Life in Law School: According to Harry Potter Gifs

In anticipation of the SOLD OUT DETS/DLSS Harry Potter Trivia Night this week at Elephant & Castle, the team here at the Deakin Law Students’ Society Geelong proudly present Harry Potter gifs that perfectly sum up the average life of a Deakin Law Student.

When one of your classmates tries to correct you on your Latin
leviosa
Deci-DEN-di
leviosar
not ‘deciden-daiiii’
When your non-law school friends try and grill you for your expert legal insight
function of a rubber duck
We’re not qualified yet, please don’t ask us anything ever.
…but you still get that sweet satisfaction when you can slide your study into casual conversation.
use that spell
“Omg merchantable quality we totally did that in first year!”
When your relatives hear that you’re at law school and instantly declare you’re the next Alan Shore
...but I haven't even finished Contract Law yet.
…but I haven’t even finished Contract Law yet.
When the lecturer stands in front of the class waiting for answers no one is willing to provide.
"It's okay I can wait."
“It’s okay I can wait.”
And then when you get called on when you clearly haven’t been paying any attention.
Ah fuck can I call in a co-counsel?
Ah fuck can I call in a co-counsel?
and when the lecturer tell you that they won’t tolerate any such nonsense on that examination paper.

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When the lecturer announces that the assignment is a group task and you look for your friends, it’s like:
How you doin'?
How you doin’?
When you haven’t had your coffee you’re like this…
Caffeine deprivation takes its toll on us all.
Caffeine deprivation takes its toll on us all.
But you attempt to convince people that you’re fine.
It's okay, my soul is totally not torn in twain.
It’s okay, my soul is totally not torn in twain.
When you’re asked about your general homework situation
Hands up if you've ever felt personally victimised by Property Law.
Hands up if you’ve ever felt personally victimised by Property Law.
Yet you still love stumbling across a great piece of judicial sass in your case readings…
Classic Kirby. Practically snapping his fingers in a Z formation.
Classic Kirby. Practically snapping his fingers in a Z formation.
And deeply analysing that complicated ratio decidendi…

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And learning something completely brand new
Oh that's cool.
Oh that’s cool.
It’s not all smooth sailing though. Everyone feels the same when they back from the mid-trimester break and have to comprehend all of their imminent academic responsibilities…
That's gonna leave a mark.
Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.
And when you try to understand and apply the relevant jurisdictions in Administrative Law it can be a bit like this.
Federal Court? High Court? Merits Review? SOMEONE TELL ME PLEASE.
Federal Court? High Court? Merits Review? SOMEONE TELL ME PLEASE.
Not one person isn’t flabbergasted by the sheer size and weight of the Constitutional Law textbook…
...wait so I have to read ALL of that?
…wait so I have to read ALL of that?
Or the Migration Act…
Say what?
Say what?
Or all those complicated rules and legal jargon to remember…

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But you still get those sweet, rejuvenating “This is why I’m gonna be a lawyer” moments.

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This is what it’s like listening to someone talk about a case you’re not sure if you were meant to have read yet…

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And when you tentatively trying to answer a question in class and regret it halfway through…
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Yep, no. Gonna go hide now.
And when someone reminds you of that deadline quickly approaching…
Thought you ought to know.
Thought you ought to know.
These are the times where you have to lock yourself away to try and smash out that memo or essay like a champion…
Do. Not. Disturb.
Do. Not. Disturb.
Or stay in the library right until midnight, thinking you’ll never ever get to leave.

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People try to talk to you about things other than the impending submission, and it never goes well…
Can you leave me to muddle over Torts in peace pls?
Can you leave me to muddle over Torts in peace pls?
At least you’re great at multi-tasking during study
Sorry, I couldn't hear you quote that dissertation on account of all that entire Waterfront Kitchen chip snack box shovelled into your mouth.
Sorry, I couldn’t hear you quote that dissertation on account of that entire Waterfront Kitchen chip snack box shovelled into your mouth.
When you’re told that there’s been a delay in getting the assignment results back…
C'mon it's been like three days can we just have the marks already?!
C’mon it’s been like three days can we just have the marks already?!
And you sit there refreshing Cloud Deakin frantically like…

kept waiting

What it actually feels like to open the results…
howler
Ahhhh what does it all mean…oh wait that’s not so bad.
When someone rocks up to a lecture that you’ve literally never seen before ever…
Maybe it's an off-campus student out in the wild? Maybe it's a ghost? We may never know.
Maybe it’s an off-campus student out in the wild? Maybe it’s a ghost? We may never know.
Competitions can be a lot like wizarding duels. During your first ever Moot you might be like:
"What, pretend to be in court? Like a real lawyer and stuff?!"
“What, pretend to be in court? Like a real lawyer and stuff?!”
But with a bit of practice you’re like…
You just wait for my submissions, pal.
You just wait for my submissions, pal.
This is what it feels like when you’ve got two uncompromising clients in the Mediation Competition…
Can y'all just like chill, for a sec?
Can y’all just like chill, for a sec?
And when someone objects during your carefully planned cross during Witness Examination
Well that was hella rude.
Well that was hella rude.
And when someone tries to sway you with a lucrative offer in the Deals competition.

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By Week 3 you’ve perfected the death stare to deliver when someone talks too loudly in the library…
Does no one understand the sanctity of the silent study zone?!
Does no one understand the sanctity of the silent study zone?!
Unless of course you see your law school friends walk in…
Now it's a party.
Now it’s a party.
When that one guy says he hasn’t done the readings and he’ll just go back and revise the content during SWOT-VAC
Yeah, like the High Court was built in a day buddy.
Yeah, like the High Court was built in a day buddy.
 But you’re secretly at home trying to salvage your own notes like…
So many classes so many lecture podcasts I can't even.
So many classes so many lecture podcasts I can’t even.
And you’re hoarding extra library books like nobody’s business…
Excuse me, no. No one  can have the Butterworths Summary notes but me.
Excuse me, no. No one can have the Butterworths Summary notes but me.
And getting all snappy and grumpy cos you’re worried you’ll get it all wrong when the moment comes…
Legally Blonde didn't prepare me for this!!
Legally Blonde didn’t prepare me for this!!
The penultimate and fifth years try to comfort you when the going gets tough…
"Trust us, it's all worth it in the end!"
“Trust us, it’s all worth it in the end!”
But everyone knows that secretly, on the inside, even they are like…
Two words. Tax Law.
Two words. Tax Law.
But it’s okay because you always know that your law buddies have got your back…
#lawlyf #bestlyf
#lawlyf #bestlyf
Even if occasionally your non-law school friends have to bring down your ego a notch or two.
You're not Harvey Spector yet. dumbass.
You’re not Harvey Spector yet. dumbass.
Meanwhile, when you take a social break and that one guy gets a little too close on the pub crawl
fang ron
“Gurl, I can sustain an objection for hours” Ew. No.
 Still, your Law Ball outfit is ALWAYS on point…
#SLAY
#SLAY
And you’re always ready to ‘network’ with the hotter candidates among your peers…

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After all, there’s…
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…expertly to Kanye West’s “Golddigger”
But sometimes your drinking game isn’t up to scratch…
I knew I shouldn't have had that extra pumpkin juice...
I knew I shouldn’t have had that extra pumpkin juice…
When someone asks you how you’re feeling around Week 9 or 10 of the Trimester, it can be a bit like this:
Oh my god do I LOOK like I've finished all of those readings?
Oh my god do I LOOK like I’ve finished all of those readings?
And all you wanna do is nap.

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But you pull yourself together and prepare yourself for the big exam.
Bring it on.
Man I’m legally fabulous.
And then the squad turns up ready to kick (nemo dat) ass.
Let's do this.
Goals.
You’re sitting in the examination room trying to remember that one case to apply to the scenario.
I can't remember what I've forgotten!
I can’t remember what I’ve forgotten!
And then you’re like…
There's only thirty minutes left what?!
There’s only thirty minutes left what?!
And THEN you’re like…
relax
You smash out a killer answer…
Throwing some serious legal shade.
Throwing some serious legal shade.
And you survive it all…

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And get a chance to vent to your law school chums about that tricky final question…
I didn't think the exception to the exception was gonna come up!
I didn’t think the exception to the exception was gonna come up!
And celebrate your holiday!

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Sometimes you can be one or two marks off what you wanted…
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But…but…I was so close!
But its great to know you worked your hardest on that paper
Take that exam!
Take that exam!
After all, the feeling of being another year closer to admission always makes it better…
Yay!
Yay!
Just a few more units to go!
Here we go again.
Here we go again.
Laura Bentley is a penultimate student of a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts (Literature and Professional & Creative Writing). As well as covering the role of Vice President of Publications and Marketing for the DLSS Geelong, she’s also T1 Undergraduate Coordinator of the Faculty of Business & Law Mentor Program. Laura strives to embody Elle Woods in all ways, most especially in shoe taste. She solemnly swears that she is (usually) up to no good, and we hear that she does car commercials…in Japan. 

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