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Things to Do to Prepare for the Upcoming Year of Law School

Law school is generally considered a very stressful time. All the new information and law school-related quirks can be overwhelming and consume a lot of time for both the new – and seasoned – student. However, the more prepared in advance, the more successful you’ll be. Here are a few things that you can do to prepare and set yourself apart from your classmates from the very beginning…

Run Your Errands
Go to the dentist, get your hair cut, make an appointment to get your eyes checked – basically do anything and everything you need to do. You won’t want to take the time to do these things after the semester starts, so it’s best to get them all out of the way before the first day of class.

Develop Good Habits for Your Body
Start eating well and going to the gym regularly. The healthier you are, the better you’ll perform.Plus exercise is also a great way to take a break and de-stress during the semester.

Oh, and don’t forget to start sleeping earlier so you get used to going to bed at a reasonable hour and waking up earlier. The early bird catches the worm, right? Or actually, the early rising law student catches their professors during office hours…?

Consider Law Tutors
Okay so maybe we’re a little biased, but it’s true! Law school requires a new way of studying and thinking, and it’s best to get your advice and work with people who know what they’re talking about and can start you off on the right foot right away. Your new classmates will be just as confused as you are, so searching out a law tutor can be a great way to get help from an expert and figure things out from Day 1.

Do a Little Research
Know what you’re getting yourself into before you step foot in the door. There are plenty of books that give advice on success in law school – read more than one so that you can get the full picture. Many students enter law school without any idea of what is most important to get a job and even what field of law they want to pursue, so they simply rely on the advice of other students, many of whom also don’t know what’s important. Like considering law tutors (obviously), taking the time to research beforehand can save you a lot of wasted time and stress.

Set a Schedule for Yourself Based on What’s Best for YOU
It’s good to have a set study schedule and stick to it, but make sure you consider yourself when you set it. Are you better at studying in the morning or at night? Do you need frequent breaks to stay on track or are large chunks better? The better you know yourself, the better off you’ll be.

Whatever happens this year, have a good time. Law school gets stressful, but don’t let it get you down. Remember that you’re here for a reason and you’re following your passion, so make the most out of your experience and catapult yourself for a successful career in whatever field of law you decide to pursue.


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