal practice. With cuts to legal aid, your time in the uni pro bono clinic is nothing short of a crucial service to humanity.

3. Fancy events with (not Sainsbury’s basics) wine are the norm

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Law balls, networking events, career talks, Inns of Court dinners, the list goes on. The collective effect of such exposure makes lawyers-to-be far more sophisticated than your average student.

4. Your lecturers are famous

Baroness Hale, the Beyonce of the legal world

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Law students are taught by the biggest of the BNOCs. Forget sitting in an office working on lame academic research — your lecturers are out giving evidence in parliament or plotting Supreme Court careers like the one of former academic Lady Hale.

5. Legal work experience is the best

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No, you’re not filing away papers at your dad’s best friend’s brother’s office, you’re doing proper work experience — legal work experience. Have any of your non-lawyer friends ever met a murderer? Didn’t think so. And is it difficult to work with these people? Well yes, but its just all the more evidence of your impeccably multi-layered, compassionate, professional, kind-hearted character.

6. You’re a one-man warrior of social justice

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Law is a worthy profession to get into. Your friends and family um and ahh as you tell them about your plans to single-handedly rectify every single miscarriage of justice there’s ever been. Don’t worry: the Noble Peace Prize is on its way.

7. A law degree is practically two degrees

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Modus operandi, inter alia, prima facie, ratio decidendi, mens rea — you’re learning so much Latin you might as well be doing a joint honours.

8. You’re balling

Well, maybe not yet. But chances are you’ll bag a magic circle TC and will be living the Suits lifestyle in no time.

9. Even if you decide not to become a lawyer, you’re made

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Employers love law students — so if you decide the lawyer-life isn’t for you, then there are still options out there. Become a journalist like Afua Hirsch. Become the President of America like Barack Obama. Become Derren Brown. The world is your oyster.

10. Law school has made you a super student

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Complain though you will, you’ve acquired some pretty useful skills during your time at university. You’ll never yawn inappropriately again because, after studying contract law, you are totally immune to boredom. You can read the Financial Times from cover to cover in less than five minutes. You can highlight at a rate of 15 words per second. The list goes on.

11. The law is constantly evolving

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Sorry geographers — once an oxbow lake is an oxbow lake, it’s not going to change. And, history students, we can exclusively confirm that the roaring twenties are well and truly over. Law is different (and better): it’s important, it’s topical, and it’s constantly changing, and that makes it exciting.

12. In your spare time, you like to bring massive legal actions — and win

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Need a break from staring at paper in between Twitter scrolls? Just sue Facebook, like Austrian law student Max Schrems (pictured above) — no biggie.

13. You get your own library (even if it’s full of arts students)

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If it says ‘law’ on the front, it’s yours and no one else’s.

14. Dressing up is seen as an acceptable hobby

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If you’re lucky enough to don a wig and robes at a mooting competition or some other event, you truly feel as if you’ve made it in life. You’ve now got a taste for it and feel in much better stead at fancy dress parties.

15. You can outsmart your politics student friends

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In the desperate, pre-interview strive for commercial awareness, you like to keep up to date with the news — and are now a total political affairs know-it-all. You follow The Independent on Twitter, and once read Private Eye in the hairdressers. You even stayed up all night eating ice cream and watching the election results, and now feel your chances of becoming Prime Minister have at least doubled.

16. You get free stuff

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Being given free stuff is definitive proof that you are better than everyone else. If you weren’t, then why else would you have a Slaughter and May pen, stored safely in your Burges Salmon tote bag, next to you South Square Chambers headphones, DLA Piper phone charger, and Hogan Lovells travel mug? Logic people.

27 Comments

Anonymous

Nothing worth plagiarising in The Tab today then?

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Anonymous

Yup, bouncers are well known to be sympathetic to people arguing the Equalities Act.

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Anonymous

It’s “Equality Act”. Singular.

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Smith

Honestly GCSE students could provide this quality of journalism..

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Obi-Wan Bantsobi

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Kuzka's Mother

Generous use of the word ‘journalism’ to describe something that’s basically ripped off of Buzzfeed.

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The Ahmd Emara Fanclub

Wait, what, no story about the self-proclaimed BNOC Ahmd today? What’s going on Katie, is everything ok?

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Anonymous

This isn’t even like, funny-arrogant.

Just unfunny boorishness.

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Boh Dear

It’s posts like this which make government think they can cut legal aid with impunity and why everyone else hates us.

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Not Amused

Agreed.

It is also why we should make learning basic law compulsory in schools and demand higher legal literacy from our media. The idea that ‘law’ and ‘lawyers’ live in a condescending bubble of special privilege is highly corrosive to our society and causes lawyers to exist in a ghettoised state.

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chancerypupil

Indeed. Oh, and:

17. You know that you can write as many click-bait articles of tenuous quality as you like and people will still come and read them just to slag them (and Katie) off- however an annoyed reader is still a reader which equals adverti$ing revenue.

Well done Katie- you sure know how the business works.

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Anonymous

I have had a longstanding belief that it needs to be PRESTIGIOUS to seek to be/be legally literate. From Joe public to the Professions MP’s, Media Folks, Journalists, Nurses, Doctors the sky is your Limit.
We need to make the public radically dissatisfied with the legal deal they are getting.

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Boh Dear

I wholly agree with that NA. Basic law should be part of the curriculum.

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Anonymous

Literally.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Couldn’t handle the Briana comments, could you LC.

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Anonymous

In reference to the geography section of the article, our climate and landscape is constantly evolving mainly due to climate change, yet you state that studying geography would render the degree irrelevant. Would it be fair to argue your content in the same light?

Also for reference studying law is also studying history and how the law has evolved in line with present day, rendering your argument moot.

This article is a contradiction to the whole legal proffession and portrays lawyers in a negative light albeit something we are use to.

In future think about your content and the detriment it can have on influential young minds who could be reading this in hopes of becoming a lawyer.

You have glamourised the profession when the harsh reality is that even to obtain a below minimal wage assistants job is increasingly difficult.

Never mind the crippling debt that follows. I use to enjoy these articles however the journalism is increasingly deteriorating.

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Anonymous

Bravo

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Anonymous

“young minds who could be reading this in hopes of becoming a lawyer”

Lol.

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Anonymous

Calm down, this is just a light-hearted article. If you’re used to being “portrayed in a negative light”, then why are you complaining?

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Anonymous

Christ. I bet you’re that person that claps when an aeroplane lands.

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Anonymous

Vinson & Elkins lawyers are no doubt living dat Suits lyfe. #100clubwatch

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Anonymous

Ah so many knobs coming on here and having a go at the person who put this article together. Good article – and keep them coming.

However, Baroness Hale, the Beyonce of the legal world never ever lectured me. But I have met her.

Lovin’ It.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

I find this article and others like it a complete change to reading the text within books and cases I quiet often use this as a rest break when studying keep them coming it is well worth the few minutes it takes to read. Yes a law degree is like a multiple degree learning past, Latin and the ever changing law but I love it. Yes we get a bad reputation but so do many jobs and looking at the very very extremes of the scale can help to put things in perspective.

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Fed up

Quiet – all those books you’ve been reading are not helping one single bit lol

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