BoaltSF wrote:A word of advice for you before you start at the school, and really this applies to everyone: don't talk about things you don't know about. If you think assholes like me are annoying, just wait til you sit through the incessant rambling of people who have no clue about anything yet spout off as though they do.
BILBO, COME LOOK! COME LOOK, BILBO!
Yes, this is wonderful advice for incoming 1Ls.
And in the spirit of said advice:
When y'all arrive at Boalt, there will be lots of drinking and lots of meeting people for the first time. For better or worse, these initial impressions will linger for a long, long time. Think about how you want to be perceived by other people- probably not as a braggart, a know-it-all, someone obsessed with the law, someone too self-interested to let other people speak, etc. I know this seems basic, but you also probably shouldn't comment on how someone looks or is dressed, even if it's meant as a joke, you'll come off as an asshole.
For any 2Ls reading this: Please, please don't do the whole "oh, you're a 1L" shtick to the new 1Ls. It's super annoying and makes you look like an idiot. Every time some K through JD did this to me I would just roll my eyes and assume the individual was super insecure.
I realize no one likes unasked for advice, but if you keep these things in mind, you'll probably have a happier first semester and make friends with people who are awesome like you.