How To Be A Successful 1-
Ah, the first year of law school. It’s full of reading, reading and … more reading. It’s not all reading, though. It offers its fair share of insecurity, embarrassment and failure. The key to succeeding during your first year of law school? Well, that’s just common sense …
Common Sense Rule Number One: Read
Kids these days … . They just don’t like to read. That may or may not be true (some studies indicate that kids actually read more today than they did in the past–it’s just that they are reading texts and Instagram posts, which may or may not be written in proper English).
But one thing can’t be denied: If you’re in law school, you need to be prepared to read.
Studying the law is all about reading–casebooks, decisions, professors’ personal manifestos–so plan for it and prepare to give your eyes a workout. If you fail to read everything your professor assigns, you’ll fail to succeed in law school.
Common Sense Rule Number Two: Confidence
Every section has a couple of “gunners.” Gunners are the students who sit in the front row, throw their shoulder’s out of socket by trying so hard to answer first and spend an inordinate amount of time kissing up to professors. If you’re not full of confidence, gunners can make you feel insecure.
So be confident.
Focus on the material being presented in class, not who is trying to take over the class. Understand that overzealous students are not more likely to land a great job. And, most importantly, remain confident in your abilities. Very few people get to formally study the law, and you are one of them. That’s a good spot to be in. So make the absolute most of it.
Everyone fails, although it doesn’t happen to many school students until they get to law school. But it will happen. You’ll answer a question poorly, miss out on law review or do poorly on an exam. When it happens, don’t give up. Don’t quit. Remember: It’s natural. And the good news is this: You still have plenty of opportunity to recover by reading, staying confident and doing all the things you’ve always done to be the best at what you do.
Don’t quit. Earning your J.D. might seem like it takes forever when you’re in the throes of it–but it’s only three or four years.
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