1L year is finally over! It is extremely bittersweet and at the same time insane to look back at how far I have come. I have spent countless hours reading, writing, and stressing about this year. I prepared and obsessed over how intense law school would be and it was a lot more work and time than I could have imagined. When looking back, I only have a few tips for incoming 1Ls when preparing for the year.
1. Create a Support System
This year would have been impossible to complete if it were not for my support system of friends and family. They were always a short text or call away to support me and answer my questions about 2L and 3L year. Sometimes being in the law school and talking to law students is stressful. It was nice to call my friends in medical school or those working to provide some perspective.
2. Know yourself
When starting law school, it is easy to follow the crowd and do what everyone else is doing. I found that it is important to take a step back and reassess why you came to law school and what you want to do after law school.
Law School is extremely stressful. It is important to take a step back and find people or things to do that relaxes you. Many people say “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” So, it is important to take breaks and relax.
Needless to say, I am happy with my choice to become a lawyer and to attend BU. My days and nights were dedicated to preparing for class. I spent nights listening to Barbri videos (which are awesome by the way), reviewing my notes, and cramming a lot of information into my head. I tried to combat stress by studying at home, studying with friends, and balancing my time between reading and Netflix breaks (I recommend Jessica Jones). Overall, I am SO glad to be done with my first year of law school but I am even more excited to be home for the summer.