he most stressful time of the year for law students is undoubtedly the final exam period. The good news is that winter break is right around the corner, affording weary students an opportunity to rest, recharge, and prepare for hitting the ground running when Spring semester begins.
So, what are you planning to do during your well-earned break?
While it may be tempting to just veg out in front of the television and sleep in, winter break is actually a great time to continue to build your legal resume and maybe even boost your GPA!
Many law schools allow students to take three to four weeks off after the fall semester. That means, this is also a great time to put in volunteer hours at a local legal clinic, or your city’s State’s Attorney or Public Defender’s office. (Visit your career services office to see what kind of volunteer opportunities are available in your area.) If you’re currently working as a law clerk at a firm, you can also request more hours so you can really hone your skills—and make a little extra holiday cash to boot.
Some schools, recognizing that students in colder climes like to hightail it to warm, exotic locales, offer study abroad programs that allow students to earn credits while soaking in the sun. The added bonus of these types of programs is that professors are more relaxed and there is generally no grading curve!
If you prefer to travel without the hassle of attending class and studying, you can find great deals on hotels and plane fares at a number of sites dedicated to providing discounts to students. STA Travel, Student Universe, and Travelosophy are good places to begin planning your winter travels.
However you plan to spend your winter break, make sure to make it count!