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What Prelaws Need to Do While Waiting for Law School

Now that you’ve applied to your law schools, what should you do with all your free time?

Here are three smart things to do while you wait to hear back from the various admissions offices.

Take a little time for yourself.

Applying is hard work. There’s the LSAT, the personal statement, the documents and the references to solicit.

Now that’s it’s over with, take a day or two to relax and clear your mind. Don’t think about law school, whether or not you’ll get accepted to your top choice and how you’re going to pay for it. In fact, don’t think about law school at all; there’s nothing you can do about it right now, anyway.

Take time to do the things you won’t have time to do once classes start—watch some bad reality television, take a road trip, hang out with friends, sleep in.

It will be good for you, and it may be one of your last opportunities to enjoy some downtime for three years.

What Prelaws Need to Do While Waiting for Law SchoolPosition yourself to hit the ground running.

After you’ve spent a few days relaxing, it’s time to get busy preparing for your first day of class—wherever that will be.

While each law school has a different culture, their first-year curricula are very similar. Take a look at each school’s website and see which first-year courses they have in common. Then start researching those courses.

Go online and find discussion forums about the topics. Familiarize yourself with the terminology used. See if you can figure out which legal theories the courses are designed to teach you. And, if you’re feeling super motivated, try to find a current law school student or law tutor who you can talk to about the courses.

Knowing which basic principles you’ll need to keep an eye out for during your first year will give you a head start over your classmates. Remember, you want to finish in the top 10 percent of your class, and you can’t do that if you don’t get off to a fast start.

Start your job search.

One of the things that surprises law school career counselors is the lack of attention incoming student pay to their job search.

It’s understandable on a certain level—their professional careers are still three years away. But the sooner you get your resume in order and start making contacts, the sooner you’ll land an externship, clerkship or job.


About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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