The five types of people you’ll meet in 1L
THE “CLASS GUNNER” 1L
Perhaps you have encountered prior versions of this 1L in your poli-sci, business, or even high school philosophy class. The Gunner can be found looking up his professor’s nostrils from a front-row seat, or waiting after class to ask questions to which he doesn’t want you to hear the answer. If you still don’t know him, listen for the class’ collective sigh at the sound of his voice or note the name of the guy who found the “interesting” article that has been added to your reading list.
THE “I’M IN LAW SCHOOL” 1L
This 1L is more common than a fresh stack of flapjacks on a Saturday morning. Her parents’ friends are all extremely impressed with her upcoming legal education, so of course the rest of us should be too. This 1L seriously considers having her own Queen’s Law apparel made because she simply cannot wait until the official sale in December. She got Facebook in Grade 9, but somehow only discovered the “status update” upon starting law school. The “check it out, I’m in law school” approach to life is what defines the “I’m in Law School” 1L.
THE “I’VE GOT IT ALL FIGURED OUT” 1L
While the rest of us were spending last summer working on our boondoggle skills at camp, this 1L was planning out the rest of his life. Most of us stumble when asked, “So, what kind of law do you want to practice?” This 1L is the kook who already has a polished answer. While you were in line at the LSS Book Sale, he finished the recommended readings for LAW 517: Environmental Protection Law. But don’t be fooled—it’s not that he actually knows anything about environmental law; he just thinks pandas are cute and his mother told him not to litter. He may seem to have it all put together but don’t forget that self-discovery is all in the journey (PREACH!). Also, there are no pandas in Canada. Sorry.
THE “DO EVERYTHING” 1L
If Oprah Winfrey and Justin Timberlake had a kid, they would name it “Do Everything 1L”. (No really, they would. We checked.) The “Do Everything 1L” is something of a renaissance (wo)man. Legal Aid, Pro Bono, and QLJ were all presented at the same meeting? I guess that means she has to do them all. Her résumé is like the energizer bunny; it goes on and on and on… Don’t even think about running against her for Male Athletic Rep because she will crush you in the election. Try to tell yourself that she doesn’t have enough time for her schoolwork, but expect to be proven wrong when you see her working as a tutor come 2L. While it’s easy to poke fun, nothing would get done at Queen’s Law without Ms. “Do Everything”. We love you Jenn Dumoulin!
THE “DO NOTHING” 1L
David Levy (2L) and Sam Starkman (2L) are the De Minimis Editors and Meagan Berlin (2L) is the Production Manager of Juris Diction.
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