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What the best piece of advice you guys have for a someone about to enter law school?

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Search the forum for the phrase “0L Summer”. Lots of good stuff. 

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That all depends on what your goals are

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1 hour ago, kakoke said:

That all depends on what your goals are

To do well enough to have some good career prospects but still be able to enjoy the experience if that even possible lol. 

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You’re not as smart as you think you are; you’re not as dumb as you think you are either. 

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Do your best to seem as sophisticated as possible at all times. In class? Re-think that question 12 times over before asking. At a party? Talk with, inter alia, as many Latin phrases as you can to demonstrate your superior understanding of the law. Halloween? Make sure you wear a witty legal costume to show that you really get the concept of the reasonable person.

This is probably looking too far ahead, but if you manage to snag a Bay Street job for the summer following 1L, you need to let everyone know as soon as possible; don't worry about the topic arising organically.

Serious advice: do the work in 1L. Read the cases. Participate in discussions. Argue with your peers about the law. If you commit to learning in 1L, the rest of law school will be much easier. Plus, you'll have developed a stable foundation of knowledge to build on if you engage with your learning early on. If you cut corners, you risk building knowledge on top of misunderstandings at a fundamental level.

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My biggest advice is not to be afraid to look like an idiot. I routinely asked basic and objectively "stupid" questions in class. Things that are simple for most people can be hard to grasp or just need to be explained in a different way. I always got a few laughs when I asked the questions but the answers always really helped my understanding. As a bonus, people would often come up to me after class and thank me for asking the question because they were wondering too but were too embarrassed to ask. Turns out, I won course prizes in some of those classes. If something doesn't make sense to you, speak up. Looking dumb shouldn't hold you back from learning.

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My best advice would be to remember that your professional reputation starts now. It's a shockingly small bar, and you will run into the people you knew in law school for the rest of your career.

You may not remember much of that night in 1L where you had one too many and made out with someone at the bar (even though your fiancee lives back in your hometown), but everyone else will. 

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30 minutes ago, beyondsection17 said:

My best advice would be to remember that your professional reputation starts now. It's a shockingly small bar, and you will run into the people you knew in law school for the rest of your career.

You may not remember much of that night in 1L where you had one too many and made out with someone at the bar (even though your fiancee lives back in your hometown), but everyone else will. 

Personal experience? 😛

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The two contradictory pieces of advice are:

(1) Work hard and learn the material well because it will be bedrock knowledge for your entire career; and

(2) Don't get caught up in the anxious environment. Law is a marathon and taking care of yourself pays dividends later on. 

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1 hour ago, beyondsection17 said:

My best advice would be to remember that your professional reputation starts now. It's a shockingly small bar, and you will run into the people you knew in law school for the rest of your career.

You may not remember much of that night in 1L where you had one too many and made out with someone at the bar (even though your fiancee lives back in your hometown), but everyone else will. 

Please tell me you are exaggerating and that this did not actually happen to someone you went to school with.

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24 minutes ago, LawSchoolJock said:

lawcest? care to elaborate?

I assume that means sleeping with other law students in your class

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3 hours ago, TdK said:

Do your best to seem as sophisticated as possible at all times. In class? Re-think that question 12 times over before asking. At a party? Talk with, inter alia, as many Latin phrases as you can to demonstrate your superior understanding of the law. Halloween? Make sure you wear a witty legal costume to show that you really get the concept of the reasonable person.

Only name your dogs after precedent-setting English Lords. When using public transit, place a casebook on top of your leather messenger bag, so the common folk know how important you are. Have your intimate partners refer to you as "counsel," or, if you're  (i) in a jurisdiction that recognizes the designation and (ii) of the appropriate sexual orientation, "queen's counsel." Whisper "I rest my case" whenever you climax. 

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41 minutes ago, HopefulLawyer97 said:

Is anybody else terrified of starting 1L? I feel like 1L performance pretty much defines the rest of your legal career. 

Don't drink the kool-aid, it only really matters for a very narrow subset of careers. 

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50 minutes ago, realpseudonym said:

Only name your dogs after precedent-setting English Lords. When using public transit, place a casebook on top of your leather messenger bag, so the common folk know how important you are. Have your intimate partners refer to you as "counsel," or, if you're  (i) in a jurisdiction that recognizes the designation and (ii) of the appropriate sexual orientation, "queen's counsel." Whisper "I rest my case" whenever you climax. 

When making factual statements, always qualify them with materiality and/or knowledge qualifiers.

Always ask others to review and comment on anything you draft before sending to the intended recipient. This includes emails and SMS messages. If multiple turns are required, run blacklines of same for their convenience.

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