In my opinion, law school is a lot like basketball: Both have a certain rhythm or flow about them that one needs to discover and integrate into the way they go about doing things before they can realize their potential. In basketball, this is the rhythm you see when a player has that extra "hop" in his or her step, when he or she shoots the ball in a smooth and controlled manner, and when he or she can anticipate the moves of other players on the court. In law school, it's the rhythm you notice when a student seems completely engaged and in tune with the material of a class. I can't say I'm always in this rhythm but there have been times in law school when I reach that moment of clarity, something suddenly clicks, and the material finally makes sense. As a student, it's great when you find that rhythm. Attending lecture becomes enjoyable and a lot of the stress that normally comes along with being in law school is lost. Unfortunately, just as in basketball, law school rhythm can be easily lost. Missing a lecture, burning out, personal obligations, distractions from school, can all cause a student to loose that all so important rhythm.
This brings me to my next point: Law school and basketball also require a lot of energy. As a quasi-die-hard fan, the disappointment I feel when the Los Angeles Lakers lose a game is hard to convey in words. But I understand that there are times when the players just don't have enough energy to win. There are 82 games in the NBA regular season and it's unreasonable to expect any team to have the energy to win every game and still have enough left over to be successful during the playoffs. Thus, teams usually try to win enough games to make it into the playoffs and get a favorable seeding while trying to conserve as much energy as possible for a long post-season run. The type of energy and motivation a student needs to have in order to perform well during "finals-season" is similar to that a basketball player needs to perform well in the playoffs. The semester, or as I like to call it the "regular season" can be a long and grueling time for a lot of students; especially during semesters with heavy course-loads and hectic schedules which include more obligations and time commitments than just lectures. It can be difficult to go through three and a half months of class only to have to crank-up the intensity level for finals or "law school post-season."
In a semester that's included my last Turf Club, last first-day of class, last law school prom and many other "lasts," I hope I've developed enough rhythm and have enough energy left over to do well on my last set of finals.