Anonymous User wrote:Hi,
Sorry for those who had to put up with these similar posts. My situation may not be super dire (2H, 3P in HLS) but I was wondering what doors I've already closed myself shut - clerkship? academia? And how often do you see dramatic improvement next term? I'm feeling especially shitty because I'm pretty sure I did the worst out of all my friends, unless some of them are lying.. (e.g. good friend got straight H/DS)
My girlfriend's dad got almost straight Cs his first semester of law school. By the end he was pulling A-s and As across the board.
First semester is going to be the hardest, grade-wise. Just go in expecting that. You aren't prepared for the tests, you may not know how to properly study, you may not have picked up the material in the right way during the semester. I know I spent the two weeks before my Contracts final completely rewriting my outlines because I hadn't properly utilized the UCC or the Restatement, or properly distinguished between them (throughout the semester, I was using them interchangeably - HUGE mistake).
It's very simple. Go to your professors and ask them what you did wrong, and how you can fix it. Really push them for answer/explanations - what points did I miss? What avenues of thought did I not take? Most importantly, from the get-go this semester, try to frame what you're learning into the bigger picture. Instead of visualizing this knowledge as a growing pile, think of it as an empty container, and so far you've filled one corner of it. Strategize now
And if you already know all this, well, keep trying. Time will help. I have outlines for Property, Con Law, and Crim Law already started - nothing major, but I spend twenty-thirty minutes each week summarizing my notes into discreet packages (no more than one page of outline per class session). Focus on your weaknesses, rather than your strengths - this semester, for example, instead of writing everything
the professor says, I'm keeping it to the most salient points and focusing more on organizing
their thoughts and quips than getting every single thought down. Not everything they say is important, or even at all relevant.
Most importantly, for god's sake, you go to Harvard, dude. You have more famous and powerful alumni than any other ls in the country, as well as one of the strongest alumni networks. There's a reason you see Harvard grads literally everywhere
- it's the
American Powerhouse law school. I confidently say that as a CLS student. You're going to do fine, just work your fingers to the bone in what you like to do.