A recent comment mentioned those of our fellow students who "thought they were the smartest kid in the class." Like in grammar school and high school. Well I saw lots of them get the truth handed to them hard at law school.
We were a new class of 325 students at Pepperdine in Malibu. It's hard to get into a good law school in America, so we were all pretty qualified. Mostly recent college grads who had always been "one of the smart kids," lots of high academic indexes, a bunch of overachievers. I could see it coming.
I figured that if everyone answered truthfully, three-quarters of these kids would tell me that they expected to be in the top-ten-percent of the class. That's who gets the best jobs after law school.
We took no tests until the end of the semester, the final was the entire grade, it's all or nothing in law school. The posting of the first semester grades put lots of my classmates into shock. Before then there had been lots of hand raising, lots of shooting off of the mouth in class. After the grades, things quieted down. Discovering that a lot of the rest of us were pretty smart too put a lot of those kids in their places.