September 9, 2013 at 3:00
Yay for my last year of school! This year comes with usual nerves about beginning a new semester but now it is also about finishing my last year, winning mock trial competitions, passing the bar and getting a J-O-B. While I am anxious about all that is to come, as anything comes to an end there is also a time for reflection. So, here are a few things to consider as you embark on the law school admissions process.
When I began the process of applying to law school one of the most important considerations was service—customer service—with a background in the service industry, bad service is a deal breaker for me. I can honestly say that from my first interaction with the admissions staff I have had amazing service from the faculty, staff and administration. There’s a saying something to the effect of “when a person shows you who they are, believe them.” Most of you reading this are in the application process and my advice to you would be to apply that same criterion to the universities you apply to. It is likely that if you get bad service on day one it won’t improve once you enroll.
Something that is easier said than done: don’t stress. I don’t mean blow off the LSAT or your last semester grades but take time to have fun. You will need this skill once you come to law school. While I cannot say with certainty, I would venture to say that those that come to law school and don’t know how to de-stress and have fun are the ones that don’t make it through their first year or their hair turns gray. Law school is stressful but finishing and doing well is not something that is not attainable.
Along the same lines, chose a city that works for your lifestyle. It is unlikely that you will be able to hang out every night and every weekend (or afford it) — find a city that works for you. I did not think Tulsa would be the city for me but for school it is a great fit. Tulsa provides enough distractions for a fun night or weekend out but not so much that I blow off my reading and studying.
Lastly, make time for your family and old friends and make some new friends. Your friends and family will help you to stay grounded. Your new friends in law school will understand your pains and frustrations because they are in the trenches with you. Both sets will be vital to your survival. Don’t think that because you are on your way to a new fabulous career or saving the world that you won’t need your friends and family. When the world seems like it has turned against you friends and family will always be there to with a shoulder, a cheesecake (I’ve been watching re-runs of the Golden Girls) or a beverage of your choice.
As always if you have questions from those of us in the trenches you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck out there!