While it is easy to think of your fellow students as mere classmates, it is vital to to think of them as more than classmates: they are, and will be, your colleagues in the legal field. The professional relationships that you forge during law school can make or break your law school experience, and make or break your launch into your legal career. Focus on creating relationships of mutual trust and respect, and always treat your fellow students with dignity. The relationships that you build with your colleagues now may have an effect on your future practice more than you can see today. If your colleagues have a conflict of interest with a particular case, you want them to trust you enough to refer their client to you with the case. If you have a question about an area of law that you know one of your colleagues regularly practices, their willingness to lend their expertise will depend on your professional relationship with that person. If someday down the road you want to open your own law office, you may need to seek one of your colleagues to help you with the new business venture. Further, while you are in law school, especially in Moscow, your fellow law students will become a stand-in for many of your friends and much of your family, so you should always strive to take care of one another during this exceptionally trying experience. For all of these reasons, and many more that you will come to learn during your law school career, it is important to maintain good professional relationships with your fellow students.
Equally important is building strong relationships with the faculty and staff at the University. The staff serve important roles within the organization, but can sometimes be invisible to you as a student until you require their help. Often there will be one staff member who can help you, and if you already have a good professional relationship with that staff member, you will have better (and quicker) access to the services that they provide. Staff serve important gate-keeping roles, and can provide you with wonderful guidance if you need help accomplishing something for yourself or your organization. It is also vitally important that you create and maintain excellent relationships with the faculty of the University. For starters, you want to be comfortable approaching them with questions about your courses; if you have a good professional relationship with your Professor, it is much easier to approach them with any difficulty you may encounter with the material covered in their course. Further, you will need mentoring throughout your law school experience, and your Professors have all been through law school themselves. They can provide you with insights and reassurances that may mean more than any you get from your family or friends during your 3 years buried in books and papers. Perhaps most importantly, you want to maintain an excellent professional reputation among the faculty and staff, so that when you need a reference to list on a job application, you don't have to fret about who that person might be. If you have taken the time to build and maintain good relationships, you will have your choice of Professors to choose as a reference.
Finally, it is exceptionally important to create relationships with legal practitioners in the geographic and legal area in which you want to practice. By showing them your professional acumen as a student, you will increase the chances that they will want to hire you as a graduate. Further, legal practitioners in Idaho are part of a relatively small, tightly knit community of professionals who talk with each other a lot: even if the practitioners you know can't hire you, they very well might know somebody who can. By helping local practitioners with pro bono cases while you are in law school, by doing internships or externships, and by striving to attend events where lawyers are gathering (think CLEs, ITLA events, legal aid clinics, and the like) you will position yourself in the minds of working attorneys as a reliable source of legal services.
There are a litany of other reasons that building professional relationships and a strong professional reputation are important while you are in law school, but the main point is to always be focused on the future. You don't want your tomorrow to be full of missed opportunities because of the relationships you floundered today.