'Don't Go to Law School' Goes Viral, But Law Students Are Canadian

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on March 07, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

"Law school" is not a friendly phrase.

You can thank Jon Ng and his fellow students at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law for this little nugget of truth. The third-year has become an overnight Internet sensation, having written -- and uploaded -- a video entitled "Dear Me, Don't Go to Law School."

It's kind of nice to know Canadian law students aren't any better than those found in the U.S. In fact, they're just like most of us -- "insecure overachievers [trying] to do something with their Bachelor of Arts."

Ng's specific form of overachievement led him to create this video for the school's yearly talent show. Yes, Canadian law students mistakenly think they're funny, too:

Okay, so the video has some truth. There is an Olive Garden in Canada, and the restaurant is where you go to "alienate your non-law school friends [while] you recite case law." Well, when you're not in the mood to drunkenly fight over torts at the bar, that is.

And law school is "a terrible place to go ... because it ruins everything. Your social life, your family life, your whole life." Divorce and drama-filled breakups are an integral part of the U.S. law school culture, too.

We can't forget about the professors either. Though your least favorite instructor may not have been sporting luscious silver locks, he or she probably loved to humiliate you.

You're an insecure overachiever -- it was easy.

There's probably a lot in the video that reminds you of your darker days. But if you're going to focus on something, it should be Ng's strongest words of advice:

Therapy. Get it.

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