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Try to familiarize yourself with how to read and brief a case before the stress of class sets in. Many of your law schools might have an orientation program that focuses on this, and LawTutors offers through StudyBuddy Pro an online 1L prep course and orientation that teaches you what to expect with your classes, as well as free resources and articles that discuss how to brief cases, read cases and more.

Becoming familiar with the layout of cases makes the reading less daunting when classes finally arrive. You may be thinking that you’ve made it into law school, so obviously you know how to read. This is true, but keep in mind that a case book looks nothing like your college textbook. And, in most law schools, no one tells you what you should be taking away from reading a case. The more practice you have, the easier it becomes, so take any free time in August to try your hand at a few. That way, they won’t seem so strange when classes begin.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions, you don’t want to go your entire first semester without knowing what an outline is, or what it means to “brief”. Don’t be afraid to go to upper classman, professors or advisors.

Lastly, get to know the city you are in, find a good place to study, know your route to and from law school, find good places to eat, find a good gym. All that stuff that will make life so much easier when law school starts.

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