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
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)