Is Getting Accepted to Law School Harder Than Law School Itself?


A Quora questioner recently asked whether being admitted to law school is actually harder than law school itself. For me, it's easy: I’d argue that law school itself is harder than being accepted to law school.

Sure, the LSAT is a difficult exam and you’ll have to study hard to obtain a high score. Your undergraduate courses may also be difficult, depending on your major and course selection.

With that said, law school is more difficult for a number of reasons.

First, the structure of law school itself makes life difficult. While you may be able to leverage your classmates’ knowledge by participating in a study group, you will be competing against your classmates on exams. This is because law school courses are graded on a curve. You and your classmates will be gunning for the limited number of As in each course.

Along with this, 1L grades play a large part in finding your first job after graduation (especially positions at so-called “Big Law” firms). Half the class will receive grades below the median in a particular course. This certainly could be you.

Second, the quality of the student body makes it more challenging to obtain solid grades. Most, if not all, law students excelled in their undergraduate courses. All of your classmates will be intelligent and hardworking. They’ll apply this same work ethic to their law school courses.

Third, law school is challenging in that you are learning new topics in an unfamiliar environment. It can be difficult to learn the LSAT, but the task becomes much bigger when you’re essentially learning an entirely different language and a new way of thinking. The Socratic Method itself can be stressful and you may simultaneously be adjusting to life in a new city or state. You need to learn how to adapt quickly to maximize your chances of success.