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

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Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

American University Washington College of Law; University of the District of Columbia - David A. Clarke School of Law

Date Written: April 7, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Ferguson, Andrew Guthrie, Letter to a 1L on the First Day of Law School (Excerpt from 'The Law of Law School') (April 7, 2020). The Law of Law School: The Essential Guide for First-Year Law Students (NYU Press 2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3592612

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson (Contact Author)

American University Washington College of Law ( email )

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University of the District of Columbia - David A. Clarke School of Law ( email )

4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
United States

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