The Difference between 1L and 2L

So as I close in on the end of my second year of law school I thought I’d list some of the big differences between your first year and second year of law school. Suffice to say, it’s a completely different world. The long and short of it, you’ll be spending less time on cases but just as much time working on other things.

  • Law Review/Journals/Moot/Mock Trial, etc.

All these activities pile up. Law review and journals can take 10+ hours a week. Plus if you’re on any competition teams your weekends will be non-existent. Be sure to plan accordingly.

  • Internships/Externships/Clinics

These can quickly take up your week-days but are hugely valuable. There’s no better way to gain experience. Expect them to easily take 10-20 hours a week.

  • Classes

Although you still have classes the cold-calling experience is drastically reduced. True, there are still some downright evil professors that are brutal with cold-calling. However, most of my professors my 2L year really cut back on the cold-calling or were much more lenient about it.

  • You’re faster.

After having spent a year in law school you can get through cases so much faster. The classwork really takes a lot less time, which is a great advantage since you’ll be needing to spend time on lots of other things your 2L and 3L year.


About wannabelawyer

Future Law Student preparing for Law School. Follow me on my journey.
This entry was posted in 1L, 2L and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to The Difference between 1L and 2L

  1. As a 1L, thanks for sharing! It’s nice to know that my classwork will probably take a lot less than time than it does now!


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s