Life in the Law School Lane: 8 Zoolander Quotes that Describe Your Law School Life

“Did you ever think that there’s more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good at hypotheticals?” – Derek Zoolander, Law Student

1. Derek Zoolander: You think you’re too cool for school, but I have a newsflash for you Walter Cronkite…you aren’t.

Everyone talks about how similar law school is to high school. When 200-500 students take classes all in one building, cliques are bound to form. But let’s face it, if you are in law school, you are a huge nerd. No matter how “cool” you may feel walking down those hallways, because of your above-average-for-law school athletic abilities or over-involvement in student activities, you aren’t too cool for school.                  

2. Mugatu: I feel like I’m taking crazy pills

Everyone felt this way reading that first, second, fiftieth, hundredth case during 1L year. Hey, I still feel this way reading Corporations cases during 3L. And yes . . . 3Ls still read when they mistakenly sign up for Blackletter Law classes, in which the teachers still cold call.

3. J.P. Prewitt: I'm a hand model, mama. A finger jockey. We think differently than the face and body boys . . . we're a different breed.

If you were a Science, Art, Business, etc. major (read: anything but Political Science, History, and English) in undergrad, you may have thought about how you were a “different breed” of law student. Perhaps you thought that the empirical analysis you did as a science major would get you nowhere in law school. However, you soon figured out that thinking differently isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some of the best law students are a “different breed” and they can usually outthink and outsmart the rest of us.

4. Brint, Meekus, Rufus: Orange Mocha Frappuccino!

That perfect pick-me-up for continuing to work on that legal writing assignment that has you at the library at 2 AM…

5. Derek Zoolander: You mean, you haven't... Matilda: Done it in a while, yeh. Hansel: Now, what's a while? Like, eight days?

“Yes, I admit it, I haven’t outlined in EIGHT WHOLE DAYS and it's already September 7th. My life is over and I’ve forgotten how to study and be an efficient law student. Hey [student who constantly reminds you that he’s outlining every day], care to remind me about how to get back on track?” – The average law student taking their time through the law school lane.

6. Derek Zoolander: But why male models? J.P. Prewitt: Are you serious? I just told you that a moment ago.

J.P. Prewitt’s line is what every professor is thinking in Office Hours after he or she has tried to explain that “simple” concept to you three times and you still aren’t quite getting it.

7. Hansel: It’s in the computer. It’s so simple.

To be honest, if you’ve outlined efficiently, the answer IS in your computer somewhere. The major issue is whether you can look through your outline and still have enough time to write a coherent answer to your professor’s question.

8.  Derek Zoolander: *Cough*Cough* “I think I’ve got the black lung.”

The perfect way to deflect a cold call from that relentless professor: 100% Guaranteed. 

Do you have any other Zoolander quotes that perfectly describe law school life? Let the Ms. JD community know in a comment below!


Lauren Nevidomsky is your "average" law student trying to figure out her way in the legal world. She tells the tales of her law school trials and tribulations with the hopes that she'll help make the life of even one law student easier and less stressful.

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Julie Cummings

Another great post, Lauren. Way to keep it real!

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