DISCLAIMER: BY NO MEANS AM I SAYING THAT THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO FIND OUT A METHOD THAT WORKS THE BEST FOR YOU.
Now, getting on to the interesting part. What exactly do you find yourself attracted to when you meet an intelligent law student. And no. I don't mean law students who are studious but law students who know the law. Law students who are passionate about law.
Here are some noticeable traits I found common amongst them.
THEY TOOK TIME OUT FOR THEMSELVES TO FIGURE THEMSELVES AND THEIR PREFERRED FIELD OUT.
One of the most common misconceptions I've heard and probably the worst advice I've ever received is "If you don't know what you're doing, you are not fit for this field. You should figure things out from the beginning."
I mean, as much as I do admire people who know everything and can plan out things for themselves, I am quite appalled by the idea of knowing everything when you have ample time to figure things out for yourself.
The ones I know, who are successful in their fields, took time out for themselves, reflected on their behaviour, lifestyle, patterns and many other things to figure out what they truly wanted. If you're interested in Criminal Law, it's absolutely alright to give it a shot in Corporate law to figure out what you truly want.
Please do not go by the conventional standard of having things figured out from the very beginning.
HANGING OUT WITH PEOPLE WHO THEY CONSIDER, ARE BETTER THAN THEM.
A common piece of advice that I've received from a person I consider to be my mentor is, that you should never mix business with pleasure. They told me, that my study group should be different from my circle of friends and the only time this should overlap is when you know that your circle is uplifting you, motivating you and is conventionally better than you in terms of academics or professionally.
While I do not fully agree with some of the parts, I do agree for the most part. Your friends should be uplifting you regardless of whether they're a part of your study group or not. But this is a golden piece of advice.
It reminds me of the quote, "If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room." This quote works in many ways and not just academically. Some of the smartest people I've come across are not that academically bright. But they've turned out to be some of the best mentors and practitioners of their fields.
START THINGS EARLY.
It could be as little as waking up an hour earlier or getting your books, calendar, and plan of action ready for the next semester. Professionally, it could be doing your readings before the hearing as an intern, or just being ahead of your study schedule before everyone else.
No matter how anti-social you are, you need to start networking. Building networks with the right people give you a boost and help you in your career professionally. Make sure you present yourself in the best manner and you'll see that you have started to flourish. You'll find the best mentors, the best guides, even people that would prospectively hire you to work.
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