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November 19, 2021

Dean's Fellow Digest Issue #37: Using Winter Break Productively

Issue: 2021-11-19

Dean's Fellows consistently strive to support students in realizing their full academic potential, leading ultimately to success on the bar exam and in the workplace. To support all Southwestern students in this goal, the Dean's Fellows created this Digest as a way to check-in at critical times throughout the semester with helpful tips, strategies, and encouragement. 


  • Using Winter Break Productively

Your Dean's Fellows have compiled a list of tips to help you start the new year off right and use your winter break productively. Check out the list below: 

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  • Work on your cover letter, resume, and writing sample
  • Complete outside scholarship applications
  • Volunteer and get Public Service Program hours
  • Check out course listings for your 2L year, consider Summer 2022 classes, and research concentrations if any are of interest to you
  • Organize your outlines from the Fall
  • Note important deadlines and date for the Spring
  • Calendar your class schedule
  • Order your books for the Spring and return your rentals from the Fall


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  • Take time to purposefully reflect on your first semester. What are you proud of? What might you adjust for the spring? 
  • Rest!
  • Read for pleasure
  • Take up a hobby
  • Catch up on life outside of law school before the new semester gets busy again
  • Network! Email, call, or set up coffee with past references, mentors, or potential employers


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  • Review Themis questions (to familiarize with Spring subjects and to test knowledge of Fall subjects)
  • Get certified on Lexis and Westlaw
  • Familiarize yourself with Spring Syllabi

Note financial aid/FAFSA deadlines and budget appropriately for the Spring semester!

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