What do you know or have learned now that you wish somebody told you on your first day as a Hastings student? Any words of wisdom, be it the "don't drink the coffee here" (which made me laugh) to the "AVOID AT ALL COSTS" variety is kindly accepted.
Hm, I like the coffee - so measure my advice by that standard. I also like Starbucks. A few thoughts:
If you can bring a lunch you save a decent amount of cash. The food trucks come on Friday - maybe don't bring lunch then. Chairman Bao's bun truck rocks.
Make law school friends, but make a regular (once a month, once a week) coffee date with a friend who isn't in law school.
I will say second semester hits a heck of a lot harder than first, so ignore it when people tell you that it's OK to put stuff like volunteering off until you "get the hang" of law school. Adding in moot court, a job hunt, and the fact that professors tend to think you know how to read a case so they can give you a few more to read each week makes second semester fun for all involved. IMHO if you can't juggle it first semester you really won't be able to second semester, but that could be my own limitation.
Bust your butt to get the grades. It will pay off, I promise.
Also, I like how you get all of your work done at school. How late do you find yourself staying on campus? How have you managed to, well, manage the home life with the law student life?
Sorry to have misled you! I don't get all of my work done at school - I'm actually waiting for my brief to finish printing for a final review as I type this. However, I try to take as little home as possible, and during the first semester things only really came home over the weekends when I was getting towards finals. Now that I'm in second semester I bring more home, but still have threeish evenings without anything and at least one day over the weekend (got back today from a trip to Tahoe over the long weekend where I did all of about an hour of work). Right now I'm home at around 6/6:30p MWF, home 9p on Tues, and we volunteer together at our church on Thursday evenings.
On home life...I had a lot of honest conversations with my spouse before I came to law school, and now I try to check in and make sure he is doing well regularly - communication, as always, is key. I also try to go out of my way to thank him for his being awesome and helping me out with law school (breakfast in bed before leaving at 6:45a goes a long way). A few other thoughts: always good to let the sig. other know when life is going to get crazy (generally bad weeks are when LWR papers are due, and when brief drafts are due) so he can arrange for a business trip if he doesn't want to witness the insanity. Find ways to be together, even if it's just a hand-held walk to walgreens so you can pick up more highlighters
. Disclaimer: the spouse rocks and goes out of his way to help me succeed, so it's sorta easy
Anyone else have thoughts?