Life with a Law Student: The Neurotic Episode

We were taught to become cynics. To become skeptical. To second-guess everything we were told. To peel back the layers of every statement, looking for a loophole or hidden trap. To analyze every word to death. To distrust people. To become the kind of people other people hate. Indeed, we were learning to think like lawyers.

Extract from Martha Kimes’ Ivy Briefs: True Tales of a Neurotic Law Student.

Mr. Cinical and I usually sit next to each other, reading. At points, either of us will interrupt the silence, with some random legal theories, or sociological observations, or just something funny which jumps out at us.

So he with his criminal law textbook, and me with Kimes’ Ivy Briefs: True Tales of a Neurotic Law Student, a hilariously funny book by the way (recommended for law students and their spouses).

Me: “Hmm, the description of law school and the training she describes sounds just like what you are going through. See, you are learning to analyse very word I say to death. To find a loophole in my arguments. Smacks of neurotism”

Mr. Cinical: “But I am not neurotic.”

Me: “Argh, see, you are learning to be a lawyer. Always disagreeing.”

Mr. Cinical: “….blah blah blah”

Me: “You should not argue with me, you know I’m always right. The wife always is. Case closed. :)”


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