2014 CLS National Conference

YTLFDS Discussion Guide 2

YouTube Discussion Starters #2
Questions for Discussion
Part I
In the clip, Rich asks, “Why are you putting yourself through this?”
Q: What would you answer?

Q: Have you ever been at a place in your law school career when you wanted to give up? Even if you haven’t, have you ever asked yourself what ultimate good can come from a legal education? Have you ever doubted your decision to go to law school in the first place or second-guessed your reasons for studying law? Share your answers with you classmates.

Part II
Rich suggests that one reason we might hit discouragement in law school is that we have become one dimensional – we are all about the law, and we have perhaps neglected other dimensions of our lives. He says that “the law is not big enough for you.” Consider these ideas and discuss:
Q: Have you ever felt like you have abandoned the rest of your roles or duties to be a law student? Have you ever felt “one dimensional”? If not, how have you managed it? If so, do you think a change is necessary?

Q: Where does the Christian law student find his or her identity? Do you think there are pressures to find meaning, purpose, or identity in the legal profession? Is this good or bad? Why? Can you share examples of some of these pressures?

Q: What things do we need outside of law school to keep our focus? What ways have you battled the temptation to become one-dimensional?

Part III
Finally, Rich notes that you should ask yourself, “Why are you here?”
Q: Take a minute to share how God led you to come to law school and to come to this particular school.

Q: When you came to school, did you have an idea about why you are here? Do you still have that vision and purpose? Has law school helped you lose some of your vision or idealism about what you wanted to accomplish with your legal education? How? How can you recover it?

Q: What do you think of Rich’s comments that you “are the hands and feet of God’s justice”? What does he mean by that? What sorts of legal careers can God use to further his purposes and his kingdom?