Before I started law school, I got a lot of great advice. (Read about the best nuggets of wisdom I received here!) While these conversations definitely helped me avoid a lot of potential 1L pitfalls and assuage many of my worries, it’s hard to know what law school will be like, and particularly what it will be like for you personally, until you actually do it. Now that I’m finished with my first year and have the benefit of experience, I want to share a few things I wish I could tell my pre-1L self before entering law school. [Read more…] about Four Things I Wish I Could Tell My Pre-1L Self
If you’re planning on going to law school, you’ve probably heard a lot about what it’s like. Maybe you’ve been told how hard it is, or how cutthroat people can be, or how scary cold calls are. You might have some stereotypes in mind from TV or movies of what being a law student looks like.
Coming into law school, I knew that it would be challenging, and that I would be busy, and those things have certainly held true. In many ways, law school has lived up to the stereotypes—lots of reading, use of the Socratic method, new ways of thinking and analyzing. But I was also surprised by a lot of things during the first week of law school, whether for the better or worse. [Read more…] about Things that Surprised Me the First Week of Law School
While it may be relieving that 1L year is over, 2L year will present its own set of challenges – and you should make sure you’re ready for them! It may not be as scary as 1L year, but there will likely be many additions to your schedule during 2L that will require you to adapt to new circumstances. Below are a few things you should consider doing to set yourself up for a successful second year. [Read more…] about How to Set Yourself Up for a Successful 2L year
Oh studying, probably the most difficult, but most important, aspect of law school. This is especially true for 1Ls. You just start law school, are thrown into classes and are now expected to understand the law based on reading cases? Most first year law students are stressed, over-worked, and a bit frustrated. This is because they are just being introduced how to think about the law and conceptualize legal theory. This is great and all, but many students struggle with how and when to study. 1Ls have to juggle classes, figuring out what the heck law is, and all their other engagements as well. One way to tackle the great debate on when to study is to create a study schedule. [Read more…] about Making a Study Schedule for 1Ls
There can be a sharp learning curve in law school. The style of teaching and testing found in most law schools is different from other educational experiences, and it will require you to modify (or sometimes completely abandon) many of the study habits you relied on during undergrad. To do your best right from the start and give yourself a shot at the top of the curve, you not only need to quickly develop effective law school study skills, but you also have to avoid the ineffective strategies. Read on to learn about 10 common study mistakes new law students make so that you can avoid them during your 1L year. [Read more…] about Avoid These 10 Common 1L Mistakes
Summer ended and fall came to the law school in full swing. To say that I have been a law student for so long already is exciting. With the coming months come new challenges and adventures, but each is a step closer to becoming a lawyer. This second half of the semester is going to be stressful and much different than the last, but I will have to get through it just as I did this one. [Read more…] about 1L Perspective at the Mid-Semester Point