For incoming law students, it's about two months before you start your career as a future lawyer and embark on all the pain, joy, and wonder that is law school. When I was sitting in your shoes, just a year ago, I had no idea what I should be doing. Do I try to read about law school? Should I buy textbooks and get ahead? Should I just wait for it come? I had no idea what I should be doing. Now that I've made it through a year of law school myself, I only think it would be fair to share some things that I think would be useful for incoming 1Ls. So here are 6 things you should be doing the summer before law school.
Listen, out of all the things that you should be doing the summer before law school, this is the most important one. Law school is hard. You'll spend more hours than you can imagine in the library. The curriculum will be hard. And the days will pass by faster than you know. So make sure to spend some time relaxing, doing absolutely nothing this summer. Chill by the pool. Lay in bed and watch Netflix. Hang out with friends. Just make sure that you feel relaxed and refreshed.
In law school, the majority of your days will be spent reading. And reading. And reading some more. Thus, it might seem counterproductive to read all summer as well. But you might as well get used to the amount of reading you have to do. You don't have to read textbooks. Or law school prep books. Or blogs about law school (although I welcome here whenever you do). But do some reading. The summer before law school I spent the summer re-reading the entire Harry Potter series. It was fun. Juvenile even. But it helped me getting in the habit of reading again, and I was so grateful for that. It made 50-page reading assignments seem like nothing.
Law school is expensive. I have a full scholarship to my school, and somehow it still feels like I am just throwing money away. One thing you should try to do before starting law school is set a budget. The last thing that you want to worry about when you have a Civil Procedure reading to do and your first legal writing memo to finish is money. So set yourself up for success and set a budget. Now, I know budgeting can be hard - after all, it's a lot of math and most of us went to law school to avoid math. So I wrote a post all about it. Go check it out!
4. SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
About two weeks before law school, my school sent out and email that gave a list of things our families should prepare for and do when sending off a person to law school. One of the items on the list was "Adjust your communication expectations." I, along with all my friends, consistently laughed at this. Turns out - it was necessary. Time flys by in law school, and it's hard to communicate with people as often as you might've once. So spend time with your friends and family this summer, while you'ves till got the time.
5. BUY A SUIT
In law school, you'll need a suit. Job interviews, networking events, moot court, and many more occasions will require you to be in proper courtroom attire. Because suit shopping can take time, and finding the perfect fit is hard. This is why it's probably best to find a good suit before you start law school, rather than waiting until you need one.
6. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Last, but not least, make sure you take care of yourself. You want to be in your best health when you go to law school, both physically and mentally. Spend the summer before law school taking care of yourself and getting your mind and body ready for the challenges that await you. Law school is hard, so you need to make sure that you are your best self. Therefore, get in a habit and take care of yourself now, so you can make a habit to continue through law school.
Before you know it, the fall semester will be here. Enjoy your time before going to law school, and get ready for an adventure in the fall!