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1. Find a 2L at your law school and really pick their brain.2. Figure out simple things like where you will park or the public transportation. Walk through the law school if you can and get to know where everything is. Spend a few hours, yes hours, wondering through the library. Maybe even get a friendly library staffer to give you a tour. If you can, even scope out where you will park your ass while studying. 3. GET YOUR LAPTOP ORGANIZED! Buy a lap top and carrying case if you don't have one. Your LS should contact you about configurations and software suggestions. They will probably offer you some special deals, but don't wait until the week before school to figure this out. If you haven't heard from them by June, call them. You want to be able to sit down at your first class, turn on the laptop and start taking notes. Believe me, the 1L's who did nothave a laptop or waited until the first day of class to turn it on for the first time were behind from day 1.4. Get your life in order....move and get settled in weeks before school starts. Get doctor appointments out of the way, balance your checking account once and for all, get together your resume (yes you will need it sooner than you think), and your references. Maybe even get started on your CHristmas shopping. I know this sounds drastic, but the more time you free up for law school, the less stressed and easier it is. You get the idea.5. Take a look at the school's website and figure out what student organizations you will be intersted in. Then, that firs week of school, when you get bombarded with info, you can just ignore the ones that don't interest you.6. Buy some basic books and study guides on each of your subjects and read them. I really, really, really wish I had done this. If you can find out which casebook you are using, it is nice to have one that is keyed to that casebook. But, you will probably not get that information until closer to the time school starts, so don't wait. As mentioned before, the Exmaples and Explanations are nice. Go to a university bookstore and check them out. You will find some you like. Then buy them used online, it is much cheaper.7. While on the subject of casebooks....if you get your reading list early enough, buy them online and get them early and start browsing through them. I wouldn't really start reading cases right away, cause the profs may skip around a lot.8. What ever you do....make sure you have that first assigned reading done on the first day of class. Know the cases cold, the facts, the issues, the holdings, etc.9. get a paperback black's law dictionary and use it while reading. this will become your best friend the first few months. Nobody explains the legal terms, you have to figure them out yourself.10. decide whether you are going to be a matyr and haul books around in a back pack or if yu are going to get a rolling case. Most of the guys around here use a backpack and a shoulder laptop case. Hardly any guys use wheels. Many of the girls do....the books are jsut too d**mn heavy. Whatever, just decide what you are going to do and get your backpacks and laptop cases now. QuoteGreat post! Thanks!!
Great post! Thanks!!