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To all the future law students and newbie 1Ls, here’s some important advice:
As part of your law school prep, ask lawyers for their insights:
ASK! ASK! ASK!
Ask lawyers, and you’ll be surprised by their advice and their willingness to share.
I’m a living example of this because someone asked me.
A while ago, an individual sent me a LinkedIn connection request. My practice is to accept and respond with a personal note, which I did. His follow-up then mentioned that he was planning for law school. So I responded back with this (name redacted to protect the innocent):
And kudos to him—he ASKED!
I’m 17 years removed from law school, and I haven’t practiced law in 14 years. Despite this, I took a crack at the what-would-you-recommend question. Thinking back to law school, here’s what I said:
Happy to try and help you. Here's some advice:
So that was my advice to this future law student. Three years of law school knowledge reduced to a 4 x 8 inch LinkedIn reply.
And to any lawyers who slogged through my blabber-fest:17 years was a long time ago for me. I might've mis-remembered; I might've missed something. If there’s more I can offer this student (or any students reading), please leave your thoughts in the comments below.