A Day in the Life: Harvard Law School Student

A Day in the Life: Harvard Law School Student

(bright music) – Hi I’m Heather, I’m a
1L at Harvard Law School, and I also went to Harvard
College as an undergrad. (chill music) So today’s a little bit different, I usually have class at
8:20 but today I have a little bit of time before torts at 9:50. Usually I’ll get up a little early, review my readings,
maybe do a couple chores. And then around lunchtime I’ll meet up with a couple people in my
section for study group, to go over some problems
for civil procedure. Then I have a little bit of time to go to the library with my friends and do some reading
before my property class. And then tonight, one of
my friends in my section it’s her birthday, so
we’re all gonna go out to the campus bar and
show her a good time. (chill music) – Why law school? – I’ve always wanted to
get into civil rights law, I’m not entirely sure
what that looks like, hopefully work for the ACLU, or Department of Justice one day, but definitely thinking about
the public interest route. – When you were an undergrad at Harvard did you know the whole time that you wanted to go into law school? – I did, I did know I wanted to do it. Ever since I was a kid
I wanted to be a lawyer but I did take some years off to make sure that’s really what I wanted to do. There’s a big difference
between seeing something in a movie, and what
it’s like in real life. So I took two years to
work as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton in D.C, which was a great experience. I contracted at Department of Justice which made me really realize
I wanted to be a lawyer. So it all worked out in the end. – What kind of work were
you doing at Booz Allen? – I was actually contracting with the Department of Justice’s executive office for immigration review,
so it’s the immigration court system of the United States. – So you’ve only now been
at law school for two weeks? – Yes. – What has the transition been like? – It’s kind of been trial
by fire, but in a good way. It’s simultaneously being
forced to be an adult and being stuck in
kindergarten all over again. You get really close to
the people in your section because you spend 20 hours a week in class with the same people,
sitting in the same seats. But it’s just been a really wild ride, and the opportunities here are just beyond imaginable, it’s amazing. – Why did you choose
Harvard Law in particular? – Well I had a really strong attachment to Harvard undergrad, where
we went together (laughs). I really enjoy the
campus, I thought Harvard had all these incredible opportunities. Especially cross-studying
with the other departments and the other schools here. Harvard Law’s also got
unparalleled reputation. The large size of the class
allows you to get to know people from a variety of
different backgrounds. You name it like race, gender,
ethnicity, political stances, you’ve got ’em all in bucketloads here, which is the best part of
getting an education here. – Great, so what does your
course load look like right now? – So in 1L year you have set course load, so everyone takes the same classes. You’ve got your property,
your torts, your contracts, that kind of thing. So we have five classes in the fall that we’re all taking together, the 80 of us in one section. While the other sections
will take five classes that may not be the same, but at the end of the year we will have all taken the same classes together. So it’s the 200th anniversary of HLS, and my first week of school here the Dean actually dedicated this plaque to the enslaved people
whose labor generated the wealth to found the law school. So I think it was very
meaningful to kick off the 200th year anniversary
celebration to commemorate the slaves owned by the royal family, who endowed the first
year here at Harvard Law. (chill music) – How is a law classroom
run in maybe a different way than an undergrad class
that you’ve been in? – Right, so in undergrad
usually you have very enthusiastic people put up
their hands to answer questions, it is the total opposite in law school, you do not want to be asked a question. We have a cold-calling system
based on the case method, so most of our classes will
read Supreme Court decisions, or other court decisions, and then a professor will ask a person or several people to,
what we call brief a case. So they’ll ask us like what
are the facts of the case, what is the legal question here, how did the court hold. So everyone does the reading, but you sort of bank on
being the 79 out of 80 who won’t get cold-called that day. – Okay gotcha, have you
been cold-called yet? – Yes, I’ve been cold-called
in I think every single class and each time it
was a thrill (laughs). – A thrill, fun, fun. I guess, would you have
any advice for someone going into law school, who might be intimidated
by that sort of thing? – No, I think it’s very
scary the first time, and then I think the first
time you actually mess up, and you realize that no one in your class remembers you messed up, because they were too
busy freaking out about not being cold-called, that’s when you stop
taking it too seriously and you just realize that
this is a great way to learn, there’s a reason why they do it, it makes you read closely, makes you pay attention in class. I actually prefer it to the
way we studied at undergrad. – Great, great. What advice would you have
for someone who’s not sure if they want to apply
to law school or not? – I would say you should
really, really be sure. If you’re not sure at all, maybe you shouldn’t be
doing it before you talk to other people who are at law school. Law school is really expensive, the debt can be overwhelming, and if you’re not sure
if you wanna be a lawyer, I’m not sure if that debt
is worth undertaking. It’s a very depressing answer, but the financial reality
is that you should be sure before you commit, and if you’re not sure, read a couple law books,
watch a couple movies, talk to your friends, talk to your college law school councilor, talk
to people that you know who are currently in law school and see what they feel after the fact. But be sure before you apply, because it’s not worth the
money if you’re not sure. – Don’t go to law school for the sake of going to law school. (slow music) What sort of thing do you do outside of class at Harvard Law? – (laughs) What is outside
of class at Harvard Law? I’m kidding, there is
actually a lot to do. Every lunch there is
usually some kind of event, I think last week they had an event hosted by the federalist society
about whether or not people should be obligated to bake cakes for gay couples who are getting married. So organizations will bring in speakers, prominent speakers from
around the country, for lunchtime type events. Then there’s also a whole
variety of social events hosted by HL central,
which is like the party organization it seems like on campus, or the student practice organizations, or the affiliation groups. So the Asian-Pacific Islander
group will host a happy hour, or the LGBT organization
will host a board game night. So there’s a lot of things on campus to do that aren’t class related. And then there’s of course just general hanging around Cambridge,
it’s an amazing town. There’s a great nightlife, great places to just get coffee or get a drink, whatever’s your style. So yeah there’s a lot to do. So when I was an
undergrad I felt obligated to join a lot of extracurriculars, and so I felt like I split my time 50/50, if not swinging more towards extracurricular activities than classroom. Whereas at law school, especially as a 1L, you’re expected to
dedicate the vast majority of your time to your reading, because there is a lot of it. And I actually appreciate that a lot more, it puts a lot of, it takes
off a lot of pressure to do a lot of these extracurriculars. Also soldiering through the readings with the same 80 people
together kind of bonds you together in a way that
in undergrad was different because you were all
taking different classes, sometimes you felt a little bit alone. It’s not the case in law school. – What was the application
process like for you, from undergrad to law school? – Right so, after you graduate, you have to take the LSAT
if you haven’t already. This was the Law School Admissions Test. It’s scored out of 180, you have to sit it to submit a law school application. That test is weighed very heavily in your law school application, so you have to do pretty well in it. Then you send in a resume
as well as several letters of recommendation, and an essay. And that’s pretty much it, there actually isn’t that much more to it, but I think studying for the exam is what stresses people out the most. – What sort of advice
would you give someone who might be going through
that application process? – I would say my biggest
piece of advice is that you should really think hard before you sit the LSAT, if
you’re prepared for it. You shouldn’t do what I
did and rush taking an exam that you’re not prepared for, because you can’t cancel your score and resitting the exam is a lot of work. And on top of that, lots of law schools do look at both scores and they either don’t average them out or
they take the lowest score, that kind of thing. So I would say be very,
very sure of yourself before you walk into the exam room. And even if you feel slightly unprepared, you shouldn’t take it and just
wait for the next iteration. – Right, and so you said you wanna end up going into civil rights law, something with the ACLU,
something along those lines. What will the next couple years look like, I guess outside of the academic year in terms of pursuing that do you think? – Do you mean like
summer internships, or– – Yeah, summer internships
that sort of, yeah. – Right so, honestly I haven’t given it too much thought yet. It’s a nationwide policy actually that 1Ls can’t apply to summer
internships until December 1st. So that’s across all law schools and all organizations in the country. So it does give you some breathing room, but when December 1st comes I am thinking of applying to GLAAD or
other LGBT related causes like the ACLU LGBT office, or to human rights campaign. I think that’s probably where I’m heading on my first summer, fingers crossed. But that’s way down the line. – Right, okay. (relaxing music) – Well I think a lot of movies, whether it’s Legally
Blonde or Paper Chase, or even like Cousin Vinny, kind of impressed upon me
that Harvard Law School be very competitive and cutthroat, and that is just absolutely not the case. At least my section is
really collaborative, really fun, we send notes to each other, outlines, we send locations
of free food to each other over our group chat. – Huge. – Yes, huge, tremendous and huge. And all of that is
important to me as a person, especially the food bit. I think the geniality and the camaraderie has really surprised me
more than anything else. (chill music) If you enjoyed this video and you wanna learn more about top colleges, don’t forget to subscribe.

100 Replies to “A Day in the Life: Harvard Law School Student”

  1. Really great questions and responses – 5:00 in particular re the commitment level you need to have. As someone who just graduated from law school, I would add that it's also important to assess your level of commitment because law school is an unrelenting and intense place with a high work load that demands you to make sacrifices and give up a vast majority of your time. It's telling how many times she mentioned her readings which is an all-consuming part of studying law, even though she just started her legal education. I'd echo her point that you should only apply if you know you want to practice law.

  2. A Day in the Life: Harvard Law School:
    1) wake up and go to starbucks for a 20$ coffee (because you're oppressed you can't afford that 100$ coffee).
    2) get together with other oppressed peers and think in what way have you been oppressed since your last get-together
    3) cry, whine, bitch about it for a couple of hours
    4) go to a propaganda factory where you'll be lectured on white cis gender males being as bad as jews before WW2 (as in: it's all their fault)
    5) write a blog and some tweet posts about you being oppressed; or in the case you're white score your social points by other means of virtue signaling
    6) go to bed, next morning repeat the process.

  3. dumb ppl paying tons of extra money for nothing, you only learn 20% of good stuff in school the rest is scrap. you learn more while working

  4. This women is by far one of the BEST speakers that have been featured on this channel. Her responses are both concise & fluid

  5. The only thing she said that is outdated/incorrect is that you shouldn’t take the LSAT multiple times. Law schools don’t give a shit about anything except your top score. Study and retake it until you get the score you need.

  6. I appreciate her honesty that one has to be surely committed to Harvard law due to financial burdens. We always see the glitz and glam of Harvard and seldom ever does one actually state the reality.

  7. 2 weeks into classes and she totally knows what’s going on. 2 weeks into law school, I was like “What the fuck is happening? What is going on? Where am I ?” 😂 but luckily I’ve adjusted

  8. Can I go to the harvard law school although I didn’t attend it before? Like I went to a college and studied law as undergrad, if I were to apply for law school specifically harvard law school, do they only accept applicants that graduated from their college?

  9. Every law student and every law person has already failed its citizens ,
    Laws are there to protect people and must have a mor guide to life to make things safe and fair .

    What is the point of learning law and bringing justice to say a drug dealer for polluting society with there drugs when your own governments are not brought to justice for selling cigarettes and alcohol which are both Class A drugs and kill over 480000 Americans every year

    How can you punish a drug dealer for what the government does itself the law is paid by the government so the law is hypocritical and unjust and unfair. And cowardly .

  10. "It's kinda been trial by fire" just me think of them branding students and checking to see if it got infected as part of the selection process.

  11. BRUH she is 2 weeks in and of course she is full of motivation hahahahaha… Ask me currently in my last semester. All those clases she is taking half of those she won't be taking in the future simply because lack of time. Like seriously. DAMN girl good luck but it's not going to be easy!

  12. Rather stay at home and smoke pot…… but I’m 71 years old, and have already retired from the practice of law

  13. I hope crimson ed will make a day in the life:LSE student, especially those who majoring in political science kinda thing☹️

  14. I actually worked harder as an undergrad. Even now, I am listening to her speak at 2x. In my sophomore year, I trained my ears to listen to audiobooks at 3.25x, so she sounds slower at 2x

  15. "The Invisible Hand Inside the Lightless Hole"

    Theories that "Crimson tides" are inextricably linked to volatility if not hostility in corporate arenas, determining number of raiding outfits in operation at any one time

    (based on numbers recruited earlier) That will correspond to boom bust cycles and degree of market turbulence that can be expected

    all resting on that redline statistic,

    that will draw up suitable profiles from the social body byway of matchmaking parents who reveal suitable traits

    Such planned parenthood a result of Bio-psycho-social-geo-chemistry working on chance and happenstance,

    Where collective will to power of statecraft and market, impacts bioelectrical and magnetic fields of lands and peoples

    To result in "determined" coupling and procreation (with probabilistic outcomes that supercomputers have probably long since cracked),

    that then proceeds to shunt offspring down corresponding walks of life

    (imbuing them with right frames of reference and attitudes gained from personal experiences) to fulfill these roles and functions "orderer up" by society

    So what is this invisible hand or black hole, or crimson flow we are taking about?

    The invisible hand of course alludes to the same phenomenon that Adam Smith Spoke of that shapes markets and societies (he summarized as self interest)

    While the Lightless Hole, may refer to the aperture in which futures emerge, ultimately all resting on quality and yield of natural resources produced by lands and peoples

    While the redline (crimson tide) in simple terms is an indicator of lack of returns or losses in outlays of energy and resources, that do not result in any new income.

    Thus leading to corporate raiding teams, hatchet men, socioeconomic hit-men, that spread damage, losses, animosity, disenfranchisement, sociopathy further and further

    All resting on this red flow line, that in some senses, is all forms of disparity between one statistical (energetic) field and another

    Including disparity between psycho-sexual activity and population growth, especially excess negative forces that cannot successfully be diverted or inverted to positive effect

    Leading to a range of social ailments manifested as behavioral disorders – form sociopathy to OCD and ADHD in children (directly dependent on projected room for positive growth)

    This is why home room or extra period (period room) of present times in educational environment (where misbehaving students are held back and forced to work over time,

    Has direct historical antecedents and bio-psycho-social function to menstruating huts of primitive cultures.

    Both called Period rooms – because it is this excess red line flow (where returns in the form of a fertilized eggs do not appear) resulting in "bad luck" for the village as primitives would say.

    Or bad behavior and poor results, in the form of juvenile delinquency and criminal inclinations across society, in modern terms

    Yet it is not a simple question of artificially surging or stymying pair bonding or even sexual permissiveness, which is inextricably linked to social mobility.

    Where societies and marketplaces, have in fact repeatedly striven to ramp up state and market, byway of surging, swinging, roaring

    But rather the right ratios and proportions, balancing and gearing. That there is apparently no better way to arrive at this desirable ration (because what is good for one group is bad for another)

    Then to turn societies into animal houses, with barn animals go haywire. Blitzing and storming like signla lights on the fritz (bowing hot and cold, switching on and off)

    perhaps in some attempt to recalibrate, like pounding on a grain silo or barrel of produce, to remove all the air or dissolve sediment etc

    Leading to the military term of Situation Normal All Fouled Up, when it comes life in the Big Pig pen, with hogs fed rotting apples (if they're lucky), and each other (if they are not!)

  16. I love how everybody is calling her eloquent (which she is) just because she speaks like a normal person without using "like" 70 times in less than 15 minutes. we shouldn't be impressed by this, it should be the standard.

  17. What's the big deal about cokd-calling? Teachers call on kids all of the time to answer questions. This is no big deal. As a 1L 2 weeks in, she has no information. They should have interviewed a 2L.

  18. It is now an indoctrination center ran by a cohort of the worst president and traitor to this nation we ever had… Obama. I noticed the event they were hosting she named was something in regard to baking cakes for gay couples. This is the focus of these indoctrination centers now…. bring in the most far left wing radicals they can… and teach them to flip established constitutional law on it's head to further their own careers by way of destroying established American values.

  19. Poor Dirshowitz…here we are picking on him because of his pedophilia. We forget about all the massaging, the pounding, the yanking, & the sucking he must have endured while on that hellish island. At least his torment had a "happy ending"…..until now.

  20. Harvard law school,do you know the law is elastic ,more you pull the law it's come to you,So law suit should not have limit.

  21. I'm older,but I want to learn the Harvard law school by home sturdy because I like Harvard University.as my preference in the wold.see me and call me.I hope you can find me to start.Want is power.

  22. not sure if it's changed, but i took the lsat twice in 2018 and you can absolutely cancel your score. you can only cancel within six calendar days of taking the test, so you won't know how well you did (and i wouldn't cancel it because often when it feels like you bombed an exam you did better than you expected). but you can cancel it for sure

  23. 2005 Harvard Law grad. Bunch of elitist libtards! Doesn't surprise me one bit that this chik wants to work for the ACLU. Waste of life and $!

  24. I am not going to be prosecutor to what Law Virginia breaks daily, I am witness to the court that has no favor or contract with Virginia Law, written or unwritten that Virginia "is a conspiracy" against that can not be proven where it starts. [Skidmore Law Review 1972]

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