Grace, otherwise known as Lipsticks and Lattes on YouTube, is a first year law student interested in becoming a Criminal Defense attorney. That’s right, apart from being a force to reckon with in the classroom, she also makes incredible vlogs about law school life, fashion, and beauty. Her channel has over 18,0000 subscribers and 1.2 million views. Here she shares some insights about; what it’s like to be in law school, her career aspirations, and her YouTube channel- Enjoy!
To start off, could you take us through what a typical day is like for you?
I wake up around 6:30 or 7 to have some coffee and get ready for school. I leave for class around 8:30. Class doesn’t start until 9:30, but with traffic my commute is around 45 minutes. I like to get to class early to set up and I don’t like to rush! I go to my morning class which ends at 11. I have a three hour break and I usually eat lunch, do homework, study, and hang out with my friends. Then I have an afternoon class and I get out at 3 or 4 depending on what class I have. I go home and do homework until 7 or 8 usually. After, I shower and get in bed to do it all over again! Its really repetitive, as you would know if you watch my videos, but I love it! I love routines so having a strict schedule works for me.
When and why did you decide on going to law school?
I decided I wanted to go to law school in my sophomore year of high school. My teacher for my A.P. U.S. History class showed us the movie “The Paper Chase” the first day of class and when I watched it I knew I had to go to law school. I really recommend that movie if you are thinking about going to law school or are starting soon! My teacher also taught a lot of Supreme Court cases that changed the country. I was really interested in the way the legal system worked. I also love school and learning, so going to school for three extra years on top of college sounded like fun to me (and I still think its fun).
What would you say are the biggest differences between your classes in undergrad and your classes in law school?
The amount of work required is a lot different. Undergrad I obviously had essays and projects, but law school is a lot more intense. There is a lot of reading to do every night. I also like to keep up with outlining so it doesn’t all pile up towards the end of the semester. Its also different because nothing is technically required. There are no tests other than one final, although I did have a midterm in my civil procedure class. The only thing required of you is to answer your cold call once or twice a semester. So because there is no work “due”, it’s really up to you to hold yourself accountable.
Do you have a favorite class right now?
I love my civil procedure class because I think procedural law is really interesting. It requires a lot of thinking and practice, which I like. Also, my professor is amazing and wants us to succeed, so that helps. But I really love every class because I am passionate about learning.
Is there an area or type of law that you are interested in pursuing? Why?
I want to practice criminal defense. I have my BA in criminal justice. When you study it, you realize how many people have been wrongly convicted, been sent to jail for years, are still in jail, or were executed. I think there needs to be a lot of reform in the criminal justice system. I also am very interested in constitutional law. My ultimate goal in life is to be a senator.
What advice would you give to other people who are unsure about whether going to law school is right for them?
I would say take a year off an intern or work at a law firm. Law isn’t for everyone. If you aren’t 100% sure you want to be a lawyer, take time off to think about it. A lot of people in my class aren’t straight out of college so you won’t feel like you’re “too old”. There is always time to go back to school. Going to law school is a full time job so you should make sure it is something you are sure you want to do.
What about to people currently working on their law school applications?
Write a really good personal statement! I think that really influences the decision of the person reading your application. If your GPA isn’t great or your LSAT score isn’t that high, having a good personal statement can help you a lot. Also, try to get a letter of recommendation from someone important. Don’t use a professor you had in freshman year or your old boss from a job you had in high school. I used my mentor/professor who I had every semester in college and my boss who I’ve worked for for 5 years.
Finally, switching gears a little, I know you make wonderful law school and college related videos on YouTube- what has that been like to balance?
It hasn’t been hard. I don’t hang out with friends or do anything on weeknights so if I have a video to edit, I definitely have the time to do it. A lot of people think you have zero free time in law school, which is true when you’re studying for finals or have a project due. But during a regular week I have a few hours every night that I can get YouTube stuff done. I’ve definitely sacrificed free time to make Youtube videos, but I wouldn’t change that! I like to spend Saturdays doing fun stuff like shopping or going out with friends to get it out of my system so I can get back to my usual work Sunday through Friday.
Thank you so much Grace for doing this interview, Grace!
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