Letter to a 1L on the First Day of Law School (Excerpt from 'The Law of Law School')
The Law of Law School: The Essential Guide for First-Year Law Students (NYU Press 2020)
10 Pages Posted: 20 May 2020
Date Written: April 7, 2020
Law school creates a challenging educational environment for all students. A “Letter to a 1L on the First Day of Law School” offers words of comfort and encouragement to combat the disorientation and self-doubt that arises during the first few weeks of law school. Written to introduce, “The Law of Law School: The Essential Guide for First-Year Law Students,” this short essay explains the difficult task of first learning about legal methods, legal language, legal pedagogy, and the legal profession through a traditional law school curriculum. The letter attempts to demystify the law school experience and offer a first-year orientation guide to shape the learning experience.
Excerpt from “The Law of Law School: The Essential Guide for First Year Students” co-author Jonathan Yusef Newton (NYU Press 2020).
Keywords: law school, law, legal education, legal pedagogy, law administration, prelaw, 1L, legal methods, law school orientation
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