1. Don’t open facebook/email/google crafts while in class. Time wasted playing tetris is time you will have to make up double studying to understand what the professor said while you weren’t listening. (you’d think this was obvious…but I had bad habits coming out of OC)
2. Don’t bother with how other students are doing, or judge how much time you should spend studying based on anyone but yourself. There are people who downplay how much time they study, and others who you say they don’t even have time to eat. Do what you think is necessary.
3. Take time off. Yes, I like to take an hour or so after school to craft, or work extra hard during the week so I can take time off to go places on the weekends. Thinking about all law school, all the time will drive you crazy
4. Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers. (except for the ones trying to lure you into their car with a puppy....ever had a traumatizing childhood televised event?)anyway, the first few weeks I walked up to random people all the time to ask where things were...everyone knows what you are going through.
5. Be open-minded. Don’t get frustrated about having to re-learn everything you thought you knew about studying. Take it day by day, then one day you will look back and realize you freaked out after orientation for nothing.
6. Get excited to think about your future. We have law firms come talk to use all the time, and don’t be afraid to picture yourself in their position in a couple of years. Sometimes that is the only thing to keep me going!
7. You will know you are a law student when everything makes you think “someone could get sued for that”: from stopping shoplifters, to manning parking garages, pulling out chairs from under someone, and even driving an ice cream truck.