How I am Preparing for Law School


51 days until I start law school.... that blows my mind. Needless to say, I am on the backstretch of the preparing for law school stage. This summer has been dedicated to two things: my wedding and preparing for law school. Now that my wedding is just 2 weeks away and most of the prep is done, it is time to shift some of my focus to law school and how I must prepare myself for that. Below are the 10 major ways I am preparing for law school. 

1. Reading
I challenged myself to do a lot of pleasure reading this summer for two reasons. First, I love to read and during the school year I have little time for it. Summer is my time to catch up on all my favorite books. Second, I am working to get myself into the habit of reading A LOT. I hope that having that habit well established will ease the transition to law school and all the reading requirements. 

2. Eating Healthy
I wanted to make a point to improve my eating habits to help get ready for my wedding but also to start law school healthy. I want to be in the habit of eating good food that feeds my brain and my body. You are what you eat and I don't want to start law school feeling like McDonalds. Also, starting that habit now will help me to keep it up during law school. 

3. Researching Study Methods
I have spent a lot of time this summer researching good study methods in general and specifically for law school. I have found some great resources online that explain general study methods and the science behind what works and what doesn't. I suggest just googling "good study methods" to find some interesting articles. I love reading the tips from fellow blogger, Brazen and Brunette. She is a rising 2L and gives some wonderful insight into law school life as well as study methods that work and don't work. Her blog is a wonderful resource for any soon-to-be law student. 

4. Getting Organized
I have spent a lot of time organizing my life. I have organized all my files on my computer for ease of saving and organizing my law school files. I organized and cleaned out my whole desk and I am in the process of setting up the office in our new house as my little study haven. I am also getting a Plum Paper Planner as they seem to be the best planner ever from everything I see online. I am a planner freak so having the perfect one for law school was a must to get myself organized. My planner is ordered and I am dying for it to arrive! 

5. Cleaning out my Closet
I spent a few long days cleaning out my closet and dressers. I am trying to "professionalize" my wardrobe in preparation for not only law school but a career as an attorney. Getting new clothes is fun but finding space for them was not. I tried to purge my wardrobe of anything I haven't worn in a year, things that were too big or too small, anything super childish and anything I would be embarrassed to attend a law school class in. This gave me room to add my new, professional, adult clothes to the wardrobe. (Also, my new house has a walk in closet and it is a lifesaver). 

6. Pre-reading
I do not have my first day assignments yet but as soon as I know, I will get down to business on reading those cases and being as prepared as possible when I walk in the door on August 22 for my first law school class. 

7. Immerse Myself in a New University
New university, all new everything. I have to get a new student ID, parking pass, email, etc. Setting up all this new stuff and trying to navigate a new University will definitely take some time. Also, just going and visiting a few times to get a feel for the layout and setup will help to make day 1 that much easier and more comfortable. 

8. Spend half a fortune on Books
Law books are so expensive. I am planning to spend a chunk of time searching the web high and low for the best deals possible on my books. I know it is still going to be a small fortune though :(

9. Watch Some Lawyer TV
All those Netflix shows I have in my list but never have time to watch? Time to watch them! More specifically, anything law related. I do not want to be the one law student who has not watched Making a Murderer. Another post coming soon on what shows exactly are on my must watch list!

10. Relaxing
Law school is going to be really hard and really stressful. I am tryig to make a point to relax this summer and get myself in a good frame of mind for the beginning of law school. I have made it a point to spend a lot of time watching The Office with my fiance, playing with my pups, riding my horses and making time for things I enjoy. It is so easy to get busy and for life to get chaotic and for yourself to become a non-priority. There is plenty of time for that in law school; this summer, I am a priority and my relaxation and happiness is a priority in my life. 

Sounds like a busy summer huh? Law school is coming up fast and I am just hoping to be ready. Wish me luck...

Cheers!

What are you doing to prepare for law school???




2 comments

  1. Omg crying right now thank you so much for the recommendation! But you have some excellent tips as well!! You're going to do great this year!

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    1. I sure hope so! Reading your blog has certainly made me feel more prepared!

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