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1L Year - How to Succeed

The purpose of this guide is to demystify the law school experience, show some of the many resources you can use to improve your law school experience, and impart some advice on how to approach law school.

What to Read Before Starting Law School

These resources will help you understand how law school works, and show you what you need to do to succeed. When using these resources, remember that what you are reading is advice from experienced and well-qualified people, often law professors. Their advice is worth heeding, but there isn’t a single “correct” way to approach law school, and you need to take that advice and apply it in a way that works for you. If you can, read one or even a few of these books before starting law school.

Videos and Podcasts

Preparing for your First Semester of Law School (CALI)

In this podcast, two law professors share their experiences and insights on time management issues for law school students, preparing for class, how to brief a case, research tips applicable for 1L writing assignments (and the eventual practice of law), how to develop an understanding of the law, and techniques and tips for studying and preparing for the final exam.

Other Resources

Chapman University's 20 Tips for Success in Law School

If you don’t have time to read a book about law school, this is a good collection of tips to get you on the right track, including nuggets of wisdom like a reminder to eat a balanced breakfast and get at least seven hours of sleep a night.

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