Advice For Freshmen and Sophomores
- Take a wide range of classes to help identify your scholarly
interests. Choose your major carefully to ensure that you are selecting something
that is challenging, demanding, and interesting to you.
- In your classes, think about how you can develop skills
as well as learn content. Explore ways to enhance your concentration, listening,
note-taking, test-taking, writing, critical thinking, textual analysis, research,
and general communication skills. Visit CAPS
and take a skills workshop if you sense that your academic skill development is
not progressing each year.
- Think of ways to take responsibility for your own learning. Make
a promise to yourself to attend all your classes, to come to classes having read
all assigned materials, to set up a study schedule for all your classes, and to
use time immediatly prior to your classes to get focused on the work for the day
in each of your classes. By keeping this promise, you are giving yourself the
best possible chance to excel at UNM.
- Think about taking advantage of Supplemental Instruction when
offered in your classes (note: Supplemental Instruction may be called something
different in each class, so ask your instructor if you have questions about Supplemental
Instruction offerings) as a means of building in study time and skill development
- Spend some time exploring materials on pre-law
preparation, law school, and the legal profession. For example,
read some of the online sources on this advisement page. You might
find it interesting to read "Law
School: What To Expect and How to Cope" by University
of Arizona Professor Kenny Hegland. Don't be intimidated by Prof.
Hegland's account of the law school process; instead, think about
how to use your years at UNM to make yourself ready to excel in
a course like Prof. Hegland's first year class.
- Attend a New Mexico Law
Day in order to talk with law representatives from all over
the country as a means of familiarizing yourself with law school
- Attend a UNM Law School
Open House in order to see law school up close and to meet law students and law
- Consider visiting and/or joining a student and/or
community group in order to be a part of the larger life of the
university and community, but remember that grades (not extracurricular
activities) are your priority. For an assessment of how volunteer
activities enter into your overall academic pre-law preparation,
read this. [note this is a Word document]
- Email or visit with your pre-law advisor if you have questions
about what is right for your individual pre-law preparation needs.
- Develop time-management skills to ensure that you still
have time for fun as well as work. Online time-management and study skill sources
can help you better manage your work schedule, reduce stress, and enjoy this exciting
time in your life.