Things I Wish I Knew When I Was A 1L

I could not put Jess’ words any better. She truly guided me through 1L year and was there for me every step of the way. This post goes out to all the 1Ls who are overwhelmed, excited, anxious, scared, or confused. It’s okay if you read the first case of your assigned Contracts reading and questioned your ability to read. You are going to get through this – one day at a time.


It’s that time of year again. Anxious 1Ls await the beginning of what will be the longest three years of their lives. Meanwhile, attorneys, law profs, and other legal professionals are eagerly sharing advice on how to survive. The weekend before the start of law school is overwhelming. With so much information, words of wisdom, and horror stories going around, it’s understandably difficult to make sense of it all. Even harder though, is figuring out how to translate it all into a personal success plan. I can’t create that plan for you. But in this post, I will at least attempt to clear up some of the terms and tasks I wish I understood going into my 1L year.

I’m a policy person, so I’m always looking for the “why” behind process. So, in this post, I will also try to also explain why we do these things in the…

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