I think the excitement is wearing off and the nervousness is kicking in…

Moving to Law School inĀ 3 weeks!

How did we get here so fast?

As you can probably guess…I’m super far behind in my Law School 0L Prep.

i am ashamed

Life got in the way, and when I wasn’t busy, instead of making myself busy with reading I opted for enjoying my non-busyness. BUT, I’m starting LEEWS this week and tomorrow I’m going to post some of the general things I learned from Getting to Maybe.

In the end… I’ll still be proud of whatever I can get through in the next 3 weeks because I’m still going to be ahead of at least 80% of my class, and 100% of the people who did nothing.

some people call it arrogance- i call it being the best *walks down hall in a suit with sunglasses on like a boss*

(or so I hope haha)

Law School Doesn’t care that your broke: Basic Tips for getting through those 0L expenses

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks. Life and moving preparations have gotten in the way of my blogger dreams.

In the midst of all these preparations I’ve realized (even more so) the title of this post-“Law School doesn’t care that I’m broke”. If I estimate the total cost of applications, transcripts, seat deposits, housing deposit, and first months rent, moving expenses (etc.) I think I’ve spent (or am going to spend in the next 30 days) almost $3000…three-thousand-dollars…and that’s just in the last few months. I knew law school would be expensive, but no one ever tells you it starts BEFORE you even get to take a class. For those stable adults with full time jobs who have decided to go back to school to get their JD or those trust fund babies who have handbags worth more than that, I’m sure it’s not as big of a deal.

But for a new college grad who isn’t working…

nervous laughter

lets just say I owe it to God for making it all possible.

Since I don’t think there’s enough advice or posts about expenses as a “0L” here’s a few basic financial tips for those thinking of applying to law school!

Here we Go…

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Let Me Tell You a Secret

Secret timmeee

I wasn’t a Polisci major all 4 years in college. I actually went in as a Biology major and Political Science minor.

okay okay…it’s not really a secret

From the 3rd grade on I was absolutely sure I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon. I wanted to specialize in transplants, and later be part of Doctors Without Borders traveling the world and saving the lives of those who couldn’t afford it. I’ve always wanted to help people, and I’ve always been interested in the body. And even as I got older it stuck. I used to watch discovery health religiously. Twins getting separated, moms giving birth, transplant stories… back when they used to have the crazy real life graphic stuff.

I was (and still kind of am) really in love with science.

Then in middle school when I first got my interest in political science I decided I would still be a surgeon but retire by 40/50 and be a politician. I was so sure I was going to be a pediatric surgeon that pretty much everything, including even going to a Medical Magnet high school surrounded the idea of becoming a surgeon.

14 years later… I’m on my way to law school and A LOT in my life plan has changed. If 8 year old, or even 17 year old college freshman Kristin could see me now, she’d be pretty confused.

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Kristin Does [0L Prep]-Plans

I have about 54 days (which is almost 8 weeks) until I’m moving!

My goal is to get through a book a week. This means I have about 2 weeks wiggle room for those days I don’t feel like doing anything, I want to have fun or I’m too busy to get reading done.

I plan to go in this order (assuming I can find all the books I want).

Getting to Maybe

How to do your best on Law School Exams

LEEWS

Plain English for Lawyers

Thinking Like a Lawyer/Learning legal reasoning

1L of a Ride (although 1L of a Ride can be read anytime or simultaneously, it doesn’t need to adhere to any specific order).

I chose this order because of how the books relate to each other and based on which ones I’d like fresh in my mind the closer I get to law school.

Getting to Maybe and How to do your best are the same topic from different perspectives. LEEWS offers a detailed system for succeeding at what Getting To Maybe and How to do your best will teach me. Next I’ll use Plain English for Lawyers to improve my writing skills and as a grammar refresher (because your ability to study or analyze is irrelevant if you can’t articulate it). Last, Thinking Like a Lawyer or Learning Legal Reasoning will lay down the law basics right before I’m on the way to orientation.

And that’s about it for prep so far. After each book I plan to give you guys an update on my goal progress, and an initial review for the resource (to be followed by a real review during the actual semester).

gifs of jon snow because im still hurt T_T

T_T Stark fans understand my pain


Links to my favorite/bookmarked 0L Summer and 1L advice posts

Most of these are from TLS because I think they had the most down to earth/realistic advice, but it’s all different people with different perspectives that give really great detailed advice. I think every potential law student should read a couple of these (or post like these) before entering law school. Even if reading this is the only prep you do this summer, I think they offer really great insight!

Also, no worries if you can’t read all these links right now. I have also created a page in my navigation bar for resources which will have all these links and more!

How To Succeed In Law School- Student Guide #1 (By UC Berkeley Grad)

Reflection on my 0L Prep (By a Paralegal turned Law Student)

Advice for Doing Well in Law School (By a Law Student who ranked top 1% at Loyala 1L then transferred to a T1)

Law School Advice (By a student from a T10 law school)

Advice for Doing Well at a T1 (By a student from a T1 School)

Success in Law School- a Unique Perspective (By a NYU student who placed top 10% 1L year)

Prepare for Law School: How to Study Law to Succeed (By a law school graduate who currently tutors law students and runs Law School Hacker blog)