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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Monday, September 01, 2003
Posted 12:00 PM by Lawren
Advice from Grandma:

Some of you may be taking this entire day and relaxing--movies, friends, etc. If so, good for you! You deserve it!

If you aren't, and you are doing some homework, I'd like to make a suggestion. Time really gets away from you once law school gets going in full force. Although this would be an excellent day to get a little ahead in your classes, it's also a GREAT day to do some of the things that you will feel that you don't have time for in a month or two. What do I have in mind?

1) Update your resume. 1L's, put your law school info on there. 2-3L's, get that summer job on there, new GPA, activities, etc. THEN, e-mail it to Shannon or Holly in the Office of Professional Development. They always look over mine before I consider it "finished" and they always have great suggestions.

2) Write a cover letter. Once you have a good one, you really only erase the person you are sending it to. Again, get to the Office of Professional Development for a lookover.

3) Start looking at your supplements (if you use them). It always seems like extra reading, but now is the PERFECT time to get a good basis of where you've been your first week, and where you're going next week. Supplements can also help clarify anything you didn't understand.

4) Do something around the house you think you don't have time for--clean out a closet, go to the store and do a major stock-up on food so you don't have to go much later, dust, etc.

5) Go buy yourself a nice suit. By nice, I don't mean expensive--I mean fits well, clean-cut, and a good interview color. My suggestions: navy, black, gray, pinstripe. It's the end of the summer season, so it's a GREAT time to find suits marked down to a more affordable price. You can try a nice store like Ann Taylor, J Crew, Nordstrom's, Parisian, etc.. but I've also found great suits at TJ Maxx and Marshall's.

Have a wonderful day--no matter what you decide to do! (Too bad the weather isn't cooperating).

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