What To Expect As A First Year Law Student

Stay on top of your work. This sounds simple, but in law school, there is often only one exam. This means your professor may move quickly from topic to topic. Start studying throughout the semester so you are prepared for final exams. There is no “you’re on your own” at Catholic Law. If you need help, ask for it early. Professors are here to help you learn and will often work around your schedule to meet for office hours.

During your first year, all classes will be with your fellow 1Ls. This will allow first-year students to form relationships with the other first-year students. The classes for day students will run from approximately 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Fridays. Classes for those in the part-time/evening program run from approximately 6:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., Monday – Thursday.

Getting Comfortable At Law School

The Law School Cafe on the basement level is available to grab a quick bite to eat.  And just across the law school lawn at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University center (Pryz), you will find various eatery locations such as Starbucks Coffee, Fusion, Chick-fil-A, Which Which, the Student Restaurant, the P.O.D. (Provisions on Demand) Convenience Store, Murphy's Restaurant and more. There are also various quiet places to study inside the Pryz.  Students also have the option of various nearby off-campus dining options such as Bus Boys & Poets, BGR, Brookland Pint, Chipotle, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Starbucks, and &Pizza

Get comfortable at law school by learning more about Catholic Law's nationally renowned facilities, caring mentors, and balanced approach to health and wellness.


One way to immerse yourself in the collegial environment is through the Law School's various mentor programs.  Having a mentor gives you the opportunity to learn the skills you need to succeed in law school from experienced  students.  As a student there is no better way to learn how to navigate and succeed in law school than learning from someone who has been in your shoes.

Health and Wellness

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is vital during law school.  You can check out the campus Kane Fitness Center or participate in a fitness class.  Visit Student Health Services for you health-care needs or schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center to receive mental-health and emotional counseling.

Law Library Resources

On the law library's website (www.law.edu/library) you can access previous exams that professors have released to assist students in studying for exams.  It can be very helpful to see the format of real law school exams when preparing for finals.  There are Reference Librarians on staff, who have knowledge and experience to help you with all your information and research needs.