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Learn to Read, Write Like a Law Student Before Classes Start

First-year students must learn a new vocabulary to successfully complete assignments, experts say.

Speaking with a law school adviser over the summer can help incoming law students prepare for upcoming writing assignments.

Speaking with a law school adviser over the summer can help incoming law students prepare for upcoming writing assignments.

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"I didn't really have to write in college," says the rising 2L at the Chicago—Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Reading assignments were also a challenge for Kanlic, who says it wasn't uncommon to have to do 100 pages per week.

Successfully completing a grueling first year paid off. He is spending the summer interning at a personal injury law firm but has some advice for incoming first-year students.

"You're not really going to have a lot of time to reread things," he warns. "You kind of need to get it the first time and really kind of focus on what you're taking away from those cases."

Preparation can make any school year easier, but experts agree that students shouldn't feel pressured to prepare. Students may become unnecessarily stressed if they get too wound up about potential assignments, says Hall of the University of Mississippi. He encourages students not to get burned out before the semester even begins.

Above all else, he believes soon-to-be students should do one thing before school starts: "I think they should relax."

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