What else...appreciate your classmates. Everyone is pretty smart, and they are fun and interesting. Get to know them. You will find that, no matter how you or they did when you get your first semester grades back, you will feel much better about the whole thing if you realize that everyone is competent, flawed, capable...etc. If you just go through 1L year with blinders on, you will begin to think that your classmates are a bunch of losers or geniuses, depending on how your grades turn out, and it could isolate you even more.
Finally, don't take it so goddamn seriously all the time. You made it into a good law program and you WILL be a lawyer in three years. Nobody knows what they're doing first semester, you're not alone. Walk three blocks to the poo part of town one afternoon after class and you will feel 100x better about your "miserable" life in law school once you see your first toothless hobo. Perspective.
And to everyone reading this now...pre-1L summer...RELAX! I would have taken more vacations, spent more time with friends I wouldn't be seeing much in the future, and the like. You're not going to get those pre-law school summers back ever again...for the love of God please take fall advantage of them.
Also, allow yourself to enjoy the experience. There is so much to love about the first year of law school and if you are buying into the "1L is hell" hype you might just miss it.
As a rising 3L, I tell you, enjoy your 1L! Hell doesn't actually start until 2L.
(And, I must admit, that I cannot take credit for "my" marathon analogy. I've heard it before, but I can't remember where.)
Quote from: resipsaloquitur on May 07, 2009, 12:30:16 PMAs a rising 3L, I tell you, enjoy your 1L! Hell doesn't actually start until 2L. Booo...I just finished my exams yesterday...don't tell us this already! (I've heard it a lot though, in all seriousness, and I believe you.)