I am assuming by now that most of the students reading these blog posts are either admitted to the University of Idaho College of Law or anxiously awaiting that phone call from Director Wells. As such - I am sure that most of you have made the decision, bit the bullet, ate the soup, gone all-in and decided you are going to attend law school. Well, Congratulations! I know it is a tough decision; however, I also know the great experiences you are about to endure and memories you will make.
Several people have recently asked me about what they should be doing during the summer before their first year of law school to "prepare" for the upcoming challenge. I love to watch their reaction when they hear my canned response of "absolutely nothing school related - just enjoy your time off and live it up." I think it is critical for a soon-to-be-law-student to take the summer off and spend time doing things they enjoy. The honest truth is, once you begin law school it is very hard to find time off to just relax and do nothing.
Now, I am not going to spend my time giving you horror stories about the sleepless nights and emotional breakdowns - although those do sometimes go hand in hand with your first year of law school - but I will say that you are about to commence a three-year period of your life where there is always studying to do and assignments to be worked on. It is very possible that the upcoming summer is going to be the last time, in a long time, that you do not have something you should be working on or preparing for. Take advantage of the time off and do something you enjoy with the people you enjoy!
The other common questions that I have been getting relate to textbooks, class schedules, and necessary supplies. I also get a startling response to the canned answer of "Don't worry about any of that, let the pros in the admissions office take care of that for you." As the beginning of next semester gets closer you will get numerous emails with all the information you need. The admissions office makes it very easy for you, in that they will enroll you in all of your classes, send you a schedule of these classes, send you a booklist of required textbooks, and assign you to a carrell - where you will basically live during your first year. I cannot stress enough how easy to process is and believe me, you are wasting precious summer hours if you spend them worrying about these things.
In sum, I truly think that a successful first year in law school requires a student to be well rested and ready to hit the ground running on the first day of class. Although the weather in Moscow will be gorgeous on your first day of school you need to have "had your fill" of the nice weather throughout the summer and be ready to get comfortable in your carrell and hit the books.
Best of luck to each and every one of you - now go outside, take a trip, spend time with friends and family, and put the anxiety and stress about law school on the back-burner!