1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

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1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby tazfifi » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:58 am

I know that there are a ton of these if you search it. But, actually, there isn't anyone for current 1L's (congrats everyone BTW for being done with your 1L year).

I'm a 0L and want to learn from all your advice/experiences!

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby RVP11 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:49 am

Study less.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby tazfifi » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:49 am

RVP11 wrote:Study less.

seriously?

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby RVP11 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:53 am

tazfifi wrote:
RVP11 wrote:Study less.

seriously?


Yes. 1L grades are by far the most important in law school. What kind of person would I be if I didn't kick my feet up a little bit now that they're done?

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby helfer snooterbagon » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:53 am

tazfifi wrote:I know that there are a ton of these if you search it. But, actually, there isn't anyone for current 1L's (congrats everyone BTW for being done with your 1L year).

I'm a 0L and want to learn from all your advice/experiences!


Do you want to know what 1Ls are going to do differently as 2Ls, or are you asking what 1Ls would do differently if they had 1L to do over again?

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby Other25BeforeYou » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:02 am

helfer snooterbagon wrote:
tazfifi wrote:I know that there are a ton of these if you search it. But, actually, there isn't anyone for current 1L's (congrats everyone BTW for being done with your 1L year).

I'm a 0L and want to learn from all your advice/experiences!


Do you want to know what 1Ls are going to do differently as 2Ls, or are you asking what 1Ls would do differently if they had 1L to do over again?

Yeah, it would make a lot more sense to ask the latter. After 1L year law students seem to do things rather differently (in the sense that they slack more on classes and spend time on other things).

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby sydney » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:14 am

Study less is a good answer for either question. People (myself included, at least for a while) got waaay too worked up about studying and seeing who could spend the most time in the library, especially 1st semester. That doesn't mean go out 5 nights a week, but working normal 9-5, 9-6pm days is plenty until a month or so before finals.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby solidsnake » Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:15 pm

I raised my efficiency from first to second semester by about 40% and used some of that surplus time to relax, watch hulu, and sleep more. Went from 3.7 (top 7%) to 4.0 (top 1% cumulative gpa). Study smart not long. Law school is one big lesson in time management and consistency in habit. So to answer your question, I will continue to widdle away at deadweight time in 2 and 3L so that I can transfer these skills to cranking out billable hours once law school is over.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby mallard » Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:17 pm

Study less. And not "more efficiently." Just less.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby tbo123123 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:11 pm

people who over-work were probably under-loved as children, so sad

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby sophie316 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:48 pm

Maybe drink more.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby RudeDudewithAttitude » Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:58 pm

mallard wrote:Study less. And not "more efficiently." Just less.


THIS for sure.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby Bankhead » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:10 pm

Try to write my exams more concisely.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby LoyolaLaw2012 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:53 pm

RVP11 wrote:
tazfifi wrote:
RVP11 wrote:
Yes. 1L grades are by far the most important in law school. What kind of person would I be if I didn't kick my feet up a little bit now that they're done?



I think first semester grades are even more important. Before second semester grades were posted, I already landed a job for the summer. Go crazy with studying your first semester.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby pandacot » Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:55 pm

Go to Stanford instead of a T3.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby NU_Jet55 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:12 pm

pandacot wrote:Go to Stanford instead of a T3.


Win.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby thesealocust » Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:46 pm

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby hithere » Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:49 pm

tazfifi wrote:
RVP11 wrote:Study less.

seriously?


seriously. A lot of classes for 2Ls and 3Ls aren't even curved.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby imacpa » Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:46 pm

tazfifi wrote:I know that there are a ton of these if you search it. But, actually, there isn't anyone for current 1L's (congrats everyone BTW for being done with your 1L year).

I'm a 0L and want to learn from all your advice/experiences!


Studying is key and I agree with most of my 1L (now 2L) peers on what's been said so far. The key is to learn how to study efficiently. During my second semester, I didn't study quite as hard as the first semester and still finished with a higher GPA for the second semester.

Grades are the key in your first semester. Study, again, is key but the difference in performance will be the result of preparation for final exams. I would try and get as many practice exams as possible from your professors and develop your stamina and accuracy. This is the one thing that's going to help you stand out because a lot of students don't take the time to review practice exams before the final. Practice exams will help you to develop your issue spotting abilities and enhance your ability to write under pressure.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby Bosque » Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:20 pm

Wait, you guys already have your second semester grades back?

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby imacpa » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:08 pm

Bosque wrote:Wait, you guys already have your second semester grades back?


Yes. We already received our grades. I didn't realize there are others still awaitiing grades.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby Bosque » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:53 pm

imacpa wrote:
Bosque wrote:Wait, you guys already have your second semester grades back?


Yes. We already received our grades. I didn't realize there are others still awaitiing grades.


Yup. Duke probably wont tell us ours until the end of the month at the earliest. I know they are all graded by our professors and not TAs, but still. I think they let the professors have a little too much time.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby samiseaborn » Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:02 pm

imacpa wrote:
Bosque wrote:Wait, you guys already have your second semester grades back?


Yes. We already received our grades. I didn't realize there are others still awaitiing grades.


haven't gotten one grade yet.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby bigben » Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:06 pm

In a rational world everyone would take it easy. The game is already over, unless you're gunning for clerkships/academia (ugh).

ITE, though, it seems that hope springs eternal, or something.

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Re: 1Ls what are you going to do differently next year?

Postby Aqualibrium » Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:07 pm

RVP11 wrote:Study less.



LOL this is exactly what I thought of when I saw the thread title! Def what i'm doing.




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