Your first year of law school can make or break you.
It WILL impact your future as an attorney because it sets you up (or holds you back) from career opportunities during and after law school.
So as you start your first year, it’s important to keep three things in mind:
1. This is law school, this is not undergrad.
You can’t rely on your experience from undergrad to succeed, or even get by, during your 1L year. In law school, you will be required to attend every class, be on time, and be prepared.
You can’t get by reviewing lecture notes alone, because so much of what happens in class is predicated on your reading assignments. You’ll be expected to read hours worth of cases, understand them, AND apply them (i.e., recognize why you’ve been assigned to read them). You’ll usually be graded on only one exam where you must apply what you’ve learned. On top of all of this, it is likely that your professor has to distribute grades along a curve. So that A grade is only saved for a select few.