Annual Round-Up of Faculty's Advice for First-Years
August 07, 2006 at 10:35 AM
Boy, it really is the time of year when advice for newly-minted lawyers and incoming first-years proliferates in the legal literature and the blogosphere! I recommend these posts from law student and law faculty bloggers for incoming first-years:
- Orin Kerr advises students to not worry excessively about feeling lost and to take advantage of professors’ office hours -- they really do want you to come and ask questions!
- Brandon Denning tells first-years to "treat law school like a job" and get enough exercise, but even more importantly, he warns them not to forsake outside interests. I would add that it’s equally as important to maintain your relationships with folks who aren’t involved in the life of the law school. Trust me, if you have a meltdown about your Civ Pro exam the night before the exam, it will be your spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor who isn’t in law school who will usually see you through your moment of temporary insanity. Your law school friends will probably be too busy reviewing their own outlines and scribbling out a last-minute practice exam to help you cope with your stress.
- Belle Lettre of Law and Letters has a very thoughtful post about the law school classroom experience, which is a must-read for all law students. She has some great points about the laptops in the classroom debate, but she also talks about her learning style and what worked for her in the classroom. Read her post and start thinking about your learning style and the best way to process the information that you pick up in the classroom.