Surviving Law School: Tips for 1Ls
Law School is a challenging experience, and miles away from your college years. For many, the adjustment can be a bit bumpy. Here are some tips to help keep you sane:
First off, Law School is not like undergrad. The reading is intense and copious, and you need to do it. There is nothing worse than being randomly called upon in class (i.e. the Socratic method) and not having done the reading. It is really hard to B.S. your way through Civ Pro. If you do fall behind, don’t freak out. Remember that most of your colleagues are in the same boat. Stick with the current reading and do the assignment(s) you missed when the most recent reading is complete.
Start outlining early. You don’t want to be stuck cobbling together an outline right before finals. Start in October, and add to it as the class progresses. It you find it helpful, get a small group together and divide portions of the outline to work on. Knowing that you have a solid outline as finals approach will reduce your anxiety immensely.
Be social and make friends at school. It is important to have a support network. A good way to meet people (other than in class) is to join a student organization or attend social events such as those sponsored by the Law Student Association.
That being said, also keep in touch with friends outside of law school. Stress begets stress, and if you only spend time with the law school crowd, your life will inevitably devolve into a nausea-inducing stressfest.
Finally, be sure to take some time off for yourself. Go for a run. Spend an hour reading a good book. Watch your favorite television show. If you don’t take a break every now and again you might lose it. You were smart enough to be accepted by BC, and you are smart enough to succeed here. Good luck, and in the words of the great Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t worry, be happy.”