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What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« on: January 21, 2009, 07:29:21 PM »
What would be wise uses of my time as a 0L during the Spring and Summer before my 1L year begins? I'm currently employed as a librarian (times are hard  :D ) and was just curious as to how I should prepare for beginning law school. Thanks

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Re: What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009, 07:38:28 PM »
What would be wise uses of my time as a 0L during the Spring and Summer before my 1L year begins? I'm currently employed as a librarian (times are hard  :D ) and was just curious as to how I should prepare for beginning law school. Thanks


relax.


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Re: What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2009, 08:22:34 PM »
What would be wise uses of my time as a 0L during the Spring and Summer before my 1L year begins? I'm currently employed as a librarian (times are hard  :D ) and was just curious as to how I should prepare for beginning law school. Thanks

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Re: What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009, 08:47:00 PM »
What would be wise uses of my time as a 0L during the Spring and Summer before my 1L year begins? I'm currently employed as a librarian (times are hard  :D ) and was just curious as to how I should prepare for beginning law school. Thanks


relax.


seriously.





I'm think I'm too old to piss my summer and spring away relaxing. I was looking along the lines of stuff that I could do to help me prepare for life as a law school student. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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Re: What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009, 09:23:34 PM »
What would be wise uses of my time as a 0L during the Spring and Summer before my 1L year begins? I'm currently employed as a librarian (times are hard  :D ) and was just curious as to how I should prepare for beginning law school. Thanks


relax.


seriously.





I'm think I'm too old to piss my summer and spring away relaxing. I was looking along the lines of stuff that I could do to help me prepare for life as a law school student. Thanks for the suggestion though.


my guess is that i'm much older than you are.


but, since you asked, the best way to prepare yourself for life as a law school student would be to stab yourself in the eye with a rusty spork.  repeatedly.

my advice stands.  its an intense 3 years, and imo there is NOTHING you can do to prepare for it.  dont waste your time reading e&e or hornbooks or god forbid the paper chase or any other of those hideously awful prep books.  it will not give you any significant advantage.

i'm certain there are plenty of other people here who will give you the advice that you are wanting to hear, however.  go ask freelygiveleavetoamend in the mas thread.
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Re: What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2009, 09:54:44 PM »
How about the easy answers that have nothing to do with reading?

Get in shape, for all those long nights of studying/writing/stressing. Go to the gym.

Do some recreational stuff you wont have time for when you're busy, like talking to your SO. Also, camping is awesome.

Learn how to cook something nutritious and filling in five minutes, or just figure out what restaurants you will eat at.

Kick some bad habits, like smoking or coffee drinking. That way you can female dog about what law school is doing to you when you pick them back up. Everyone needs bitching material.

Read all those books you always wanted to read. Chances are you won't have much time to do it after you start law school.



On a more serious note: Check out Law Preview, it's a week long course to teach you all the basic material/give you an overview. The idea is that you will be better prepared for you first year afterwords. I'm thinking about it. BAR/BRI has a similar course I believe.

I think the suggestions of the other posters were correct, if not quite as specific as they could have been. Pick up a law school prep book, if you are still stressed about it. I liked law school confidential.

Personally, I plan on just relaxing, then moving in a few weeks early so I can get settled.


Just my two cents as a fellow 0L :D
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Re: What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2009, 10:24:37 PM »
I've heard Law Preview is a waste.  I didn't do it, though, so I dunno (my law school had a similar program the first week of school).

Getting to Maybe is a decent book about law school exams.  Jay Foonberg's How to Start and Build a Law Practice is also worthwhile, but that one won't be useful unless you want to start your own firm.  I haven't read Kimm Walton's Guerrilla Tactics to Getting the Law Job of Your Dreams, but many people like it.

You're keeping your job during this time, right?

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Re: What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2009, 07:01:43 AM »
Read Getting to Maybe.

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Re: What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2009, 07:51:21 PM »
Wisdom teeth. Take 'em out now if you've still got 'em and they're going to need to come out eventually.

Likewise, any kind of health thing that you'd probably want a week or more to recover from: do it now. Tonsils, nose job, whatever.

Getting to Maybe and Law School Confidential are both good, although not stellarly helpful for precisely this period (I'd peg GTM as being for October/November of 1L and LSC as being for the whole general process). But I don't think you should try to get a leg up on the substantive stuff. A) It's not all that hard (except Property, IMO), and B) if you try to do it in advance, you run the risk of 1) confusing yourself; 2) Learning things in a way that doesn't jibe with how your prof is going to teach it to you; and 3) wasting your time by learning things your prof is never going to cover. I think those are all serious problems that pre-LS prep causes. Others obviously disagree, but that's my two cents.
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Re: What to do during my 0L Spring and Summer
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2009, 10:49:43 PM »
I’m going to parrot a lot of the good advice above – get in shape, read a few novels...

I thought “The Paper Chase” was a good movie…shows you how dramatic some people can make law school.

“One L” by Scott Turow is another good read. Again, a lot of his 1L stress was self induced.

As far as actual prep reading, I highly recommend “How to Succeed in law school.” http://www.amazon.com/Succeed-School-Gary-Munneke-J-D/dp/0764113879

‘Getting to Maybe’ is better left for the middle of the semester. If you haven’t started with the material then there’s no point in reading about exam techniques.

Another piece of advice is to read some law student blogs! Go to their archives and look at the 1L postings. A lot of your concerns, drammy, etc. will be addressed there.

Here are some to start:
http://www.awomaninlawschool.blogspot.com/
http://jd-maybe.blogspot.com/
http://sillylittlelawstudent.wordpress.com/
http://laughingwithoratyou.blogspot.com/
http://www.boyinsuit.com/
http://butnothanks.blogspot.com/
http://butterflyfish1.blogspot.com/
http://nontokenminoritylaw.blogspot.com/
http://myterranullius.wordpress.com/

I have a pretty extensive law student blog link list at http://no634.wordpress.com