Welcome to law school! As any lawyer can tell you, the first year of law school is alternately terrifying and thrilling. Most law students have been successful in other academic endeavors (after all, that’s how you get into law school!), but 1L year is a whole new ballgame. Below you’ll find some of our favorite posts for new law students, along with links to lots more content that might be useful for you.
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What Lee Learned Her 1L Year
Here’s a story from Lee Burgess, co-founder of the Law School Toolbox, about her 1L reality check:
In a way, I was lucky, because both of my parents are lawyers.
True story: The first Thanksgiving I was in law school I went home to spend time with my family. My mother took it upon herself to quiz me to get me ready for my Torts exam.
We were sitting at my parents’ kitchen table and she said, “How is the studying going?”
“Fine,” I replied.
“Great, so let’s see, you know all of the Tunkl factors then.”
“Yes, I understand them.”
“OK, but what are they?”
I started to fumble through the factors, listing them out of order and slightly incorrectly.
My mom put down the outline and looked at me very seriously:
“Understanding them generally is not good enough. You have to know them and be able to write them down. Perfectly. Every time.”
So this made me very nervous, as I realized I had never taken a test before that required so much precise detail. You had to know the right language, not just the general ideas.
After that talk I quickly broke out my Torts outline and started memorizing everything!
It wasn’t fun, but thank goodness my mother clued me in to the reality of law school exams, before the big day arrived.
Maybe you’re not fortunate enough to have two lawyer parents to guide you through law school, but all is not lost! We’ve got lot of useful stuff for you, if you just keep reading. Best of luck on your law school journey!
Useful Advice for Brand-New 1Ls
Useful Advice for All 1Ls
Lessons from My 1L Year
Collections of Useful Posts
Interested in finding out more about a particular topic area? Check out these collections of useful materials as you move through law school:
- Strategies for Pre-Law Students
- Strategies for New Law Students
- Preparing for & Surviving Law School Classes
- Law School Outlining 101
- Law School Exam Prep 101
- Law School Study Strategies for Different Learning Styles
- Legal Research & Writing
- Cultivating a Mindset for Success in Law School
- Time & Life Management in Law School
- Using Technology in Law School
- Law School Career Tips
- Law School Toolbox Podcast Archive
- Recommended Resources and Supplements
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