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Real Law School Horror Stories

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Law school can be a scary place. These are a couple of the craziest things that happened to me in law school. Buzzfeed did a video on what they claimed were “law school horror stories” (https://youtu.be/BN9iFX9BLSA) But the things that they claimed were “horror stories” weren’t that scary. Getting cold called by the professor isn’t a big deal if you have the right tools and read your cases the right way (say for example if you used our Flipped Case Method, https://youtu.be/PxGGbymWYA0). Frankly, I wouldn't call their stories horror stories. Unlike the folks at Buzzfeed, I experienced some really scary stuff. Imagine a judge threatening someone with a gun. It happened. Imagine taking the bar exam during an earthquake. It happened. Imagine having your computer fail right before finals. It happened. Man, I’ve seen some stuff. Scary. So gather ‘round the campfire as I tell you some true stories of law school! ======================================================== Get our Ultimate Pre-Law Checklist (FREE) here ➜ https://www.legaleagleprep.com/prelaw Learn learn how to get ready for law school, the 5 things you must do the summer before law school, and more . . . ======================================================== ★ Got law school questions? Ask in the comments! ★ Say hi on Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleagleprep ★ Tweet at us on Twitter @LegalEagleDJ
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LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Got law school questions? Ask in the comments!
Ash lad (23 days ago)
What’s the best way to counter a bailiffs tackle when you storm into the well?
TamHutchins (1 month ago)
Yes, please explain to me why I went through the hell that is law school lol. I'm on the other coast, Maine and Massachusetts, so we don't have earthquakes, but N'oreaster blizzards.
Gamar Alghamdi (2 months ago)
Hi, I’m confused on either I should go to law school or psychology. But I found out that you can be a lawyer and psychologist from studying criminal psychology, but I don’t know if it’s true. And if it’s not, can I be a lawyer and psychologist at the same time or at least study psychology and law together
Lucas Kane (3 months ago)
Greetings from Germany. I really like your videos. I do have a question about the jury. We don't have a jury in our courtrooms. I find the thought that just any person can decide my fate very strange. These people in the jury aren't judges or advocates. Why do they get to decide about live or death of another person? Or am I misinformed and that is not how it works?
Prophet HerbAndDerp (4 months ago)
I have more like a youtube question, i guess it is kinda rude and picky. is it not cheap, showing some hardcore destruction while talking about 5 by Richter Earthquake? Obviously people who never been in earthquake may find it startling, but this image seemed over the top for a 5.
Garrett O'Meara (5 days ago)
I really like your videos. They're fun, informative, and down-to-earth.
Ken S (6 days ago)
A lot of time in college and it would seem this might translates to law school and probably other further education after a bachelor's degree, that how do you in class and even taking notes, doesn't seem to matter for tests. I'm not sure how something like law school would be set up though because it's highly dependant on how your teacher sets up their class. I've missed class in courses everyday and gone and taking tests where I would get anywhere from 90-100% on tests. If you read the book and study the teachers notes that are usually posted online, it's not too hard to get high grades on a test. But if the teacher does asshole moves and puts a lot of material on the test that he or she doesn't put on their notes and isn't in the book, then you must attend class to get good grades. Also if you are taking a course where the material is hard to understand, I would also recommend going to class so you can ask the teacher questions. Many of my professors encouraged questions being asked and sometimes would even get irritated if no one asked questions because they thought no one was paying attention.
IGPX Satomi (6 days ago)
Damn, dude lost all his porn collection just before finals.
Good4Y0u (7 days ago)
Objection!: Hard drives are safer then Solid state drives. Both SSD's and Hard drives store data ON your physical computer. When SSD's fail they fail absolutely. No recovery. When an HDD fails you can recover that data, either you can do it yourself or send it out for recovery. Cloud. Cloud is good for a backup but always remember it is someone else's computer . (A remote server is still technically someone else's computer ) Good video though.
Kirby Castro (8 days ago)
SoCal FTW!!
Lunova (9 days ago)
I was a gunner in highschool. I only did well on tests because I didn't care to do homework, and didn't really care for grades at all. Just remember it may not be that the person is dumb. They just may not be motivated, or a person that studies outside of class as much.
SGT Kunze (11 days ago)
The Judge should of just shot him he wouldn't come back again for sure that way.
bumflufftornado (13 days ago)
Now gunner means something different in American schools :(
Ronnie Dresden (17 days ago)
Hahaha! The thumbnail image is great!
LRCLaw (21 days ago)
I was so terrified during my first law school exam that I missed the last page of the exam. You know....the one with ALL of the questions. My dumb behind just treated the whole thing like an issue spotter. I did a lot of crying when I figured it out. Silver lining: the worst thing that could happen to me happened and I didn't fail.
KatayokoNoTenshi (22 days ago)
And when they traced the transaction the debt was coming from inside the class!
Neo Gene (26 days ago)
Well, i think i have another interesting story to add. It happened at the university i currently attend and it's a common myth among the students. It takes place a few years ago but also in the law faculty. At the beginning of the semester the students got some redommendations from their professors witch books would provide the best preperation for their next exame. The most important book was a very expensive one that many of the students could not efford, but the universitys library should provide enough copies to borrow for everyone. But there was one particulary student that didn't want the other ones to get as good prepared as her for the exame and so she went to the library and borrowed every copy of the book for the rest of the semester until the exams were over. Still can't believe this happened between law students.
YeeSoest (28 days ago)
About the earthquake: I derive from your joy about the non-californians losing time that the exam is measured by the average result of all applicants? If not, in what way does it help you that they lost time? So if you catch a low average year, a slightly worse law school student may perform better overall, just like you did because of the earthquake? That's weird...usually exams of this gravity are rated by the total score, not in comparison to the rest of the class....is what I thought as someone who has NO experience whatsoever with law school or american high profile job application exams. All I know is when I was tested to become an Air Traffic Controller (?), there was a score you had to reach and if noone would have, noone would have passed that test. Period. 5 people did. 3 got a job offer. I didn't. 1 of the 3 has actually proceeded to become ATC. That test is famous for having the highest boundary of passing grade of any standardized job application process in europe. I failed it because I was already 23 and had given an unclear answer on whether I preferred tower or center...I am now ready to receive your pity.
subito zx (28 days ago)
Zip drive.... ...this guys legit
Nicholas van der Waard (28 days ago)
LegalEagle, do you ever read law in older literature, like Shakespearean plays, or Gothic novels--say, The Merchant of Venice (1605) or Ann Radcliffe's The Italian (1797)?
Luis Abelardo (29 days ago)
For the earthquake part, you should try being a Chilean ;) for that advantage. ;)
SugarDev (1 month ago)
Why did he get straight C's tho?
Stephanie Octavius (1 month ago)
True Story: all right this summer I had to take an online art class( It was called Women in Art History). I had to work upstate New York from June 2 to August 26th, while I took this class. I work at a sleep way camp during day and around midnight I would stay up to complete weekly assignments. I was fired 2 weeks after (Thank goodness because I really hated working there) and went back home. Anyway, in August I had to submit a huge report on MoMA. This is went all shit when left 😪: My little sister at the time had borrowed my laptop for an tech internship. The day my project was due, she returned it and I was just about to submit it. When I noticed that my laptop didn’t turn on😭. What made matters worse was I hadn’t saved my final daft to my google drive or usb. I panicked and called my mother to tell her what happened. She offered to buy a new laptop for me just so I could submit my assignments. FYI: it was due on Sunday and all public libraries were closed so I was definitely screwed. I literally had to rewrite 20 pages in 4 hours but I did it! The crazy thing is I told my professor what happened and she laughed 😂. Now I’m currently completing my thesis for B.A in special education. 🤦🏾‍♀️
Shaharyar Sheikh (1 month ago)
I dont know if I was a gunner but in my first year a lot of the questions used to be directed at me and because my dad is a lawyer I was expected to answer and did my best. After helping everyone with their work I got 2 out of 100 on my first ever law exam. I did ok on the final but that law school horror story stays with me.
Andrew Brenton (1 month ago)
Hey LegalEagle. I have no interest in going to law school or ever becoming a lawyer. However I do enjoy the insight that you provide, and I have an interest in other people's professions. I enjoy watching your videos even though I'm not your target demographic.
Keith Larsen (1 month ago)
That Judge sounds like an average Texan.
BlueBird858 (1 month ago)
My animation professors always tell new student to back up their files to at least 3 locations and save the final video to a site like YouTube. You never know when or if one of your backups will fail, and loosing the day before critique is an animator’s worst nightmare.
Joseph White (1 month ago)
Objection on #2. If a sitting judge illegally held a burglar hostage and threatened him with a gun, and that criminal went to authorities, that judge could have been tried and convicted of Kidnapping, assault and Brandishing a weapon. I think that Judge would have been disbarred and sent to prison.
Rob Mckennie (1 month ago)
OBJECTION. Anominity?
Vogel Account (1 month ago)
I'm going to wager that the gunner receiving all "C" grades was answering his own questions and not the professors' questions. I'm guessing there was a bit of changing the given facts, as well, to suit a philosophical journey?
Draw Slash Play (1 month ago)
The wrong final? I'm a art major. What am I doing here?
August Von Trapp (1 month ago)
D.J. Stone? :D
ChrysOtaku (1 month ago)
I almost want to be a lawyer, just from watching your videos, XD But it's not my passion or what I'm good at so I'll stick with my ABA therapy work.
Rune Crafter (1 month ago)
I am pretty good in class and I talk a lot to teachers a lot of people think I’m smart (lol) but I test really badly
Nichelle C. (1 month ago)
I used a Netbook in law school that had zero storage so all my notes, everything was on a flash drive. Right before my Comment was due, my Netbook fell and landed on the side the flash drive was in. Flash drive destroyed. Luckily my dad was able to recover the files from the broken flash drive and luckily I had friends who gave me their notes in the meantime (it was also around finals). After that I emailed myself all my notes, etc often.
Izzy Thomas (1 month ago)
Not a law student but an IT student. In my last semester of my degree, my main lecturer died. No good replacements came after that so all lectures for those classes stopped. Was forced to learn all my advanced classes by myself.
Gecko o (1 month ago)
Well my background is on science, not on law, still I think that that computer crashing thing is a very real fear for everyone, it happened to me, actually it happened with an update of windos vista, the computer was stuck in an update and turn off loop, fortunately I had back up of everything, still that made me lose a week of work, back then I didn't know how to recover files, so a lesson for every student / professional, always keep a back up of all your important files.
Ethan Stephans (1 month ago)
Funny thing, the one earthquake I have been through I did not have an issue with I sat right through it like it was nothing.
Stephen Gillie (1 month ago)
TIL I'm a gunner. I don't even try - I just think everyone else is lazy or trying to game the class.
Belinda Mcgregor (1 month ago)
When it comes to the 'gunner' scenario, I was talking to someone about this today. We are both in university (not law) and are mature aged students. My experience is that when the tutor asks questions, there is complete silence while no one wants to answer the question (I'm not sure why as I'm sure a lot of the class know the answer). I will often answer because I get uncomfortable with the long silence and frustration of the tutor. I worry that the class think I'm a "Hermione" but the reality is I just want someone to answer the damn question and stop the awkwardness!
Cosmo Knopp (1 month ago)
I think I'm confused. Is the bar exam a competition? You said the fact that other students wasted time and might not have done as well helped you pass the bar exam.
Wilson Solt (1 month ago)
Wait how would the earthquake help you? The bar exam is not a competition. It is graded on an individual basis. So them doing bad doesn't make you do good. How is nobody pointing this out?
Eirini (1 month ago)
The problem with people like that Alan guy is that they don't really study, they just think up an answer for everything based on their all-around knowledge of the law and their personal sense of justice. This is not what you go to law school for. These people are not fit for this job and, from what I've seen, even if they miraculously pass the bar exams, they always change career paths at some point.
MAYU !! (1 month ago)
Computer Crash is really scary indeed.....
Barend Nieuwoudt (1 month ago)
I make summaries in Word, and it once crashed and corrupted the save file, so the document simply disappeared. Luckily, google drive did exist, and I had a backup. If not for the backup, I could have lost the whole semester's work for that one subject.
Robert Butler (1 month ago)
Huh, your drive just stopped working? I mean, I'm not a lawyer- I'm subscribed because of the pop culture reviews, I find that stuff super fascinating. Anyway, so what were the signs your hard drive was dying- can you recall them? Knocking? Did it take multiple power-cycles to get the drive back online? The drive controller (and power circuitry) is probably bad in that drive. I mean you can send it off to a drive recovery get repaired if you still have the drive; doubtful, but that's a thing
Softy (1 month ago)
The most shameful thing about traditional education still being mainstream is how it fails so many great minds.
floooooooooooooooood (1 month ago)
You describe me perfectly in first section, minus the fact that I never went to law school.
Emily Max (1 month ago)
Objection, law school is 4 yers
Julien bootham (1 month ago)
160'000 USD costs as much as people's houses? [Laughs and cries in swiss, where the crappiest studio cost 3 times that price]
Love (1 month ago)
Would that crazy judge story constitute kidnapping?
Rockin steady88 (1 month ago)
Thank you for being honest especially about the student debt. Very interesting to listen to your firsthand experiences
Cole Durbin (1 month ago)
Wait... Is the bar competitively graded? Like, do only the top X number of scores from a testing session pass?
Jaycob Arbogast (1 month ago)
As Halloween approaches, this is appropriate.
Dorian Leakey (1 month ago)
This comments section seems full of legal professionals that passed years ago.
ShotgunsAndSalt (1 month ago)
Also is it just me or does the outro remind anyone else of "Danger! High Voltage" a little bit?
ShotgunsAndSalt (1 month ago)
My computer's hard drive bricked juuuuust before our equivalent of finals week last year. It's not... a good feeling so I feel you. Luckily I had backups of most of my stuff (a fleet of portable hard drives and USB sticks), but I had to access them in the library because I didn't have time to repair the laptop, because of the exams and deadlines. Once I got over the panic though I did have a backup, so I was only redoing a small amount of the work (all the stuff I'd done the night it broke). Pro Tip (edit): never rely ONLY on cloud storage, lots can go wrong with automated backing up and it's always good to have a second hard copy of your data if it's not data. Just as long as you take reasonable precautions with sensitive information (since this is a law channel), like don't leave a portable drive with a load of clients' information lying around somewhere.
Toni WaSaCha (1 month ago)
My law school horror stories are: 1) Someone committed suicide by jumping off a parking garage; 2) Discovered a heartbreaking law review article that I was reading was about a former co-worker ; 3) Unbeknownst to me, my teenage son put my profile information on some dating site and someone with a profane name was messaging me just as I was being called upon to analyze a case. This prof was hard core and made you stand up when you were called upon. I was very flustered and just barely made my way through his questioning.
Jamie zhuang (1 month ago)
.........judge ppl by cover
Saiah Rett (1 month ago)
This channel deserves 5 million subs
Steel Savior (1 month ago)
1:27 "For the sake of anomimity..."
Joshua Canipe (1 month ago)
love you channel
Konrad Hylton (1 month ago)
I was sure after the burglar story you were going to tell us that then the judge made you debate the facts of the scenario to see if you were paying attention. The fact that he was just casually recanting the story with no agenda makes it all the weirder.
kyotokitsune (1 month ago)
I'm getting off easy for student loans. Maybe $30k when I'm finished, but I'm also going to a non-profit online school for a Computer Science degree. I think student loans is the horror story for every college student, unless you get a scholarship.
Matthew Suffidy (1 month ago)
The burglar thing could be a sort of character test sting operation. Or on the other hand it is more like Mob bonding. One of those situations where you are genuinely wondering what is the better choice. Maybe you have to use a patented impartial look at the time.
AmethystAxas (1 month ago)
Oof, I understand the debt. I'm going to art school, and my debt is going to be around $200k once I graduate. Student loan debt is a horror story for everyone.
Christopher Gerteisen (6 days ago)
What a waste. Art school. really? Lol
Ash lad (23 days ago)
AmethystAxas art school 😂
Blackened Sprite (1 month ago)
re the computer crash story: my old teacher used to say if it's not saved twice, it's not saved.Save it somewhere, then save it again, somewhere else, on a different machine.
somenglishguy (1 month ago)
Gunner's seem to exist in all walks of life. There was one when I went to college (I did Film Production), and he always knew the answer to the questions, had seen every film ever made practically etc. He later dropped out because it was too hard for him.
RedwoodTheElf (1 month ago)
Ah, college debt. Like Blackadder, I bet you felt like a Pelican. No matter which way you looked, there was a great big bill in front of you.
Kerry White (1 month ago)
What's your advice for a veteran looking to use his G.I bill for law school?
Bob Crane (2 months ago)
The judge threatening the burglar who's tied up, might not be insane; just want's to make sure the revolving door prison system doesn't let this burglar think he can come back.
Bill Clinton (2 months ago)
"Happen to C" 👀
Jason Stallings (2 months ago)
The subject line of this video made me think of a funny story. In Savannah, GA there is (or maybe now was) a law school that opened around 2008-2009. This law school operated in what used to be a civil war era military hospital that is allegedly extremely haunted (as much of the city supposedly is). I was there at the art school (SCAD) for about 6 years. I know the radio/media building for scad felt extremely haunted. I wonder if there were any hauntings at the law school.
gauri mann (2 months ago)
I have a question that NO ONE has ever been able to answer : I like to take physical notes while in class and during self study but the sheer volume of these notes is so vast that there’s NO WAY to refer to certain terms or questions quickly and many times the notes just get lost . What do you suggest I do ???
Anirudh Viswanathan (1 month ago)
Date yout notes. If possible scan them(or take photos) onto a separate folder on your hard drive and segregate them properly. Do this every week.
Actual Wizard (2 months ago)
Could you do a video giving advice to undergrad mock trial members?
Faelwolf (2 months ago)
Cloud is not a secure storage media! Cloud is just putting your files on someone else's computer, which puts you at risk for data breach. A huge concern for legal and medical files, for obvious reasons. Do back up everything, but back it up on disk, or an external hard drive, which you can then physically secure. Just look at the headlines of all the data breaches for personal and credit card info, and know those servers are more secure than cloud servers. Consider anything you put in the cloud to be public information, it practically is.
Dmac 34 (2 months ago)
Objection The Closer TV show.
Ayyy lmao (2 months ago)
Citizens can't detain people unless the police are actively chasing someone... so in Canada, the judge could have been liable for charges considering he didn't call the police and he had put the burglar into a position where he no longer threatened him. Lol good thing that judge was in Vegas, if that was true
Juliet Coalton (2 months ago)
WHY AM I HERE? I AM GERMAN! I DON'T STUDY LAW, I AM AN ECONOMETRICS MAJOR! IF I WERE TO STUDY LAW IN THIS COUNTRY MY DEGREE WOULDN'T TRANSFER! WHAT AM I EVEN DOING. btw. we have all been alan at some point
Alexander Romanov (14 days ago)
Juliet Coalton I am a computer science student in uk lol
Mc Jethro Pov Tee (2 months ago)
"USB Drive is corrupted." -worst nightmares T_T my hard worked documents :(
Max Covfefe (2 months ago)
If you're looking for some weird legal stories for Halloween... 1. There is precedent in the US that we can't sue the Devil, as in Satan. 2. So-called "anti-witchcraft" laws are intended to protect the public from charlatans, but they don't necessarily outlaw animal sacrifice. 3. It's legal to kill Bigfoot in Texas, but not in the state of Washington, fyi. There MUST be at least a few messed up legal cases just because those three sentences are true.
Osmosis Jones (2 months ago)
If there is a sign telling you not to do something, there is a story. Also, if there is a case law named after you, there DEFINITELY is a story.
zomgtehvikings (2 months ago)
OBJECTION! I’m from Vegas and you make it sound like we’re god damn Florida with that Judge story. No. We’re not. We just like blackjack and hookers.
LongLiveMadison (2 months ago)
I LOVE MOCK TRIAL
ksungjin10 (2 months ago)
Hey stone were you a gunner when you went to law school? Cause you seem like one.
Marcus W (2 months ago)
Theirs no such thing as a solid state hard drive lol, theirs hard drives and solid state drives, I use a memory card for data backup I don’t like the cloud.
Duane Locsin (2 months ago)
LegalEagle, what do you think of 'Murphy's law'? 😀
ELFanatic (2 months ago)
ZIP DRIVE!!!!!
Coral Reeves (2 months ago)
Ahaha you're so cute, Sir! 😂😂😂
kareli a. (2 months ago)
please do more of these if you have more stories to tell for the spooky season!! 😫😫😫
al Mamlūk (2 months ago)
In Law School right now. Second year. We do our exams on our computers using a special word processor. Thus, having laptops is extremely important. In our first year final exams, like 5 people's computers failed during the exam.
Simon Shaw (2 months ago)
So, apparently I was a gunner, never heard the term before. However, I answered questions out of boredom. When no-one would answer I would just to move the class along.
Tory Parson (2 months ago)
I take it Alan's real name is John
Nemesis ROCK (2 months ago)
I'm just jealous that in the US Law school lasts only 3 years
F Jen_ (2 months ago)
you have to have a 4-year bachelor's degree first, though. in my country, law school is 4-5 years after undegrad, but the last year is essentially bar exam review anyway.
Marco (2 months ago)
But you do undergrad before Law School.
Emil Filipov (2 months ago)
SSDs are actually more fragile than the good ol' HDD.
Johny Etwer (2 months ago)
Aw you look so friendly. I wouldn't mind getting legally robbed by you. :^3
M (2 months ago)
Wait a minute, the judge in Vegas, didn't he, more or less, confess to a crime?
Harpo Mason (2 months ago)
Two lifetimes of experience has given me a thorough understanding. I witnessed my father's life firsthand and inherited his logic and reasoning abilities. He showed me the way so I would not go $90,000 in debt trying to find it myself. The difference in our path learning the law is more than just the price in Fiat currency. You paid for formal teaching using legal tinder. I paid for informal teaching with Two lifetimes of sacrifice and suffering at the hand's of arrogant administrators who refused to recognize the intellect of someone too poor to afford representation and too stubborn to accept being constantly dismissed. (there is nothing more disrespectful you can do to a MAN than dismiss him because of his financial station in life) I measure success with Happiness not money. The rights in this country are for everyone not just those who can pay their way. Murdock vs The State of Pennsylvania I pray Blessings, love and respect to all without prejudice in Jesus name A&men
Harpo Mason (2 months ago)
You testified the earthquake helped you and also said it didn't affect you. I would determine it only affected those not used to it and had no influence on those used to such events. Having no influence is not helping you. Its the position that a good judge should take. disinterested third party. The earthquake was not interested in your schooling in law . Your experience is what helped you not the earthquake itself. I pray Blessings, Love and respect to all without prejudice. This from my fathers kingdom. A&men
Angela Young (2 months ago)
I was at that same bar EXAM!!!!!
I do not find it fair that the students taking the bar exam were not given extra time because of the earthquake. Does anyone else find that ridiculous?
The Ace of Spades (2 months ago)
If the story about that judge is true was he within legal rights to do that in the state of Nevada? Does that fall under right to chase an assaulter?
Uncle Phil (2 months ago)
If I found a burglar in my house, I would certainly threaten them with a gun.
Joel Gawne (2 months ago)
Careful, that'll get you arrested in California
Johnny Appleseed (2 months ago)
KU law is like 25k even less w/ scholarships. Big reason why I chose it
Julian Moretti (2 months ago)
When you're the only person who sees a smart person and instead of @LegalEagle's outcome, he got all As... :(

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