Thank you so much for this advice
So what do you think are the top 5 mistakes of every college freshman? and what do you think is the biggest NO-NO for those who want to get into a great law school?
I know pledging early in your undergraduate career is a big mistake but what other things should prospective students avoid?
I think one important thing is getting to know profs. It's tough to do your first year, but even so, take advantage of visiting professors and TAs (they can be a valuable ally) during their office hours. Once you get into smaller classes, try to develop a relationship with your professors. Actively participate in class (not because you're a brownnosing dweeb, but because you have a genuine interest in the subject) and ask them follow up quesitons during their office hours. You'll have to get a feel for your profs/department, but the profs in my department (at a HUGE state school) LOVED having students come visit them to just shoot the breeze and talk about class, current events, etc. Try to take seminars. Ask around if any profs are looking for an undergrad research assistant.
That's my advice. I was fortunate enough to fall in favor with the profs in my department and had a blast. It's a wonderful feeling when you have to turn down a professors offer to write you a LOR because you already have more than you can submit!