The National Jurist - Back to School 2017 - 18
D n y:
Here's how you can
succeed in law school
President Trump's youngest
daughter is the first first-daughter
to enter law school while her
father is in the White House, so
we've put together a primer to
help her get started.
By Katie Thisdell
Have you figured out where you're going
to live? Don't expect to crash at your dad's
house or couch surf for the first few weeks.
Having everything in your personal life taken care of can make life easier,
said Alison Monahan, creator of The Girl's
Guide to Law School and Law School
Toolbox. That includes everything from
furnishing your apartment and updat18
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ing your laptop to stocking
your cupboards and setting up
Amazon's subscribe and save for
"The less time you have to spend
on these things during the semester, the better," said Monahan, a 2006
graduate of Columbia Law School.
Your time is best spent on what's
important for these next three years.
Gone are the syllabus-reading days of
undergrad. Even before your first day of
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Welcome to law school, Tiffany Trump.
The next three years will not be easy.
Every law student encounters challenges,
and despite your last name, we expect you'll
be no different.
You may be embarrassed when answering a question incorrectly in class. Everyone
is at some point. (Of course, your classmates may tweet about it.)
You may feel like you're drowning in the
heavy workload. There are ways to stay on
pace. (Maybe your Secret Service detail can
help you stick to a schedule?)
And, you're going to be stressed. Very
stressed. Don't forget to take care of yourself. (We'll know if you're having fun
outside law school just by checking your
Your first-year grades play a dispropor-
tionately large role in your future job offers,
so you'll want to do your best. To help you
and your fellow classmates at Georgetown
University Law Center and at schools across
the country, we've compiled advice from
experts. They share tips on how to start off
strong and excel during your first year.
And, don't worry too much about your
father. Hopefully, your classmates will judge
you on who you are, and not on the president's approval ratings.
"My experience teaching law students
is, they're very nice people, so I think she'll
actually have a great time in law school,"
said Andrew McClurg, a professor at
The University of Memphis - Cecil C.
Humphreys School of Law and author of
"1L of a Ride: A Well-traveled Professor's
Roadmap to Success in the First Year of
"It all depends on Tiffany herself," he
said. "Everything I've read about her is she's
a very well-grounded person and she's not a
spotlight seeker, so it depends on how she