thecilent wrote: Helmholtz wrote:
BruceWayne wrote:This isn't substantive but I think it's a really good idea; and I wish I had done it.
1. Learn the bluebook (particularly the white pages). This will prevent you from having to teach it to yourself during the semester (when every second of your time is valuable). That way when the journal tryouts come around you will be ready to go and you won't have to fall behind on your reading, outlining, etc.
2. Learn to type FAST. I really had no idea how important this was before coming to law school. Even TLS doesn't play it up as much as they should. Every A+/top exam I've seen for the professors I took last semester was 18+ pages (written in 3-4 hours).
3. Improve your writing skills. This will come in handy for every facet of law school/your legal life. Learn proper grammar usage rules etc.
+1 to all. Good advice. I put a lot of time into improving my typing speed over the summer, but looking back, I wish I would have gotten to know the bluebook better and had spent some time with both a general and a legal grammatical guide.
When usually are journal tryouts?
I know that the competition for LR starts almost immediately after finals are done here, but you're going to start doing some legal writing and bluebooking pretty early into your first semester. Eugene Volokh, in his book on legal writing and law review competitions, stresses that you should be extremely familiar with the bluebook and a general/legal style guide long before that time even rolls around. You'll save yourself some time and anxiety if you're already plugged into those guides. And unlike law courses, which, for the most part, can differ wildly from professor to professor, what's good bluebooking/writing at Harvard is good bluebooking/writing at Cornell which is good bluebooking/writing at UIUC, generally speaking.
Oh, and I forgot something else. This may sound ridiculously premature, but get some of your 1L summer job stuff done before you start LS. You're going to be overwhelmed as things get moving and around Dec. 1st, you're probably going to be feeling the walls of your first exams start to close in. This is really my biggest regret re: 0L prep. I wish to god that I had the foresight to take care of the bulk of all things 1L summer early on.