I’ve managed to tank two perfectly good relationships myself by paying more attention to law school than my then-girlfriend.
In the interest of trying to help others avoid the folly of hope triumphing over experience, here are some of my thoughts on dating during law school. Basically, the most fundamental observation about dating in law school is this: Don’t. And since you’re a law student, that means you’re probably going to anyway.
There’s no doubt in my mind that law school is hard on relationships.
In my time at law school I’ve seen at least three of my classmates go through a divorce and dozens of other relationships crash and burn.
So how do lawyers find other lawyers to go on dates with?
From what I recall of Guardian Soulmates, the lefty romance medium which hosted my own sortie into the world of online dating a few years ago, it’s crawling with lawyers.
"I got matched up with a bunch of people — one was even a lawyer.
In 2005, on Valentine's Day, appropriately enough, she launched Lawyersin Love.com, a dating site created specifically for law students, lawyers, and legal professionals.
"I didn't really know what I was doing [at first]; I had no idea," Albamonte admits. Luckily, they sold it for a reasonable price." After purchasing the domain, Albamonte met with someone who had the appropriate software and went from there. "I made up all the profile questions, some of which are law related." The site's entertaining profile questions make humorous reference to various legal topics.
The trouble is, alive to the realities of the profession, the lawyers on the site don’t tend to want to go out with others of their kind.
From what I’ve heard, solicitors, barristers and of course legal executives who use – whose general counsel, Curt Anderson, was profiled today in the US magazine Corporate Counsel, incidentally – are similarly minded.
Albamonte, a federal attorney herself, has worked for the U. Department of Justice's Board of Immigration Appeals in Fall Church, VA, for the past 19 years. It's the idea that you understand each other and have a common schedule." Albamonte also wanted her site to lighten the atmosphere and counter the seriousness that law school and the legal profession can bring.
"I thought the legal community needed something like [this site]," she says. "Lawyers are also serious people, and I wanted to create something to make them laugh," she says.
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