Showing posts from September, 2019

How to Set Up Your Planner for Law School

Although I have previously written about how I set up my planner, things have definitely changed since I started law school. I've begun to organize things differently, and, with how busy my schedule has become, it's essential to keep everything as clear as possible so I don't go crazy. Related: My Planner Setup I'm still using my Happy Planner, and I do plan on buying another one for 2020, so my planner setup is based on the three rows that make up every week. I also make use of the "check it off" and "don't forget" areas in each weekly setup. Related: The Happy Planner Review Going from left to right in my planner, there are the two sections I mentioned above, as well as a small monthly calendar. On the month calendar, I highlight which week of the month this weekly spread covers. I think it's a great way to stay present when I can glance ahead quickly and not have to spend too much time flipping through the pages to figure thin

Law School vs. Undergrad: Syllabus Week Comparisions

Syllabus week was always great in undergrad. There's nothing like starting school again after a summer of being lazy and having an easy week to help you get back into the swing of things. Of course, as I progressed through my major, syllabus week did involve a little more work, but it was always a relaxing time to only begin putting my brain back into school mode. The first week of law school is nothing like that. Related: My First Week of Law School I knew beforehand that I'd have advanced assignments, so going over those readings wasn't a shock to me. In reality, the biggest shock was how long the week seemed to drag on. As much fun as I was having getting to know my classmates and learning new material, I was exhausted. Things seemed to constantly be happening and I felt like I didn't have any time to not think about my classes. I knew things would be busy, but going from taking a year off to spending more time at the law building than my own apartment w

What's in My Backpack?

My backpack follows me everywhere I go, just like any other law student. So, of course, I carry a lot of my life in there. Now that I'm basically living on campus, it's kind of like I'm carrying a second home on my back throughout the day. Every time I figure out something new that I should keep with me, it immediately finds its place in one of the many pockets on my backpack. Now that I'm almost a month into law school, I thought I'd share with you what I keep in my backpack at all times. Mini stapler This is always one of the most useful things I have with me. It's a great way to appear like you're on top of your game, and it's also a great way to meet friends--people really appreciate someone who has a stapler with them. A snack There is that point of the day where I inevitably get hungry, but it's too early or too late to make or buy an actual meal. In the mornings, I like to throw in a granola bar or some yoga into my backpack or lu

What's in My Law School Locker?

TBH, renting a locker for the year is already the best $20 I've ever spent. Having a locker makes things so much easier throughout the day. I was afraid that I'd feel like I was back in high school (sometimes I do, but I wouldn't necessarily blame that on the lockers), but I'm in love with it and would recommend other law students get one, too. Today, I thought I'd share what I always have in my locker to give you some inspiration for what you can keep in yours. My casebooks and textbooks This one kind of goes without saying that I have those in here. My current study method, however, is to finish all my readings for the next day's classes while still on campus, and then I leave my books in the law building overnight. It's been a good method so far, but I'm sure that may change once the impending doom of finals start looming over me come November. Makeup wipes You never know when you're going to need to fix your makeup because you forg