The Law School Don’ts column features several helpful tips, such as: “don’t miss class,” “don’t be a stress-magnet,” and “don’t take yourself and law school too seriously.”
Ms. JD didn’t ask me for my advice, but after reading the advice she collected, I feel comfortable adding some of my own “don’ts” here: “don’t sweat the small stuff,” “don’t cry over spilled milk,” and “don’t do unto others as you wouldn’t have them do unto you.”
That’s right, this one includes don’ts and dos.
In my opinion, the Inter Alia advice is more practical. In fact, I expect to see many of their don’ts violated on the first day I return to school. Here are some samples: “don’t attempt to quiet your neighbors in the carrels next door by means of some passive aggressive strategy,” “don’t stare at your neighbor’s laptop screen,” and “don’t rush in to the classroom before the other class has had a chance to get out of their seats.”
I was also pleased to see Inter Alia make the subtle distinction between raising your hand to talk about yourself (don’t) and raising your hand to answer a question (do).
Just to clarify, I am guilty, at times, of
violating some of Inter Alia’s don’ts. For instance, I frequently stare at my neighbors’ laptop screens (I once
saw a classmate beat an especially hard level on Super Mario 3 and actually let
out a little cheer before I caught myself), and rush into classes early to snap
up my favorite seats. This is stuff we
can all think about as we head back to school.
PrawfsBlawg also has some pretty meaty advice available.