Your law school spring break is here, and it’s time to take a break from (or get ahead on) your studies and recharge your batteries. While some may choose to spend your break relaxing at home, others may want to take advantage of this time off to explore new opportunities and gain valuable experiences.
Here are some tips for making the most of your law school’s spring break:
- Network: Spring break is a great time to build your professional network. Attend networking events, connect with alumni, and reach out to lawyers and law firms in your area and ask for a coffee or Zoom meeting. You never know what opportunities could arise from making these connections – and these types of meetings can help prepare you for OCI.
- Volunteer: Volunteering is a great way to gain hands-on experience and give back to your community – while also escaping the law school grind. There are plenty of organizations that need volunteers, such as legal aid societies, nonprofits, and pro bono clinics. Or, take a break from law and help out with a local cause or organization. Consider volunteering for a cause that you are passionate about or that aligns with your career goals.
- Shadow: Shadowing a lawyer is an excellent way to gain insight into the legal profession and learn about different practice areas. Reach out to lawyers in your area and see if they would be willing to let you shadow them for a day or two during your spring break.
- Start Outlining: As much as you might dread this suggestion, starting an outline early with the extra time you have might be make or break for getting ahead and reducing stress in the final weeks of the semester. Set aside a few days, or even half days, to catch up and get oriented. Remember, outlining is an iterative process – it helps to start early!
- Relax: Lastly, don’t forget to take some time to relax and recharge. Law school can be stressful, and it’s important to take care of your mental health. Whether it’s spending time with family and friends, reading a book, or practicing meditation, find a way to unwind and recharge your batteries.
In conclusion, spring break during law school is an excellent opportunity to gain new experiences, build your network, and take care of yourself. We hope these tips help you make the most of your break, and wish you a fun and restful spring break!