I expected law school to be different from undergrad and far more challenging, but I never expected to actually…have…to…read…stuff. OK, that’s a lie. I expected to have to read some, I was just completely unprepared for the amount of reading that I would actually have to do(which explains why I haven’t written in a while). I have come to the sad, sobering realization that my bullshitting days are over. I can no longer skim chapters and surf SparkNotes four minutes before class and still be prepared; from now on, this will be nothing but a fond and distant memory from undergrad (tear).
While the bad news is that law school involves ridiculous amounts of reading (did I mention that you have to read every…single…word and that the readings are generously sprinkled with seemingly random bits of Latin and French words with perfectly good English equivalents that you need to stop and look up every two and a half seconds?), the good news is that there are some good tools available to help make life a little easier.
My most recent discovery is OneNote. This program has been on my computer since I bought Windows 2010 a year ago and I literally just realized it this week. Thank god. As you can probably gather from the name, OneNote is a powerful tool that can help keep all of your notes (trust me, there will be lots of notes) organized and has features that can even help you link related notes to make reviewing your notes much easier. I spent most of my day today organizing my notes for contracts and I can already tell that it will be invaluable when I start making my outline.
Check out this link for specific tips on how to use OneNote.
My other tip: Do not get behind in your classwork. If you do, you will have no idea of what’s going on in class and will waste all of your class time trying to calculate the probability of the professor calling on you and making you look like an idiot in front of your whole class.
Vale posteram tempus.
On Internet: So I guess one thing to keep in mind when you’re moving into an off-campus location is to call your internet provider ASAP to set up an appointment for a technician to come over and install the internet. Otherwise, you’ll end up like me, in the law school library on Facebook trying to like everyone’s status and comment on every new picture while checking email, paying bills and surfing Youtube during the ten minutes between orientation activities because there’s no internet in the house. (Oh, and FYI, if you get Time Warner’s Extreme internet, don’t be surprised if it’s extremely slow. Pun intended.)
On books: Unfortunately, I’m still waiting on some of my books. Right now, I’m having the biggest issue with Biggerbooks.com. I would recommend avoiding them altogether if possible because none of my books have even shipped yet and I ordered them over a week ago. From what I’ve read on their website, their books ship from an off-site warehouse, which probably explains the delay.
Also, from what I’ve gathered from talking to professors and 2L and 3Ls, it’s better not to buy supplements until later in the semester, when you have a better idea of what you actually need.
On Homework: If you haven’t checked already, make sure that you know whether or not you have homework due on the first day in any of your classes. I just found out today that I have homework due in all of my classes. FML.
On Socializing:I had a sever case of déjà vu when I went out with some of my classmates to meet some of the 2 and 3Ls on Friday. If any underclassmen are reading this, please note the following: You will still be drinking Keystone Light (or it’s effervescent equivalent) in law school. Also, start honing your flip cup skills now; they will prove invaluable in the future.
Orientation:Tomorrow is my first official day of orientation (I attended an additional optional orientation this past week, which consisted of mock classes and a mock exam). I will also get my picture taken. I am extremely unphotogenic, so I’m probably going to have to get up at six in the morning to practice smiling in front of a mirror for a few hours so that I don’t mess this up.