So here we are again – it’s the beginning of another Spring semester for America’s law students. This time of year means a lot of different things for a law school; it’s the beginning of the end for some of you who are getting ready to (finally!) graduate, but for 1Ls, it’s the end of the beginning – that bewildering first semester when you have absolutely no idea how you’re doing. Well, 1Ls: now you know how you were doing. The question for you now, is this: what ought to come next? As a prof who primarily teaches in the first year and also experienced my own share of law school grades that were sometimes relieving, sometimes disappointing, and frequently confusing, I’d like to offer a few words of advice. If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands – and then immediately get back to work. For those of you who received above-the-curve grades, you’re probably pretty pumped right now, and it’s appropriate that you should be! I’m sure you worked really hard, …
I have also found that socializing with friends and people who have a positive outlook on life, routinely talking to close family members, and kicking butt in my fantasy football league are important tools to ensure my mental wellness.
Your first year is a marathon, not a sprint. Slacking off or sprinting ahead in September will make for a difficult December. Keep in mind, it’s usually the students who consistently show up and work hard every day who succeed, not the person rolling into class 20 minutes late.
As I looked around, I saw that some of my peers were from vastly different backgrounds. Despite our different backgrounds and resumes, one thing seemed to connect nearly all of us; uneasiness. Although every student in the building possessed a stellar academic background, none of us were exactly sure what to make of one another, our new faculty, or the workload that was soon to be in front of us.