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Continued from page 46 where they call on you in class without any warning. If you have worked for a year, you have hopefully had a mental break. If not, I would try to have a really nice, stress free summer before you start law school, which hopefully includes a lot of traveling and trips to the beach. If you are burnt out from college, or going through a major life crisis, I would think about waiting to apply to law school next year. 4) It can be hard to transfer to another law school. Jemma, a senior looked dubiously over her list of law school acceptances recently. She shook her head. She was unhappy with her choices. “I think I’ll just try to transfer for my second year of law school,” she told me. “It’s not always easy to transfer when you are in law school,” I told her. “Law schools tend to have much smaller classes than colleges. There are not that many openings. Often it’s just the very top of the class that transfers out, if at all. Plus, you
probably will need to have stellar first year grades in law school to transfer.” In my experience not that many law students transfer to a different school. It’s certainly competitive to do so. And transfer students sometimes miss recruitment events at their new school that might start before they arrive. I’m not saying not to try to transfer, I’m just saying that’s it’s not a guarantee. I would try to get into the schools you really want to go to in the first place. 5) Try your best to ignore peer pressure. I’m sure it has started for you already. Your friends are asking you what law schools you are going to apply to. Even worse, they might ask you what your LSAT score is. The pressure starts well
before you actually enter law school. My advice: You don’t have to answer all questions from well meaning friends. That is privileged information. It’s yours to keep to yourself if you want to. I still remember standing by my locker in law school. A girl with a locker near mine was always asking me what my grades were every time we had a test or a paper due. I finally figured out that I didn’t have to answer all of her questions. There is enough pressure from within when you are a law student. Try to maintain your relationships with your friends from college and high school, and with your family. They will help keep you balanced both now, as a pre-law student, and when you get to law school. My advice is to keep your own counsel.
HILLARY MANTIS works with pre-law students, law students and lawyers. She is the pre-law advisor at Fordham University, the former director of career services at Fordham University School of Law, and the author of Alternative Careers for Lawyers and Jobs for Lawyers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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