Prepping for Law School During the Summer
Ah the lazy days of summer. Fluffy white clouds drifting pleasantly across the sky. Crystal-clear water lapping at your toes. Time standing still. No responsibilities. No pressure. Nothing to prepare for each day—unless you’re heading to law school this fall.
For rising law school students, summer vacation is a unicorn, a fallacy, something that only exists in their daydreams. At least, it is for those who want to hit campus ready to succeed.
Sure, there are those among the incoming class who will ignore their pending matriculation. And there are those who will think about sporadically, between sips of their favorite local craft brews. But the smart ones—the ones who will have the best chance to hit the ground running and finish in the top 10 percent of their classes—use the month just before law school starts to prepare.
Get to know your professors
No, you don’t have to visit their offices. Most aren’t around during the summer anyway. Instead, read their biographies and bibliographies, talk to students who have taken their courses, and find out what matters to the professors.
You’ll learn whether they teach from the text books or off the cuff, whether they’re demanding or relaxed in class, and what you’ll need to do to get a good grade.
Connect with other students
Speaking of other students—meet them. The earlier you start making connections with your future classmates and colleagues, the more smoothly your transition to law school will be.
Walking into a classroom and seeing a recognizable face will help calm your nerves. You’ll know that at least one other person is as nervous as you are—and that can be comforting.
Hire a law tutor
Want to know how to finish in the top 10 percent? Hire a law tutor before classes begin. He or she can help you begin to learn to think like a law school students—and that’s half the battle.
Do something fun
Law school is hard. Take a little time for yourself. It may be your last chance to do so for three or four years. Some might tell you to get a job in the legal industry, and if you have the opportunity to do so you should. But if you don’t, don’t sweat it. Get out and do something fun.
Read “To Kill a Mockingbird”
It will inspire you and remind you why lawyers are so important.
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