I realize I haven’t written too much about law school lately. I am spending only 2.5 days out of a week in Ann Arbor, and the rest in Chicago with the family. I still go to classes, and I still do the readings to the extent possible, but I don’t feel as excited about law school as I used to.
I guess this is part of the growing up I have to do. Going to law school has been one of the few choices that I made and did not regret (as of now), and I think more Chinese students, especially former science and engineering majors, should consider law school. But law school has also exposed me to what I consider to be the darker side of things. I have reluctantly come to embrace the ideas that the law is more of an art than science (and therefore beauty is only in the eyes of the beholder); that there is no absolute right or wrong (thus black may well be labeled white in a parallel universe); and that only in Utopia is the law just and fair to everyone (so law and econ people invented “efficiency” as an additional, seemingly universal justification).
So in some way I am more optimistic than before law school, because now I have a valuable skill set that I can continue to develop and put to (hopefully) good use in the years to come. But in other ways I am more pessimistic than before. I feel lawyers today are in a way like alchemists of yesteryears, in that both professions create and nurture the kind of self-perpetuating and never-attainable myths that have captivated the population at large for ages.
But then all of this might just be 3L syndrome. I will be out of here in less than 2 months, and shortly thereafter we will see whether a hundred hours of due diligence work will change my views.