How to Be Successful in Your Last Semester of Law School
Year one is all about laying a solid foundation. Year two is all about gaining real-world experience. Year three? Well, that’s all about you.
By the time you become a 3L, you’ll be through the interrogation-like courses with professors who take great delight in the Socratic method. You’ll have to sit across from clients in clinics, hear their stories and wonder how in the world you would ever be able to help them.
You will have turned over the better part of your life to pursing a dream–and you will have earned the right to spend your last year of law school doing the things you want to do.
Yes, the last year of law school is all about you, so you better make the most of it. Here’s how:
Start something. Believe it or not, law school administrators and supporters (read: deans, associate deans, professors and alumni) view 3Ls more as colleagues than green, wet-behind-the-ears students who don’t know the difference between a misdemeanor and a gross misdemeanor.
By the time you’re a 3L, these people view you as soon-to-be colleagues. They want to help you, so if there is something you want to try, do, or start, your 3L year is the time to do it. Start a new student-run clinic. Organize for a political cause. Plan an event. Chances are good you’ll get support to help you make it a reality.
Don’t sleep on the bar exam. Once you walk the stage, shake the dean’s hand, and get your degree, there is only one thing standing between you and your goals: the bar exam.
You may be tempted to take it easy and not do bar review–either of them–if you’ve been doing well in your courses. Fight the temptation. Do anything and everything to prepare for the bar exam. Go to bar review. Hire a tutor. Do whatever it takes. Failing the bar exam will not only cost you valuable time, it will cost you a lot of money.
Make sure everything is in order. The last thing you need after three years of law school is a surprise that keeps you from participating in the commencement ceremony. Go talk to the registrar and make sure you have enough credits, have taken all the required courses and are a student in good standing. In other words, take a little time to make sure everything is in order.
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