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I've just skimmed through all if the replies, and the one question that remains to be asked/answered is why you seem to think that by switching institution and subject you are going to suddenly like the often tedious, somewhat theoretical (but occasionally exciting and rewarding) of another 3-4 years of university studies. It seems quite clear from the OP that something more than the subject alone puts you off.
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Thank you for your thoughtful answer.
I am not opposed to studying per se. That’s not what bothers me about studying law. I mean, you have to study for all subjects, right? I wouldn’t even mind studying really hard if I actually had some motivation.
That’s what’s missing right now - motivation. I know it sound childish, but to me, the whole matter is simply boring
A typical day:
Professor: “Which requirements must be fulfilled to prove a case of a threat?”
Student: Lists 7 requirements
Professor: “Which requirements must be fulfilled to prove a case of murder?”
Student: Lists 5 requirements
Professor: “Which requirement must be fulfilled so a vendor can claim money the customer owes him?”
Student: Lists 10 requirements
Seriously that’s it. I don’t know whether there are people here on EF who have studied law in Switzerland (bases on Roman Law and not Common Law). But that is all there is to it. Learning one stupid theory after another. There is nothing innovative, nothing new, nothing to be discovered. Some professor has already covered it after all, just learn what he/she said.
I knew it would be a lot of learning off by heart, but not to this extent. In my first year I didn’t even notice much, except for criminal law, because we had lots of basic subjects (history of law, roman law, economic for jurists etc.).
I realize science also has it’s theories. But there you can learn a theory and apply to many different cases. You can apply it where it hasn’t been applied before and see what happens!
I want to go home after a day at university thinking I actually learnt something today. I never get that feeling with law. It simply does not fulfill me.
Oh and another thing that drives me crazy: The whole rat-race atmosphere. Everyone in this department is so selfish, hiding books so no one else can read them, shoving and pushing before the lecture like it’s Black Friday, never willing to help out, reserving a whole row for their obnoxious friends with a scarf
and half the freaking students taking Ritalin! Is that really what awaits me there in the world of lawyers and courts? Please save me now!
And the deanery. The deanery
. Changing regulations for all students, even though they told us we could continue the way we started?! No more repetition tests in winter, so if you fail a test, you have to wait a whole year! No more exchanges with other German-speaking universities, because they don’t want their reputation ruined when everyone slags off how awful the faculty of law in Zurich is. They’re making it incredibly unappealing to study law in Zurich. I would never recommend it to anyone. Many who started with me have changed universities in the meantime because they were so dissatisfied.
So why did I get into law you may ask. It wasn’t entirely my decision. At least not consciously. I was 19/20 at that time and financially dependent on my parents. From the start they weren’t too happy that I chose English as my major and history as my minor. So when I dropped out of English, they pushed me into something where – in their eyes –I was bound to earn a lot. Yeah, they’re that kind of parents. Because money is all that matters, right
Ironically, I wasn’t interested in science and especially not at ETH. During Gymnasium, I wasn’t too good at math and physics, but I loved biology and chemistry. Since ETH is very math-heavy, I didn’t dare venture into it. So I though yeah, why not law, it doesn’t seem so bad. In retrospect of course it was dumb that I did what my parents told me to. But to be fair, what did I know about the world and my future. I was practically still a kid, I hadn’t seen anything but school at that point of my life. That and the fact I had no money, nowhere to go and was in general terrified of my parents, especially my father. So that’s how I ended up in law.
I don’t want to go through life with a ‘what if’ while I’m sitting in a stuffy office boring myself half to death.
Sorry for the long post