One law student writes, “What should I do in the summer to prepare for law school this fall?” In general, law students will want to relax, plan for fall, shop, and preview the upcoming course subjects.
When you are working hard this fall, you want to be able to tell yourself, “I had a great summer, but now it’s time to work” rather than, “I’ve been working so hard all year and never get a break.”
Plan Your Schedule. Towards the end of the summer, get your law school class schedule together, plan your study times, exercise routine, free times, work (if you are employed), and other commitments. Having your time organized will help you start the busy school year with a clear head.
Shop. Once school starts, you may not have much time to shop. Make sure you have your clothes, school supplies, and other personals so you can focus on studying.
Preview Your Law School Subjects. If you are a type A law student and want to do everything you can to get ahead, you may want to preview the major themes and concepts in your upcoming law school courses. This could include reading a study aid or Nutshell on the topic. It might also include listening to a Sum & Substance CD on your particular law school subjects while driving in the car. See Sum and Substance for Law Students. The point is to learn casually while you are interested, but don’t burn yourself out. I found I was getting excited about course to start, and wanted to jump into them by listening to Sum & Substance a few weeks before school started.
How about You? Are you a law student? What do you do with your summer free time to prepare for law school in the fall?