The hard work of the application process is behind you and the hard work of 1L year is ahead. It may seem like now is the perfect time to take a break and relax, but not so fast. Before you begin your summer, you should finish a few important pre-law school tasks:
- Living arrangements – Whether you are living in an apartment or staying in on-campus housing, you should be figuring out where you will live as soon as possible. Additionally, you should be trying to locate a roommate if you plan on renting an apartment with someone else. Join social media groups for your law school class or speak directly with your school to see if they have a roommate matching system.
- Applications at other schools– If you know with certainty where you will be next fall, you should have already removed your applications from the other places where you have been accepted. Students on wait-lists may be waiting for you to remove your name from an institution’s list so they can attend their school of choice.
- Save money – Make sure you save some money over the summer for when school begins, especially if you will be waiting for student loans to finance your education. School books will need to be purchased before classes begin and school loans may not be available until weeks into your first semester. Save money now so you have some cash on hand to deal with rent deposits, books, food and any other needs that come up along the way.
- Final decisions and second seat deposits –Now is the time to make your final decisions and submit your second seat deposit at your school of choice. This choice can be a daunting one, but by this point you should have done your research and you should have a good idea of what you are looking for in a law school. Make your decision and do not look back. You will be much more at ease once you know where you will be next fall.
This is an exciting time in your life. You are about to set off on a new adventure that will be difficult, but it will also be fun. Accomplish the above tasks as soon as possible because once you enter your 1L year you will be very busy. If you finish everything now, you can enjoy your summer and relax – law school will be here before you know it!