"COLLEGE IS COLLEGIAL; it’s right there in the name. Students have plenty of time to socialize, explore and acclimate. Many college students spend their first year just learning the ropes.
In law school, however, the first year – called 1L – is most critical. The curriculum and teaching methods are established. Most classes are large, intimidating lectures. Professors typically base their grades on final exams graded blindly using a fixed curve, with percentage quotas for each grade. And 1L grades are a key factor in determining summer positions, future job opportunities, eligibility for law review and transfer applications.
Even if not as cutthroat as in the past, 1L year is a high-pressure setting – like legal practice itself. To succeed in this daunting environment, first-year students should:
- Narrow your focus
- Annotate readings
- Use study aids
- Attend office hours
- Join an extracurricular activity
- Narrow Your Focus
Liberal arts colleges reward broad-mindedness, and many students end up majoring in a subject for which they had little previous inclination. Law school is a professional school meant to prepare you for a career. Students who choose and pursue clear career goals get the most out of the opportunities and resources provided." …