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)

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The Game of Law

For about a year now (maybe more because my excitement for law school is too much to contain lol) I have been reading all kinds of law blogs and lawyer blogs and law student tips and news blogs like Above the law, Top Law Schools (TLS) forums, Ms JD, Law-School-Hacker etc. (to name a few). I have learned A LOT…what to expect, what I can do to prepare, what I should do during, application tips, transferring chances, how ranking works, etc.- basically tips about hacking the system. Ultimately though, what I have come to realize from all this research is that law school is a GAME. Except, unlike any other game, most people don’t know the rules, don’t know how to play, and are low-key being misled by the teachers/leaders of the game (a.k.a. your professors). Resulting in a blood bath of confusion as unexpected candidates rise to the top, and that person who worked relentlessly briefing every case, or that person who you thought sounded the smartest in class, all end up with mediocre grades in the middle of the pack. 

It isn’t the person who works the hardest, nor the person who has the most intelligence who will ultimately win. It’s  the person who works the SMARTEST within the system of the game- combined with a superb work ethic- who will win the Game of Law School.

The majority of people going into law school are going in with the mindset that they’ll work to be in the top (top 10% usually gets you on Law Review, and possibly a scholarship depending on your school). 90% of them will be wrong. 

If you don’t want to be in that great majority, the key is to get ahead of the game.

To know as much of the rules and moves as you can before you start.

I intend to be the best. Unlike everyone else however, my intentions are backed by months of research and advice from top 10percenters at top law schools (i.e. Standford, UCLA, Berkley, etc.), current lawyers, and law professors.

The first of my steps towards success this summer is 0L Prep.

I’m poor, so I wont be spending $1500 on some fancy Kaplan law school prep that most people say doesn’t help them any way lol.

I have however, researched the best books, the best type of prep, and what I should be working to understand prior to starting, so if you’re interested check out my next post detailing my whole plan and the books with some links to other blogs or forums that helped me form my plan.

Until then…