2019 Road Map: Destination Success

2019 Road Map: Destination Success
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Happy new year everyone! I hope you’ve had a good rest over the Christmas holiday and are looking forward to resuming back to your respective campuses of the Law School tomorrow. It’s going to be a long 15 + weeks between now and when you have your next short break in April, just before you proceed for your externship and chamber placements, so here’s a little pep talk to put a spring in your steps.

The thing about the law school programme is that it’s a marathon and not a sprint, so you have to pace yourself and make sure you don’t burn out too early

In January, it always seems like April is a long way off, but because you would be very busy in the intervening period, time can fly really quickly. The thing about the law school programme is that it’s a marathon and not a sprint, so you have to pace yourself and make sure you don’t burn out too early. Consider yourself to be a professional athlete in preparation for the Olympics (Bar Finals), and structure and pace your preparation to enable you operate at your peak levels by the end of July/August.

Every working day of the week, you will be learning a different course, and something new in each course. This can seem a daunting task sometimes, having all this information being thrown at you constantly, without having sufficient time to process and assimilate all of it. You’ll probably see some of your colleagues answer questions in class very easily and wonder if you are really making any progress personally. You may be given “snap tests” or “pop quizzes” in class from time to time and make scores which you’ll be too ashamed to disclose to anyone. All of that does not matter, what counts is that you are making real and steady progress every day. There’s never any need to panic, and there’s no point comparing yourself with another person.

Focus means becoming less sentimental in making decisions and eliminating anything or anyone that serves as a distraction

At some point, you may have to make certain sacrifices, like going off social media or not attending weddings/parties every weekend. It’s all for the greater good and only for a short while. You don’t need to be overly rigid and completely cut yourself off from every social engagement though, as that could also lead to you becoming disillusioned or depressed. What you need to do is to focus on the goal ahead of you and live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Goodluck and Godspeed, and I hope you have a very successful 2019!


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