Recalling my law school experience, I can remember the period before Thanksgiving Break as being a mixture of relief and anxiety. I knew I would be able to see my family soon, eat really good food, and just generally turn my brain off. At the same time, I knew I couldn’t turn off the fact that I was a law student and I would start final exams the 1st day break concluded. So what is there to do? Well, let’s see…
1) DO enjoy the time spent with loved ones.
It is still a holiday, so be sure to take advantage of this time that families come together. Be sure to show some love to the family and friends who have supported you during your law school career. Definitely be thankful for them listening to all your complaints about the process too
2) DO start outlining if you have not already.
Now I am sure I have many opponents to this idea. People might say it is way too late in the game to even think about composing an outline. However, I think Thanksgiving Break is a fairly good time to start putting together your final exam outlines simply because of your mind state. Being around family and friends, may bring a sense of calm (I said “may”) and in turn be a way to get the juices flowing. In the alternative, being able to escape by doing an outline or two could be the perfect excuse to avoid an awkward conversation with Aunt Sarah about her potential divorce with Uncle Charles. “Sorry, I really need to get back to some note-taking Auntie!”
3) DO “search and seize.”
In conjunction with #2, be sure to check out your student organizations because they may have outlines already created for you to glance over on that plane ride home. If you are staying on or near the law school campus, grab some sample exam questions/answers from your law library as many librarians may keep a file of past professors exams. Also, there are hundreds of great legal bloggers who offer great information about outlining and finals prep. I even have a YouTube video about getting through Thanksgiving Break as a law student. Plenty of resources at your fingertips.
4) DO give the keys to someone else.
Pretty self-explanatory, but it is important that you remember you have school to return to once break is over. You don’t want to start the finals season with a court date hanging over your head.
Good luck to everyone this winter. As always, you may contact us here at LawSchoolNobody.com if you have any questions!