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I Survived My First Day of Law School!!!!!


In undergrad, syllabus week was the week where everyone went out Monday-Sunday because classes weren't real yet and only lasted like 1/4 of the scheduled time.

In law school, the first week is when the lesson starts and you are expected to be there prepared and not hungover.

Today was my first day of law school. I had two classes; Criminal Law from 8-10 a.m. and Torts from 10:20-11:50 a.m. You have no control over your schedule your first year, and I got lucky that I was in the morning section (I never thought I'd call myself "lucky" to start class at 8 a.m. every day, but here I am!!!!).

For Criminal Law I had about 20 pages of reading, including one case brief, due on the first day. My Torts professor sent out an email saying we had no reading for his class the whole first week which was SHOCKING and made my section the envy of all the rest.

Things that went well:

  • I was prepared--Kind of. My criminal law book somehow got completely lost in the mail and I've been on the phone with USPS for hours trying to locate it. I was out of town this last weekend so I was frantically trying to find a copy of the book I could borrow and read before class started. I had a major fear of being Elle Woods who hadn't done the assigned reading and got asked to leave class until she was prepared. Luckily, my roommate ended up having it but it didn't figure that out until I awkwardly messaged like five random people in my section asking to borrow it lol. But long story short I got the reading done yesterday.

  • My teachers didn't call randomly--You hear about this a lot in law school, called the "socratic method." Since I was prepared, I was able to raise my hand and participate, but if worst came to worst yesterday and I wasn't able to get the reading done, I would have survived. I think law professors are nicer than we expect.

  • I brought a sweater--Even though it's August in LA and was 90 degrees out today, I learned in orientation that classrooms on my campus are FREEZING. So luckily I brought a light sweater to wear over my romper and survived without any major temperature issues.

  • I didn't question why I was there--I think all my anxiety for the first day of class was because of the fear that I would get there, be completely lost, and question why I was there in the first place. This didn't happen at all. I was prepared and I was able to follow along and participate in lectures while actually being interested on the topics.

  • I got a good assigned seat--In my first class, about 85% of the class was already there when I walked in. I almost took a seat at the back of the class but instead opted for a set two rows back in the center of the class. The teacher told us these would be our seats for the year (see Elle Woods reference above) so I feel like I really lucked out on this one.

Things that could have gone better:

  • I drank too much caffeine--Since I'm not accustomed to waking up at 6:30 every morning, I drank like double the size cup of coffee I normally would have and I regretted it. In my first class I felt like I was either going to throw up all over the desk or literally shit my pants. Luckily neither happened but just stick with what you're used to.

  • I was STARVING--My little bowl of cereal did not hold me over for four hours of class. I bought strawberries from the cafeteria between classes but I was so jealous of everyone that brought snacks.

All in all, it was a good first day and made me more excited to start law school than I've ever been. 10/10 would reccommend.

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