As the school year approaches, many students all around the world will be attending their very first law school classes. Understandably, many of them are feeling a mixed bag of emotions as they venture into what many deem a difficult scholastic career. Fortunately, there are plenty of people who’ve done it before and have been able to share their experiences in law school with others and provide information on a few of the things that they wished they had known beforehand.
Here are three things you should know about law school before you step into the first classroom.
Avoid Isolation and Make Friends!
Perhaps the most common misconception of law school is that it is a cut-throat environment where everyone is in constant competition with each other. Sure, there will be some who would rather be on their own, but a majority of the people you meet want to be your friend. Making friends in law school is incredibly important. This is because friends can not only serve as people to study with but someone to lean on when things get tough, and trust me, they will get tough. If you have no problem making friends, consider looking for people who might be a little shy, you could make a world of difference in their lives.
Don’t Shy Away from Any Club
Law school clubs can be quite a competitive space as most everyone wants to be involved. So, if you try to join a club and find out that they are not taking any more new members, don’t avoid clubs entirely. Look for other similar groups to join during your time in law school. Joining clubs is critical to your development as a person. Many times, it is while attending these clubs that you will experience conflict for the first time or speak in front of a large group of people.
Plan Your Week & Semester
Law school can be rather difficult to keep up with if you don’t have it properly planned out. Therefore, it is paramount that you listen carefully during your first few days of lectures to understand what your week to week duties are going to be as well as what is expected from you at the end of the semester. Professors have little to no sympathy for those who come in asking for extensions on papers. This is why it is critical that you plan out your weeks and even semesters in some cases. Practice adequate time management and focus on whatever task is at hand.