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1L Week

Congratulations on starting law school! The ABA would like to welcome you by sending you a special gift. All you have to do is become an ABA Member between Monday, August 21, and Monday, August 28, 2023.

Advice for 1Ls
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Embrace the Change—Law School vs. Undergrad

Change may be necessary, but it can be uncomfortable as well. One of the easiest ways to help prepare for this transition is to be proactive to alleviate as much uncertainty and confusion as possible. Learn what to expect before law school to soften the blow.

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Dear 1Ls: You Belong Here

In the months leading up to my 1L year, it seemed like everyone in my life had opinions about the “best” way to approach law school. Some of that advice was truly terrible. But there were a few “golden nuggets” that shaped my 1L experience.

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Lessons for Starting the Law School Year (From Some Law Professors)

It's not easy to successfully get through law school. Do you join a study group? How do you deal with stress? What advice do professors have for you? If you're looking for advice, you've come to the right place.

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Thriving as a 1L: Transitioning to a Law School Mindset

Thinking about going to law school? Applied to law school, but do not know what is next? Accepted to law school, but nervous about what it will be like? Almost ready to begin your first year of law school and want to get a head start? Well...first, “Welcome to Law School!”

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Live Webinars
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1L Outlining Workshop: The Fundamentals For Your Final Exam Success

Wednesday, Aug 23 | 1 PM EDT. Join the ABA and Kaplan for an outlining workshop that will cover all of the basics for creating great law school outlines!

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Roadmap to 1L Success

Master your 1L journey with expert tips and tools. Join our Roadmap to 1L Success webinar, co-hosted by Themis Bar Review & ABA. Prepare yourself for law school with Themis's academic support expert, Michele Cooley, as she provides insights, study techniques, time management skills, and legal task tips!

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Mental Health Resources
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Mental Health Toolkit and Resources

You, the law student, matter. It is okay that you will not be okay from time-to-time while in law school; this mental health guide is the result of efforts from hundreds of individuals around the country who want to facilitate your well-being.

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Top Tips for Mental and Emotional Well-being

This roller-coaster ride lasts three years and is incredibly taxing on the mind and body, which can give rise to feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and depression. The following are suggestions on ways to nurture your mental and emotional well-being while you ride this law school roller coaster.

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The Law Student Podcast Talks Mental Health

Raising awareness is helping to remove the stigma surrounding lawyer well-being. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Kris Butler talks to Terry Harrell and John Berry about mental health and well-being in the legal profession and law schools.

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Wellness: Be Proactive!

Law students begin to carry the weight of the profession on the very first day and will continue carrying it throughout their careers. Thus, being proactive with wellness is vital to personal and professional success.

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Mindfulness for Cold Calling

While nothing can completely dispel the terror that cold calling initiates, having a specific plan can help.

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Claim Your Membership Gift

Your ABA Membership will give you the tools and resources to help you succeed in law school and beyond. Join now to get access to benefits, perks, and discounts you can’t get anywhere else.

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the New Student Starter Gift, you must be a 1L as of August 2023 and join the ABA between August 21, 2023, and August 25, 2023, as a Law Student Member or a Premium Law Student Member (the gifts vary depending on membership type). The New Student Starter Kit will be shipped automatically based on your ABA member profile. Please make sure your ABA profile, including graduation dates and mailing address, is correct. ABA Members Services is available to help — (800) 285-2221. Allow 3-8 weeks for delivery.