Law School Worries: The Boyfriend

I have been waiting a long time for law school. Some might call me crazy, but I have read more blogs, forums, and miscellaneous law school articles than probably like 90% of law students. That being said, I’ve read blogs of all types, paralegals to law students, married law students, christian law students, people going back to school after working for years, law students entering right after college, old, young, single, Canadian, Indian, British, vampires…you name it, I’ve probably read a blog from their perspective.

Which…

brings me to the latest law school worry- The Boyfriend.


If you haven’t guessed it yet…I have a boyfriend!

We’ve been together since Junior year of high school. (7 years and counting)

yea i know..we’re cute

And in short, almost every law student/blog/article basically says

Law school is where romance and love go to die.

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Kristin Does [0L Prep-MINI Update]

I’m still getting through Getting to Maybe. I’ve been kind of distracted but time’s winding down and I’ve been working harder on getting through it this week so I can get to the next book.

Hopefully I’ll finish by this weekend and and I can do a real update on some of the things I’m learning. I haven’t finished and I haven’t started law school, but I’ve gotta say it feels like it is helping me a lot. I’m already understanding how I should be thinking, and it’s helped me to think about and plan how I’ll take notes and what I should focus on. Additionally through the various examples explaining techniques I’ve also ┬álearned a couple things about the law! Nothing extensive, but some points in major cases that everyone learns about first year so that’s also a benefit.

It’s 15 chapters, and each chapter has like 4 parts to it so it’s a lot to get through but I’m definitely feeling like it’s worth it. Look out for a ‘for real’ update next week and I’ll talk about some of the major points in the book.

P.S. If you’re looking for the book, it was pretty easy for me to find it online, but if you can’t, I’m going to add a “contact form” page this week and if you fill it out I’ll email it to you or send you a link to where I found it (some schools/professors have posted it so definitely all safe sites).

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)

Kristin Does [0L Prep]-Goals

and now the moment you’ve all be waiting for

First, there are 2 types of prep, General Prep and Substantive Prep.

General Prep consist of things like learning how to brief cases, learning the basics of issue spotting, learning the process of outlining (and how best to outline specifically in relation to law school exams), learning how to read opinions (or getting used to reading opinions), or any law school exam test taking prep/studying tips. The idea of general prep is working to build a really great foundation that you can further build on throughout the semester. It should help you structure your studying from the very beginning, as well as give you a good idea of what you should be focusing on during class and as you read cases. It should also give you tools and tips to make “thinking like a lawyer” and legal analysis come easier. Additionally my version of general prep will help me begin the basics of learning how to write like a lawyer.

Substantive prep is actually getting into the law and beginning to learn the basics of all the classes (or the hardest classes) 1Ls typically take (such as torts, property, or constitutional law). Some people do this by reading Explanations & Examples (E&Es) books or Hornbooks (which are somewhat like the law school version of “sparknotes”) on these different subjects. The idea of substantive prep is that you try to grasp some of the basic legal concepts before you officially start school, which could make class easier to understand and take away some of the learning curve to also contribute to structuring your studying and helping you understand cases and hypotheticals better.

My focus is going to be on general prep because I personally don’t think substantive prep is necessary or significantly helpful.

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