Tag Archive: 1L

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What to do the summer before 1L?

For those who are done with the LSAT and have gotten into law school, congratulations! At this point, you’re probably starting to think about how you should spend the summer before 1L, the dreaded first year of law school, begins. I had the same question three years ago. I talked to a lot of law students and lawyers about it, and I’m going to share their insights and my thoughts here.

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Looking Back on Law School, Upon Graduation

In two days, I am going to graduate from law school. This post, like Yuko’s from last week, is going to provide some reflections on my experience over the last three years.

Looking back, the first year of school was exactly as bad as everyone says. The first semester, in particular, was extraordinarily stressful. I often felt lost, I dreaded cold calls, and I never felt like I was on top of the material. Not even rose-colored glasses can improve the situation. If you’re planning on going to law school, you shouldn’t expect anything different—you’re in for a trial by fire.

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From the Vaults: Maintaining Mental Health At Law School

February 1 of a student’s first year is, statistically, the most depressing day in law school. With that backdrop in mind, I, as a first year student in the midst of the (objectively) unhappiest period of law school, have some thoughts.

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Law School Transfer: Solid Plan or Utter Fantasy?

Much like college applications, there are reach, match, and safety schools when applying for law school, and for a lot of people, there’s that one dream school. Things might not work out as planned, though — whether because of a low LSAT, GPA, or some other reason — and you might not get into your dream school. When that happens, some people choose to go to a lesser school than their dream school, while planning to transfer later, and the intake numbers at higher-ranked schools reflect this.

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Your First Set of Law School Finals

January’s rolled around, which means new year (oh yay!) and also new semester (oy vey). You’ve survived the worst finals ever, buuuut you’re looking down the barrel of more finals in a few months. Did you get anything out of that terrible experience, besides a fallback conversation piece with your classmates? Do things get better?

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Logical Reasonings / 9.10.15

A) Copyright law ruins everything (such as these YouTube videos of the hardest Super Mario levels ever). Kotaku

B) Here are some tips for new 1Ls other than “do the reading and work really hard.” Above the Law

C) Pats fans and haters are both totally unhinged, as evidenced by these letters to the Deflategate judge. Deadspin

D) In the vein of interview horror stories, here’s one about a callback gone terribly wrong. Above the Law

E) This couple got hammered and made a video about how they met in the style of Comedy Central’s Drunk History. #relationshipgoals Time

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Logical Reasonings / 8.20.15

A) LSAC has released some data regarding the number of people taking the LSAT, and it’s still in decline. Here are some potential conclusions. Above the Law

B) Ever wondered what being a Supreme Court intern is like? Here’s the inside scoop. National Law Journal

C) Texas Tech School of Law is introducing a “brain training” program for 1Ls. Hmm… Lubbock Online

D) Someone going by Deez Nuts is the top-polling Independent candidate for president in some states. America, F yeah! The Guardian

E) In related news, you can watch about a million news anchors solemnly say the phrase “deez nuts.” Deadspin