LAW SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE

5 reasons not to be rude, dude.

Intro

So, it’s your first year in law school…

You’ve been waiting years for this moment – from prepping your undergraduate resume for law school admissions to binge-watching A Few Good Men and My Cousin Vinny. Hey, you might have even snuck in a few minutes of Legally Blonde.

Now that you’re finally here, what do you do? Well, it depends. For starters – don’t be rude. We know what you’re thinking: “I’m a really nice person. I’m very self-aware and I’m not going to be that person in class.”

Here are five reasons to hold firm to that commitment and be your best self to your classmates in law school.

The 5 Reasons

Make the most out of your experience.

Being nice to your classmates pays off.

Everyone knows that law school is one big competition, which can make you feel uneasy around your classmates. It’s way smoother and more conducive to learning, though, when people are helping each other – and not giving in to the inherently competitive nature of the whole ordeal.

What goes around comes around.

Your classmates are the first group of contacts you will make in your career, and you want to get your reputation in the legal world off on the right foot. Law school isn’t going to teach you this, but no matter where your career takes you – Biglaw, Public Interest, Academia, the Judiciary, Government, Small Firm/Solo Practice – it’s a business. You’re going to need friends at all levels as you scramble to market yourself as a professional.

Your classmates have the wisdom you don’t.

Get to know your classmates, because they may have skills you don’t. While you may be a solid legal writer, maybe your litigation skills need some help. Emily, the girl next to you who never talks but participates in every student group, is most likely the super sneaky litigator. Don’t mess with Em! (But, you should get to know her.)

Study groups = built-in therapy.

You’re already stretched for time. Did you know your study group can pull double duty by helping you prepare for class AND offering group therapy all in one caffeine-fueled hour? But only if you return the empathy! Mutual support can mean the difference between barely surviving and really thriving in law school.

Your brand has a long shelf life.

Tend to your image now, along with studying, prepping your resume and getting ready for OCIs. Your professors and classmates will notice how you show up – and their impressions now could make a difference down the road.

Do you know your legal stuff?

For Negligence claims, what is the standard for the “conduct of a reasonable man?” No, it is not someone who is reasonable.

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