Another way of saying it is: I enjoyed law school to some extent, but I love the practice of law.
That said, looking back now, there are some things I would definitely do differently:
1. Get to Know More of My Fellow Students: I spent so much time hitting the books in law school that I missed out on the opportunity to make some lasting friendships. Part of it, I suppose, was also due to the age difference between me any my peers. But if I've learned anything from Facebook, is that people are important to us. I consider myself very fortunate today to have reconnected with some of my classmates through Facebook. And I wish now that I had spent more time getting to know them then. It would have made law school infinitely more enjoyable.
2. More Exercise: When faced with time constraints and the accompanying stress of law school, exercise is usually the first thing to go. This is unfortunate because it is probably the best thing in the world to deal with both. Exercise can reduce stress, but studies have also shown that it can increase brain power.
3. Prayer and Bible Study: I wish I had spent more time with my Maker during this period. I somehow convinced myself that I simply didn't have enough time. The truth is that if I had just slowed down and thought about it, I would have realized that more than anything else, He was ready to help me get through all of it.
4. Look More Deeply Into Practice Areas: About the only introduction into practice areas many students receive is through their clerkships. Understanding my own interests and capabilities and trying to fit that with a suitable practice area would have probably saved me some heartburn after law school.
5. More Play: While in law school, I never took a day off. I was so consumed with my studies and so worried that I wasn't working hard enough that I simply overdid it. Life and the practice of law are about balance. And the truth is that law school is about working smarter and not harder. And it's all a marathon, rather than a sprint.
Some of you are starting law school this fall. This post may seem inconsistent with my previous post, advising you to plan for law school. However, planning now will actually mean that you will waste less time getting your bearings and be able to focus more on the high-return activities once school starts.
So, I wish you much success in your law school career. Stay at it. You will become a lawyer. I know it. You just will.