The semester is over, and it is finally time to not be focused on law school! I am sure you know that law school is very stressful. Thus, it is crucial that you take your break seriously. Breaks are very important for your health. They allow you to catch up on your sleep, see people you (probably) have not seen in awhile, and just de-stress in general. Follow these tips in order to prepare yourself for the new semester while on break:
Take a deep breath. You deserve it! Whether it is the first break since you started law school, or this is your last, you need time to just relax. Exam periods are stressful, especially in law school. You have gone through weeks of all-day studying, preparing, and testing. Now you can just enjoy your time off! You need to sleep in and not be worried about finishing legal research or reading your mountains of casebooks. Instead, you need to focus on rejuvenating and replenishing your health.
It is no surprise to anyone when I say law school takes a lot of time and effort. This is why you should use the break to catch-up! Maybe there was a show that you wanted to start but could not with the craziness of the semester. Or maybe you just want a break from reading casebooks and want to enjoy reading again with a new novel. Whatever the case, this is your time to get caught up with all of the things you did not have leisure time to do.
Family And Friends
It is safe to say that you probably have not seen your friends and family as much as you wanted this semester. The nice thing about breaks is that you do not have to focus on the 50 pages of Contracts reading that you need to finish before Monday. Instead, you can spend time with your loved ones guilt-free. If this is the holiday break, enjoy the holidays and do not think about the next semester until after the festivities.
Whether your professor uses WestLaw or Lexis, your class information will probably be up at some point of the break. You will need to search for the class on your law schools’ portal and then add it to your courses. This way you will be able to download your syllabus for each class and get organized for the upcoming semester. This will get your mind focused on the new semester while also allowing yourself to stay on up of your assignments before the term begins.
If your professor has created your web course, you most likely have a reading assignment for the first day of class. Towards the end of your break, you should slowly start working on these assignments. Not only will this allow you to get ahead for the first week back, you will also be able to put your “lawyer brain” back on. This way, you will be ready for any questions or cold calls right away, which will help lower some first-week anxiety.
Towards the end of your break, you need to start preparing yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally for business as usual. Law school is stressful and while breaks are crucial for your health, they can also be distracting for your legal education. You stop thinking about the law all day, every day and instead focus on relaxing. This is definitely a good thing, you need to take a mental break from law school, but you also need to get mentally ready for class again. While professors will understand some slow-moving pace at the beginning of the semester, they still expect you to be an excellent law student. Thus, it is important to get ready for law school before you go back from break.
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