Hi Yanet! This is a great question and one that I think people should ask more often when considering going to law school. The journey of being a law student can be one of the most rewarding experiences. You will be challenged, you will be taught how to think differently and with an eye to spot issues and analyze problems with a trained eye, and of course (and most importantly) you will probably work harder than you ever had before during your previous schooling. Law school should be treated like a full-time job and to be as successful as possible, you will need to devote yourself to learning and studying every day to ensure you know the material for your exams. Different than in high school or college, most law school classes have only ONE exam for the semester or entire year, so it's critical to ensure that you know the key cases and class material. Your first year of law school is by far the most important as it will lead to getting your first internship or job, so getting the best grades that you can should be the focus. Working with a study partner or group can help, making a very detailed class outline along the way, and taking timed practice exams are also very useful ways of ensuring success. I personally knew that I would not be ready to go to law school after college, so I took two years and worked as an accountant before attending law school. Having that real-world working experience helped me mature and strengthen my work ethic and it definitely prepared me for the challenging IL year. I found that I was much more prepared and less stressed out than those students who went to law school straight from college and I think it's the single most important advice I could give someone who wants to become a lawyer. Good luck with you journey into the law!
Bart recommends the following next steps:
- Consider working for a year or two after college to gain some experience and enhance your work ethic and maturity
- Once in law school, be very focused on working as studying hard and committing to doing everything you can during your first year to ensure your success