Tips for 1Ls

Congratulations to all of you who have been accepted to law school.  That is the first obstacle.  The second one is succeeding in law school.  The first semester of law school can be overwhelming.  Everything seems to be written in Greek — or Latin, more appropriately.  But, you can alleviate some of the anxiety by doing some homework before you start 1L classes.

Success in the first semester of law school is critical, and it can establish an important pattern for you.  Success not only will give you confidence but it will set a high bar of achievement that you will want to continue in the following semesters.  Law is a competitive profession, and distinguishing yourself in your course work during law school is a keystone to meeting the competition head on.

Here are some suggestions on some sources that will help to prepare you from Day One of law school.  The sources presented in this Above The Law article are from Law School Toolbox where my friend Alison Monahan and her partner Lee Burgess provide great advice for law students.

I also recommend the following sources from my publisher, Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers.  WK/ Aspen has been in the business of publishing assist materials for law students for a long time, and here are a few of their most popular products:

Open Book: Succeeding on Exams From the First Day of Law School by Barry Friedman, John C. P. Goldberg;

What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law by Tracey E. George, Suzanna Sherry; and

Whose Monet? An Introduction to the American Legal System by John Humbach.

Check out these sources and dive into a few of them.  It will be time well spent.  Then, put the books aside and have some fun.  All work and no play is not a winning formula!

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