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Masked: Surveilling the Self


We may be thinking it, but our hands are not raised. Today’s Harvard Law School is decidedly different from the one described in Prof. Montoya’s piece, not due to an absence of critical thoughts, but to an unwillingness to share them.

In forming section families during 1L, HLS has spawned a self-surveilling community of peers that pretends at friendship for fear of either making immediate waves or alienating ourselves from future networks. We fan out from lecture in small pockets of confidantes, sharing our anger or frustration with a particular statement or case, but in the classroom, there is no boisterous policy discussion, no free exchange of ideas, no honest conversation. If the Socratic method was ever anything but an autocratic tool, it has been sacrificed on the altar of televised confirmation hearings, the eternal memory of the Internet, and 80 person families soon to become nothing more than LinkedIn alumni groups.

We have each either accepted that we will leave as we entered or realized that we no longer have to spread lies about our good intentions to find success in a world of guaranteed six-figure salaries.


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