Let me just say this now: it is exactly like they show on t.v.
I know Shark Week is over, but apparently no one told the law students. Every time a bleach-blonde Louis Vuitton-carrying stiletto-wearing gum-chewing overachiever raises her hand, I see fins and teeth. Apparently they have psyched us out so much for law school that there's no reason for the professors to send out the bait. We tear each other apart!
Yesterday was my first "Torts" class. The professor walked in and started grilling people. It was apparent pretty quickly that no one was going to wait to get called on. They practically swam out of their seats to get at him!
Today was my first "Legal Research and Writing" course. At 9 a.m. we started. At 9:01 the first question was thrown out: "Miss R., define the term 'law' for me." (Miss R. was me...) Hey, at least I answered and didn't drown.
Things I overheard today from other law students:
* "Can you believe that guy is in law school. I mean, he's like THIRTY!"
* "She looks like Maggie Gyllenhaal. I wonder if she knows that!" (This was whispered about me. I think they're all afraid of me because they've all figured out I have a PhD.)
* "Like, I have had to turn down three dates already today from guys because I am a law student now."
* "My Mom/Dad/Aunt/Uncle/Brother/Dog is a lawyer, so I will be okay." Keep telling yourself that one buddy :)
Here's the crazy thing. I love it! I love it in a way I never once felt during my MFA or PhD. I like the reading. I like getting called on. I like what we're learning. I'm just going to lay low for now, circle the school, and wait for the perfect moment. I always did like seafood.