I wish that I came across this thread before 1L year started back in August! It's all good though, but what a crazy and exciting year its been. Two more final exams to tackle! I wish you all much luck and success! :)
I was given wonderful advice prior to my first year: do what is comfortable to you.
If you don't like studying in groups-- don't. If you don't feel like you get enough out of working on your own-- find a group. You like the Outlining method to study, do that. If you like notecards/flashcards, that's fine.
Do not listen to what other students say (unless, of course, they're talking about a reading assignment that you forgot about-- definitely jump on that). But what I mean is, some people will try to psych you out. Others will unintentionally psych you out because they're describing how they do their work-- but that's not how you have to do yours.
Obviously you have done something right with studying if you've gotten into law school. Now is not the time to change your habits.
And although I agree with my fellow law students on here saying you don't have to do as much work on briefing as you think you do--- I think you need to to learn what is relevant and what is not. And if you start short-cutting now, you might be skipping an important filtering process that you develop with over-noting. Just a thought.
Be confident, be strong, ask questions when you need to. Chin up. It's hell, and we get through it one class at a time.
Having a good foundation is definitely important, and being able to communicate effectively will help a great deal! I had a few friends who did long distance and they are still going strong! It does get tough when your entire day feels consumed with law school (studying, preparing, reviewing, class time), and you will soon get to a point where all you talk about it law school. Having someone on the outside to bring you back to reality is nice, I hope it works out for you! Good luck.
you are all awesome! thanks so much for the tips! btw, my boyfriend and i have been long distance for the last year, and will only be two hours away from each other by train come next week. any advice on managing relationships while being in law school?
Avoiding the stress out trap is great advice! I will also say avoid a lot of partying and the drama associated with that. I think it is so important to take one day totally off from school. For me it was Saturday. I would run, do house work, laundry, hang out with friends, and relax at the beach. I think it is SO key to have down time. This goes well with the avoiding stress idea because having that day off planned lets you have a break to re-set and re-fresh your brain. I think it really helps along with sleeping. Now and then you may have to work on a day off or loose some sleep but try your best to avoid it and do it only in an emergency (i.e. brief/memo due in the morning hehehe).
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I don't color code my highlighting, I just highlight important parts of the case and write notes in the margins. I don't brief cases at all during the semester apart from book briefing. Once I begin outlining (about 8 weeks before exams), I reread the cases and brief them/make connections/take notes of concepts and trends. When it comes to exams, it's about concepts and the thought process of the judges so I learned second semester to focus on that instead of details.
TA sessions are really helpful as well and next year I'll take advantage of office hours more often.
The most important thing is balance. I made sure to sleep 7-8 hours a night and I felt my best when I was working out and eating right. I also stayed away from stressful people like the plague. I'm a pretty stress-free person and 1L is full of people who have all of this nervous energy. I chose to surround myself with people that got their work done but didn't believe they had to be martyrs to do so. I'm going to stick to this plan for 2L as well. Lots of positive energy and balance
I use a color coding highlighting system along with notes in the margins. For me yellow= facts (be careful to only pick out the really important stuff like who are the parties to the suit and why), orange = issue, pink = rule (most important usually) and green for any words that needed defined.
I used one note and my friends who didn't and switched to one note said it was the best thing they had done for note taking. Also be sure to attend every class. Skipping or being late is just a bad idea.
I have done that, but don't like it as much as having notes. I like a short hand synopsis of the text, especially when the readings are more dense than others. One of my friends swears by the highlighter method though!
Even though it is a good thing to learn how to brief your cases I wish I'd realized that you don't have to write them out and spend SO much time on it. By the end of the first semester I just took my notes in my book w/ highlighting and pulled the rule off the internet. Ecase briefs for example. But note: DO NOT ever skip reading a case and try to get away with reading the ecase brief word for word to the Prof. They DO know and will grill you extra hard.
Don't over edit your memo. Edit it and be sure it is clean, but don't cut out too much by over editing.
Also.... be careful who you give info to. Really know people before you fully trust them. And keep your facebook super privet or don't have one at all.
Good Luck! Work hard, get plenty of sleep (best tip yet) and learn what works for YOU. Everyone is different. Also I recommend 1L of a ride. GREAT book!
Sleep. Sleep now. And don't forget to get on a regular schedule of lots of sleep before and while you are in law school. Sleep helps you form memories and learn new material. Trust me. Sleep is what will keep you sane, and will radically improve your chance at making the grades. It will be so tempting to miss sleep to study, but its a loan on time with interest, because your later time will be much less effective if you are sleep deprived. (As a bonus, sleep helps you maintain your weight via the secretion of specific hormones. So sleep pulls double duty.)
What I wish I had done, was gotten into a workout routine right off the bat. It is very easy to get overwhelmed with the enormous amount of work you will be responsible for, and you would rather not waste precious study time in the gym.
I have come to realize, however, that I am much more efficient and effective in my studies when I have consistently been working out. So take the time to work out, even when you think you don't have time. You will have much more energy and focus to dedicate to your studies if you do this. Good luck!
i'm an incoming 1l and have read up on the basics ("law school confidential", etc) in anticipation of a challenging first year. my question for you is, what do you wish you had known going in? this can pertain to law school in general or to keeping fit while there.
some of you are rounding the bend (or just past it!), so now is the time to start sharing your hard-earned wisdom!
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