Part 2 of everything you ever wanted to know about my life as a law student! hah.
Take a break! Appellate Briefs are tough. I work on them at work and still get frustrated and confused and stressed out.
I just try to remind myself that it's just part of the process. What do you want to do? I remind myself that this is just another step that I have to take before I can practice the type of law that I want to practice.
Other than that, just take it easy. Ask your teacher for help if you need it (although I never found any of my legal writing professors to be that helpful!), talk about it with a classmate, etc. Make sure you actually understand what you're writing before you start writing. I think that's a big problem a lot of people have with legal writing stuff - they don't really understand what it is that they're supposed to be advocating for!
But basically, DON'T GIVE UP! Take a day off. Not a couple hours, a whole day. (unless you're like me, and you waited until 2 days before to do the brief, then you don't really have that luxury, ha!). But if you've worked on it ahead of time, take some time off. Do something that is NOT law school. The best thing I can say to do is to keep involved in your life outside of law school. Go to the gym, go to dinner, go out with your friends or boyfriend or whatever, and be a normal person. Don't let law school consume your life!
I wouldn't really consider myself bitter about law school. I definitely bitch about law school all the time, but just because there are a lot of aspects of law school that are really dumb. And law students can be really dumb and annoying.
Do I bitch and complain about law school? Obviously. But I don't think bitter is quite the right word.
Maybe bitter about the state of the legal job market right now, but even so not really that much. I think I have better employment prospects than a lot of people because I have excellent experience and an incredible professor with tons of contacts who is actively working with me on finding a job.
As for ranking? It definitely matters, to a point. I think out of the top 10-20 schools ranking doesn't really matter. At least it hasn't in my experience.
And the state of the job market is so bad right now that a lot of people even at those top 20 schools don't have jobs.
So yeah, as a general rule, ranking matters a lot. For people who graduated in 09 and 2010? I don't think it does as much. It kinda just sucks for everyone right now.
Let me know if there is anything else you want answered!