Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A big hat tip to ATL for this one. The advice excerpted below reflects responses by several Ms. JD board members, on behalf of the National Women Law Students' Organization, to the question "what we wish we'd known before we started law school."
1. The Socratic Method will not kill you. "It sounds a little dramatic, I know, but I spent the first semester absolutely terrified of hearing my name called by the Professors. Turns out, it's not so bad. You might be embarrassed at some point, but it's not the end of the world and nobody will remember. Law school gets so much better when you make peace with the Socratic Method."
2. Law school is an opportunity to build professional relationships. "I wish I'd understood the power of the relationships I would build in law school. I came into law school prepared to work hard, but I didn't realize how many opportunities would arise out of conversations I had and relationships I built, both at my law school and outside of it."
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3. Each semester focus your energies on one course. "Every semester pick one class in particular where you focus your energies. Rather than spreading your efforts equally throughout all your classes (a scenario where it just won't be possible for you to do your best in any single class), pick one where you go to office hours, pursue a mentorship relationship with your professor, and actively participate in class."
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4. Be sure to take practical courses. "I wish I would have known that I should think about taking classes that might be of practical value to me after law school! Although I thought I'd become a litigator and took multiple trial advocacy classes, I wish I would have pushed myself to think of other practical ways I'd likely use my license to practice law. For example, I wish I would have known to take more corporate formation classes, because knowing how to start a company would be helpful given my entrepreneurial spirit."
Check out the remaining tips here.