1L Life Advice

It is no surprise that your first year of law school will be a challenge; whether you are coming straight through from Undergrad or have been working in the public sector a few years, the integration into law school will be a new experience which poses its own unique challenges to each student. However, there are some quick and easy things that you can do to make your first year of law school more rewarding and seamless.

It is very beneficial for you to reach out and get to know your peers. Although law school can be a competitive environment, it benefits no one for you to ostracize yourself away from your classmates. It is so helpful to befriend others who are going through the exact same thing you are at the exact same time. Additionally, it is helpful when establishing study groups during finals season and throughout the year. It is also helpful to carpool to networking events with others so that you never have to walk into an  networking event by yourself.

I have mentioned this in the past, but I strongly recommend using a planner and putting in all important test dates, readings and networking events the moment you learn about them. This is a good way to stay organized and to ensure that you never miss an important event or date. I prefer google calendars, because you can also set up reminders for yourself hours or days in advance.

Another tip that is often pushed aside is to set up your life so law school can be as feasible as possible. Meaning, try to live as close to school as you can, maintain your healthy habits that you had before starting 1L. Don’t throw everything aside, I’ve found re-decorating my apartment, or taking a run on the esplanade to be vital in times where I just needed to step back and see the bigger picture. It is important to have your personal time to check-in with yourself. Mental health is so important and is the foundation for a successful 1L year.

There have been many memes and jokes depicting 1L life as entering a cave, ignoring friends and family for months on end. I believe this behavior to be unhealthy and disrespectful. Though I understand you may not have as much time to devote to close friends and family as you would like or have perhaps done in the past, it is important not to forget the people who have helped you get to where you are today. Everyone can spare 5-10 minutes to call or text home.

At the end of the day, law school is a privilege. It is an honor to have accomplished the numerous hoops required to get here: Primary School, High School, College, LSAT, the application process are all great leaps and accomplishments on their own. Never forget you wanted this and still do. Your life is at the mercy of your perspective. If you choose to be optimistic and grateful you will find the 1L year challenging yet rewarding. If you choose to see it as a miserable year of life, then that is exactly what it will be. Not everyone is presented the opportunity to continue their studies and learn the law, be humble and appreciative.

Thousands of students take on 1L every year, and have been for decades. Reflect on that and 1L can be seen as a right of passage that so many previous and present students have accomplished.

Relax, you got this.

2 Comments

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Frank C. posted on June 10, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Coincidently, I was just watching a video on YouTube from today, from Price EA, pertaining to such subject. Studying is not for everyone, dedicating hours of reading, especially at law school. But, keep at it, do your best because it will pay off. Emotionally, be sure it is something you love because if you get a job you love, you will be happier and live longer!! Be optimistic. It is your duty to be happy for your own sake. Happiness it not easy, but you have to try. We don’t have much time on this earth, don’t let it go to waste.

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