Credited. And the best and most important advice, and the part that many law students seem to miss (even some posters on here who are law students) is the thinking like a lawyer does not stop at the end of your exams. Itís a skill you have to learn AND practice every day. Itís a skill you have to practice on your own outside of school. If the only time your thinking like a lawyer is when your reading a hypo, youíre not thinking like a lawyer. If the only time your using your logical skills is on exams, your missing the whole point of what law school is supposed to teach you but is not written in any book: changing the way you think about issues.
Best thing you can do to prepare for that is stop having black and white opinions on anything, now. From now on critically think about decisions and views you hold in your life. About arguments you make on these message boards. Go beyond your surface views of any issue and THINK about the pros and cons, how you would argue against what you truly believe, what holes are in your thinking. Practice this everyday throughout law school. It matters not if your opinion changes, only that you learn and practice THINKING about if your opinion could change and what it would take proof wise for you to get there.
This is thinking like a lawyer. Far too many law students think the only time youíre supposed to critically analyze things is when a hypo is in front of you, in everyday life they forget what they are being taught, they never really get it. You have to be able to see the issue without the issue being placed in front of you. In practice it wonít be a nice hypo for you to answer. So your critical thinking needs to be fine tuned almost to second nature by the time you graduate. You need to know, almost instinctively when an issue pops up without having anyone else point out its an issue for you. That only comes from taking the skills you learn about thinking beyond the classroom and applying them to everyday things. Then you start to see the hidden issues all around you. Then youíre thinking like a lawyer.
This is right-on. It amazes me how many fellow students don't realize that the world isn't black-and-white--and when I question their views they become extremely defensive and won't concede anything!
While I had this perspective even before law school, law school accentuates it in ways that few other experiences can.
Also, I'd like to add that every law student should try to do at least some practical experience such a clinic, where they're working very close to clients. THEN you see that the human side of lawyering is also very important!