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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: To Prep or Not To Prep
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:56:25 PM »
I suppose I'm one of your special little snowflakes. I am a full-time employee at the university where I am starting law school part-time ($45 a semester for classes, I can't afford not to go here and I have health insurance and a retirement plan!).  I have very little debt and I have no illusions that from a tier 2 school I will likely never be recruited by a large firm with beaucoup bucks. My aim with my education is earn a JD/MS in water and resource law so I can practice environmental law at a government agency or a non-profit. I have a strong understanding that I may end up writing wills and working at legal aid for no money. For me the fear that I will be trapped in debt and unemployable is a bit moot. The worst that happens to me is that I get a useless degree which I'll have to hide from my resume so I can be underemployed. BFD.

So, I've been preparing most of the summer by getting as much fun packed in as I possibly can since I will attend law school part-time and am staring down the barrel of a 5-6 year term. Now that summer is on the decline, I am starting to read the recommended books and finding that they aren't particularly helpful. I am an ABA certified paralegal and have experience in a public and private law firm setting so I have a bit more experience than the regular 1L but having been out of law for 2-3 years I'm sure I'm rusty at the  IRAC and CASE methods. My classes this year will be legal research/writing and civil procedure - I'm not sure how I can prepare if not by the actual classes I took in my paralegal and the work experience on litigation. Should I calm down and not worry so much? Should I familiarize myself with my outlines from my past classes? Look ahead at the textbooks they assigned?

My anxiety seems un-affected by reading the trite how to succeed in law school books. I know what it's like to sit in a law library overnight shepardizing cases to triple check it's the most recent case law, and exams are certainly stressful but not as stressful as knowing the strength/weakness of your arguments could mean a parent losing custody of their children or someone losing their home.

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