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That special time of year that we all call “Finals Hell” is finally over. It’s the time of year when panic replaces rationality and the library is actually quiet. This finals season, I discovered one tip to share with you: tabbing. When you’ve done enough flashcard hypotheticals to make you replevy your lunch, when your memorization of the Federal Rules of Whatever has hit the wall, grab a packet of Post-It flags and go to town. You can tab your book, your outline, your statutory supplement, and your study group in five bright colors! You’ll have the illusion of productivity without actually being productive, and your books will look good too, girlfriend! And here’s an extra-special bonus tip: If you still feel a need to waste more time, make a table of contents for your outline. It’s an extra useless activity that makes you feel oh-so-efficient. This semester I studied in the library for the first time. I’ve always avoided doing so in the past, because the library at finals time is a festering cesspool of stress that all sane human beings should avoid. Here’s the analogy: Law school is like the major motion picture “Titanic,” and finals are the part after you’ve hit the iceberg. Let me set the scene, in case the one person who hasn’t seen the movie is reading this: The ship has gone under for the last time. The camera pans on the frightening image of hundreds of individuals, flailing helplessly in the sea. Just like the library at finals time! Now thankfully, Rose, our heroine, has managed to keep her wits about her and she is doggy-paddling calmly amid the mess. This is generally how I feel at finals time — I go to class, I do the readings, I’m OK! But in our screen version, some panicky idiot starts clinging onto Rose and dragging her under with him. This would be analogous to the general mood in the library during finals, especially if you’ve chosen to be in a study group. My advice: Avoid the library during finals time like it is a colony of very tactile lepers, unless you’re hanging out waiting for Leo to save your ass. I have to say, though, it was an interesting experience for me to study in the library. Generally when I read there, I sit in the same spot every day. During finals, I studied in a new place and, lo and behold, I discovered a whole new group of people. I sort of wonder if these people just come out for finals or something, because they looked disoriented and bewildered by the environs. It’s sorta like that one person in every class whom you see at the final and wonder who the heck he is, because you’ve certainly never seen him in class before. Anyway, finals are now over. The 1Ls now have the summer to prep for making fun of next year’s 1Ls, and the 2Ls have the break to prepare to be bitchy and burnt out for their entire final year of law school. And of course, everyone can now obsessively check the online grade reporting system ten times a day for the next eight weeks, even though we all know the odds of seeing a single grade before the Fourth of July are slim to none. What a summer!

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