Enjoy your last summer of freedom, once fall comes and you start law school as a 1L, you can kiss fun-loving summers goodbye once and for all. As you spend most of your time enjoying the sun, or backpacking, or whatever it is college grads do these days, one of the things on your list should involve preparing for your "first day of school."
Here are the five things you'll need for law school. If you have them already, great, you're all done, or you may want to consider an upgrade. If you don't, try to get a summer job so you can save up for that new ...
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You need a laptop in law school. A desktop works, but if you plan on getting your work done at school, Starbucks, or in the library, mobility is key. One of the best ways to study for law school exams is by creating outlines -- and you need a computer to do that.
2. Cell Phone
Sorry, there's no easy way to say this, but 1L is a time suck -- I've even gone so far as calling it "boot camp" (and yes, I heard your complaints -- let's just agree to disagree, shall we?). Anyway, back to the cell phone -- you need it to let your friends and family know that you will be late or not showing up -- blame it on your professors. Upgrade to the latest smartphone so you can send them pics and video of you sitting in the library.
At FindLaw, we all have our favorites, and as a self-proclaimed "sincere scholar" (hat tip to Mr. Peacock), you should just look at mine (just kidding). No, you do not need to buy Black's Law Dictionary, but please know where to locate it in the law library because you will need it.
4. School Supplies
Forget buying a ton of school supplies. Aside from your assigned text books, all you need are Post-Its and your favorite writing implement (I prefer #2 pencils). Why you ask? Read my post on how to take notes in law school -- that's why.
5. A Sturdy Bag
I recommend doing your reading in your law school's law library so you don't have to lug heavy text books, but there will be days when you will have to bring massive text books home with you, and for those days, we recommend a very sturdy bag that's easy on your back and shoulders.
See, not too bad, right? You probably have most of the stuff on this list already -- you just didn't know how important a role it would play in your 1L year. Enjoy these last few months, and let us know whatever questions you may have about being a first year on Twitter @FindLawLP or Facebook for Legal Professionals.
- It's the Climb: Goal Setting for Law School (FindLaw's Greedy Associates Blog)
- 5 Truths to Help You Survive 1L (That You Might Not Know About) (FindLaw's Greedy Associates Blog)
- 10 Things to Do Before You Start 1L Hell (FindLaw's Greedy Associates Blog)