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Five reasons why law students are obsessed with Love Island

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ITV2’s hit show provides a sweet escape from the stresses and strains of law school, says aspiring lawyer Christianah Babajide

If you’re a law student, you watch Love Island because you have nothing better to do. If you’re a graduate — of any age — you watch it to take yourself back to those carefree days of lounging around at lunchtime and falling for classmates. If you currently live under a rock and can’t seem to grasp how the show’s previous series have drawn students, graduates and even lawyers to participate on screen, this article is for you. I’ve fleshed out five reasons why I think law students are so obsessed with the ITV2 series.

1. It’s every law student’s dream life

Let’s face it, the life of a Love Island star is one that most stressed-out law students dream of — it’s no wonder they reportedly received double the applications than Cambridge and Oxford combined! Who wouldn’t love being wined and dined by fellow islanders, lazing around the villa pool, topping up your tan? It’s a far cry from contract-law induced sobs and eight-hour library sessions.

2. Sweet escape

With all the palavers of Brexit and Trump’s theatrics, law students are left drained (physically and mentally) by the state of our deteriorating economy. Love Island offers a sweet escape — not just from the pool of training contract rejections but from the exhausting pressure and harsh reality of the law. Besides, there’s just something about tuning into all that petty drama after a long day of learning TOLATA that is oddly relaxing. Watching the painfully cringe-worthy scenes and absurd drama unravelling on screen really makes you feel like you have your life together.

3. They give us something to talk about

There’s nothing law students love talking about more than how other people should live their lives — since we have zero control over our own (graduate recruiters are the gatekeepers to our lawyer dreams). Law students can often be found discussing the latest drama-filled episode during a lecture or bonding at a networking event over their hatred of a particular contestant. It beats discussing land law!

4. Requires zero brain power

After a long day of back-to-back lectures, you can come home, plop yourself on the couch, flip on the TV and unwind to episodes of Love Island. Many law students love the reality show due to the minuscule amount of thinking they have to do whilst watching. Unlike most aspects of law, there’s no need to focus all your attention on what is happening on the show — there isn’t really a plotline.

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The good thing is you can tune in right in the middle of a heated argument or meltdown, which typically occurs every 10 minutes. Love Island isn’t like the US drama Suits where if you look down to open a Snapchat for five seconds you might as well rewind the whole episode.

5. FOMO

Fear of missing out: the sometimes-all-consuming feeling you’re missing out on something perpetuated by looking at other people’s social media posts. It stems from an addiction to connectivity and the fear that other people are experiencing great things whilst you are not; in this case, Love Island. No one is afraid of missing out more than law students. We like to be in the know and involved, especially if more than half of the British public is watching it.

Ultimately, Love Island is a great break from your own reality. When you feel like things aren’t going too well for you, reality TV reminds you that there’s always someone with drama even more jaw-dropping than your own. So, next time you throw a fit over receiving a training contract-rejection email or you haven’t done too well on your law exam, evaluate yourself. Because, clearly, there are more important things in life. Besides if law doesn’t work out, there’s always Love Island 2019…

Christianah Babajide is a student at City Law School.

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41 Comments

Anonymous

What a trashy article.

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Anonymous

Bit harsh but I forgot this is legal cheek 😂

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Anonymous

It’s a trashy site 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Anonymous

It’s a trashy programme!

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Anonymous

Your mum is trashy

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@eaglehobo

Don’t listen to her

I liked it

-EH

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Mr Charles

This could apply to every class of person, no relevance to the law or law students. Bad article, get off the band-wagon.

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How might that

This is such a load of rubbish – if you’ve got enough free time to write articles during your law degree why not write about something worthwhile?

If a prospective employer were to ever do a basic background search online and saw this what do you think their reaction would be? Hilarious.

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Anonymous

shut up and lighten up. I doubt the writer would get prosecuted by grad recruitment for writing an article on a contemporary programme.

You need to get out more hun x

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How might that

Yeah maybe you’re right… the people at the types of firms you’re interested in might be more attuned to this level of utter shite

Cheers for opening my eyes hun x

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Anonymous

Loool I like this, it’s creative & relevant

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Christianah

Thanks Mum!

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Colonel Sanders

Sigh

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Anonymous

“Five reasons why *Legal Cheek* is obsessed with Love Island”

Fixed that for you.

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Anonymous

Thanks Hun!

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Anonymous

I can’t believe this is what you guys class as trash when there are articles of law balloons… balloons 🙃🙃 I mean

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Anonymous

With all of the socio-legal and politico-legal issues to write about, this represents the best you could come up with?

Why not write about that women equal 60 percent or so of the law students and they attain around 65 percent of the first and second class degrees. Why are men doing so poorly? Will the industry become female dominated?

Or you could review the discrimination act and explain why racism and sexism is a two way street. That black people can be racist and males can be discriminated against.

Or you could report on the current bptc success and failures, which show wealth, not race or gender, dictates whether you succeed.

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Anonymous

You seem like a lot of fun!

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Anonymous

Your comment is more revealing about your own concerns and biases than anything else – if you’re so keen for an article on why anti-male discrimination, why not write one yourself and submit it?

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Anonymous

Thank you!! People will criticise others for doing nothing whilst simultaneously doing nothing LOL

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Anonymous

I was only offering suggestions. The world is changing, and no one seems to want to talk about it.

I do not think it is a bad thing that women make up 60 percent or so, bit within 5-10 years once women move from dominating the low to middle end legal jobs and into the top jobs, we will have a situation where men make up only 35-40 percent of workers. This would be an issue? Surely?

When I was an llb student 14 people graduated with firsts and out of those 10 were women. Women are better educated and more willing to put in the hard work. Why? I don’t know. Just looking around you class room next time you are in a lecture or tutorial, count how many women and men there are? Ask them what grades they got?

Is society becoming anti white male? May be, or is it that men feel as if they don’t have to work hard anymore?

Regardless, this is an interesting discussion.

When I was in college 2 black students were suspended for being racist towards a white female traveler student. Yet when I was at university, it almost seemed as if only white people could be racist. Any help or support offered to those who face racism was all aimed at black people. White, Asian, Indians, anyone besides black people were all excluded.

Again this might say more about universitits than wider society but you have to admit it is interesting.

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Anonymous

Whilst you’re wasting your time trollng legal cheek comments, you could’ve submitted an article on this same pressing matter(s) you are complaining about. Do better sis.

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Anonymous

“Is society becoming anti white male?”

To quote The Wolf of Wall Street – “absolutely f***ing not”. Go back to InfoWars.

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JD Partner

I’d love to go to universitits

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A recruiter committed to gender diversity

As a recruiter I welcome the increase in women in the law profession. Many candidates I deal with recognise the increased competition and are willing to go the “extra mile” and anything it takes to get a placing.

I note that many female candidates are open to non traditional approaches when demonstrating their “oral skills” enthusiasm and their ability to swallow it up and maintain discretion. I value such competencies to test a candidates resilience and their commitment to client privilege -of course.

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Anonymous

What’s the relevance of this comment

Anyone?

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Anonymous

Thinly veiled willy sucking joke.

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Anonymous

Hilarious.

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Anonymous

Best comment in days! Never stop being you lmao.

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JD Partner

We’re recruiting.

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Anonymous

Here for the comments (grabs popcorn)

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Anonymous

Always

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Anonymous

Ultra

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Anonymous

The legacy of Katie King lives on

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Anonymous

Seems that way huh

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Anonymous

I’m not sure how much the contrived circus of LI is reflective of any iteration of reality at Law School at all, but each to their own!

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Anonymous

Some of you guys need to wake up & smell the coffee – the reality is a lot of students are tuned into LI at the moment, lesbehonest!

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Anonymous

Legal practice / methodology is the near antithesis of Love Island – poor article.

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Anonymous

If you say so 😂😂

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Anonymous

Anon 11.04, if you think there are any real similarities you’re in for a fun time when you get into practice…

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Anonymous

I came all the way back here to let you know that I still think your article is utter shite

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