August 31, 2016
August 28, 2016
Organize your syllabus
Be realistic with yourself
Experiment with different study styles
August 26, 2016
Hellooooo! I hope everyone's semester has started off as well as mine has! Not going to lie, the first day of class as a transfer student was slightly awkward when literally everyone but me was buddied up and sitting in a group with their friends from last year and I was just chilling by myself. But luckily, a girl who was an officer with me in Phi Alpha Delta during undergrad is in one of my classes so I instantly had a go-to person! This is why you should always try to join an organization people.
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But anyways now that I'm getting into the flow of school, I thought this would be a great time to set some goals for the semester. Last year I only had two goals: 1) don't drop out and 2) get good enough grades to transfer. While I accomplished both of these goals, they were a little too broad and I think I should've been a little more specific and set smaller goals that would help me achieve my overall goals. So that's what I'm going to do this semester! I'm sharing them with y'all to give you some inspiration to make your own goals and to have some accountability by making mine public. So here goes...
Read every case
Add highlights from the text to notes weekly
Summarize each chapter after finishing it
Update outlines bi-weekly
(here's a post on how to get started on outlines)
Review outlines bi-weekly
(btw, don't worry about getting started on your outlines until after like month because you just won't have enough to put in them yet anyways)
Update flashcards monthly
Keep an updated case list
Speak up in at least one class a week
August 24, 2016
Well guys I have now completed two law school orientations. I didn't realize how nervous I had been the first time around until this time when everyone around me was a nervous wreck and I was just like, chill guys. This time when I was given free swag from Lexis I wasn't confused because I knew all about them. And when a professor used a term and then followed it by saying "you'll learn more about this later," I already knew what they were referencing.
What you do is on the front split your page into about 1/3 on one side and 2/3 on the other. For 1/3 you'll have the main parts of your brief, and then right beside it on the larger half you can take notes about that brief. That way you're not switching back and forth between the two. On the back you make a summary of that case so that you'll have all this information already together and ready for your outline.
August 21, 2016
Told y'all I have lots of amazing guest posts planned coming up! Today I'm super excited to collaborate with a fellow law school blogger on how we're preparing for a new year of law school.
PS -- Find more from Heather and other law school bloggers in our group Pinterest board!
Minor: Political Science
What does a typical schedule look like?
Syllabi – More than just a piece of paper with the class policy.
You have the syllabus, now how far ahead should you plan?
Where did you get your books and how much did they cost?
Wait… There’s homework for the first day of class?
How will you take notes?
Is there anything else you think is important?
August 19, 2016
Ahh this is it! It's so exciting for me to see a lot of y'all starting your 1L year after spending almost a year trying my best to help y'all know what to expect and answer any questions. I know some of y'all won't start for another week (hate you) and others of y'all have already started your 1L year, but my first week starts on Monday so I'm posting about it now.
The first week of law school is exciting because you're officially a legit 1L after that first class, but I know it can be really stressful trying to pretend like you're not the most clueless person in your section. I'm not as nervous as y'all because this is my 3rd semester of this gig, but I am still nervous because once again it's a new school where I know like no one, new professors that I don't yet know if they're hard or not, and a new school system so I don't know where to find things or what things are. So I'm still in the boat with you and will be taking my own advice for this week.
Do Your Readings and Your Briefs
|Stole this from my friend SGF :)|
Speak Up in Class
Put Your Planner to Use
Related: The Best Planner for Law School and Law School Planners Part 2
Fix Your School Email
Meet With Your Study Group
Related: How to Stay Fit in Law School
|Update: She actually did really well in Torts (read how she did it here)|
- Tips for a 1L
- Creating a Study Plan
- Fall '16 Goals
- Orientation: Take 2
- Tips for Starting Your 1L Year, From a 1L and 2L
- 6 Things To Do Your First Week of Law School
- How to Read a Casebook
- What to Wear to Orientation
- Starting Law School Early
- Essential Law School Supplies
- Law School Vocab
- All About Quimbee
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