Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I am currently reading Gretchen Rubin’s (a former lawyer) bestseller “The Happiness Project”. It seems to me that there is some useful advice for law students in her book.
Her twelve commandments include the following rules that we should encourage law students (and ourselves) to attempt to achieve:
Do it now (procrastination seems to be a trait of many law students)
Be polite and fair
Do what ought to be done
Ms. Rubin also wrote about several “Secrets of Adulthood” which she described as “the lessons I’d learned with some difficulty as I’d grown up”. Some of them are useful lessons to share with law students preparing to enter the legal profession:
It’s okay to ask for help.
It’s important to be nice to everyone.
If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
Perhaps if law students did more soul-searching about what really excites them before they graduate, they would find a place where they can enjoy the practice of law. It should be about fulfillment more than image/prestige/money etc. The practice of law should not be a field that people leave in order to find fulfillment. We should continue to encourage our students to be the change they want to see in the profession.