Issue 12, Semester 1
By Ted Worland
1. What marks your friends are getting.
While there are a lot of things about studying law that can make you feel pitted against your classmates (the bell curve certainly doesn't help!), at the end of the day the only marks you can control are your own.
2. Mistakes you made on the exam you just finished.
There's nothing you can do about that crucial case you forgot to cite after you’ve left the REB. That's energy is better spent thinking about things that you can control.
3. That there is no such thing as love that is wholly unconditional, and so we are all ultimately accountable for whether and to what extent we are loved.
4. How much everyone else seems to be studying.
A frank conversation with a close friend about revision habits can help ensure you're on the right track, but there is a definitely a tendency at law school to exaggerate the number of hours we keep our noses to the grindstone. We all like to think we're shouldering back-breaking burdens, but it's important not to get sucked in by the big talk!
5. Your job prospects after graduation.
While the recent glut of legal graduates has resulted in one of the tightest job markets in living memory, it’s important not to let that distract you from what you need to do today. Problems you can do nothing about right now always seem insurmountable. Just trust you'll be ready to deal with whatever obstacles come your way when the time comes.
Ted Worland is a four time veteran of exam periods