Tips for 2011
After another semester of rigorous law school coursework, I thought I would share some insights for you future law school stars.
1. Start studying for exams the first week of school.
It may sound outrageous, but the most successful law students are the ones who take copious notes and begin outlining as early as possible… even during the first week of classes. Law school is unlike any other academic endeavor you have encountered thus far. Cram sessions in college just plain do not work here. Start studying early!
2. Get outlines from 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.
Law school is hard enough. Do not reinvent the wheel. Get outlines from upperclassmen who have taken your professors. These outlines are NOT a substitute for creating your own, but they are a good way for you to make sure you’re on the right track.
3. Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
Sleep is your secret weapon. To do well in law school, you must make long-term memories of what you learn. Research consistently shows that the only way what you study can transfer from short-term memory to long-term memory is through adequate sleep.
4. Maintain a regular workout schedule.
If you work out already, keep up your routine. If you don’t work out regularly, start! You will be sitting for hours upon hours doing your work. Regular exercise helps battle the bulge you will likely face from your new sedentary lifestyle. Besides, it’s a great way to reduce stress.
5. Eat healthy.
This should be self-explanatory. Your brain needs fuel to function at maximum capacity. Avoid the temptation to eat junk food.
Good habits will make law school much more doable. These tips worked for me, and I hope they work for you, too. Best of luck to each of you in the New Year!