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Time Management as a first year law student

by Camille Daley (1L)

Time management in law school is essential to success. From day one of class you are expected to have read, prepared, and briefed cases. It is imperative to stay organized and dedicated to a schedule so that you can manage your time effectively.

One of the first things that I did during orientation was to buy a planner. I have never used one before; in undergrad I used Google Calendar. However, I have found my old fashioned planner to be my lifesaver in law school. Not only do I plan ahead for readings in my classes by looking at the professor’s outline, but I also keep all of my meetings in line for various clubs as well as social activities.

Time management in law school isn’t just about class though. It is also about managing your sleep, exercise, and your life outside of law school. The first few weeks of school were difficult, but I believe it was because I didn’t have a schedule to fall back on. I would definitely recommend setting a schedule that you can follow every day. Even if you don’t have class until 10:00am one day, and the rest of your classes are at 8:00am throughout the week, don’t sleep in. Stay on a set schedule and it will help you tremendously. Furthermore, it is so helpful to make sure to have fun while you are in law school. I joined the SUCOL flag football team, and found that it was a great way to run around outside with law school friends, and that it relieved stress as well. 

Time management in law school is essential to stay healthy, active, and prepared for class. As I stated, I use a planner and still use Google Calendar. You have to find a way that works for you, and stick to it. 

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