When I started law school, I was a mess. I just came back from a crazy South American Backpacking trip. I didn´t have a place to live. I read a book about preparing for law school that had a sailboat on the cover, and was promptly hit in the head with a sailboat boom days before beginning class. Things looked bleak at best.
Almost theatrically, I received my last grade on the last possible day for submitting grades (today) - and guess what - I GOT AN A!!!! My very first one. I´m so happy I´m literally dancing in my South American seat.
Law Students are not known for being a friendly bunch.
That's why I'm happy to say that now that the first year is in the bag, I really did get on well with just about everybody in my section, including the people (who shall remain nameless) who were the classic motivated at all costs law students.
There is no numerically measurable category for the type of people at an institution, and in a case like law school where you spend all your time with only 1/4th of the population of a given year, it is even harder to measure. So, either I got lucky and got an interesting, dynamic, and engaged bunch of people, or maybe people at my school tend to be that way, or maybe it was all a fluke and all the cool kids decided to come to law school at the same time, and that time is over.
In any case, the people sitting next to you really have the power to make or break your year as a suffering law student, and I think for the most part my classmates were civil, likeable, engaging, thought-provoking, and diverse enough to make the whole experience better. Now that I'm NOT a 1L, I get to pick my classes, which gives me the ability in some cases to pick what kinds of people I will study together with. So, in one very real sense, the hard part represented by the possibility of back-stabbing over-competitive law student classmates, is more or less over.