Southampton law student turns on his own and slams arrogant wannabe lawyers

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By Katie King on

Fellow lawbies make him want to strangle himself with a barrister’s wig


Sometimes life as a law student just becomes a bit too much, and the only way to vent your stress is by having a good old fashioned rant — about your fellow law students.

Harry Majin — University of Southampton law student — did just that, unleashing his anger in student newspaper The Tab.

And he didn’t hold back.

While Majin admits that he has met “some lovely people” while studying law, he was at pains to point out that there are some “pretty terrible qualities” exhibited by law students — some that he admits to displaying as well.

Majin highlights a ton of law student stereotypes — law students are arrogant, career-hungry, pompous — and that’s just for starters. But according to Majin, these undesirable stereotypes aren’t just stereotypes, they’re actually true — and living and working among these personalities isn’t easy. The final year student is so troubled by the behaviour of his colleagues that it makes him want to strangle himself with a barrister’s wig.

Some of his more tenacious swipes include calling law students “the worst people on campus”, and knocking them for their unwelcome “self-righteousness” and “arrogance”.

One particular point of contention is the survival of the fittest mentality instilled in the law student psyche. Majin is quick to point out that “law is the most dog-eat-dog degree imaginable”, given the fierce competition for top training contracts and pupillages. It’s an unfortunate trend, but one that’s been well documented in law student circles, so it looks like the Hunger Games mentality is here to stay.

Moving away from their manic career drive, Majin goes on to slam aspiring lawyers for their “martyr attitude”, “self-assuredness”, and for thinking they’re “invincible” just because they know a few basic legal principles.

But for all their faults (of which there are plenty), the former barista ends his rant on a positive note. Next time you meet a law student, he says, “take a bit of pity on us, and you might realise we’re not all terrible.”