I just graduated from law school. The biggest thing I can suggest is this: law school classes teach more in a shorter period of time than any other type of class, even medical school (I have heard this from multiple JD-MDs). You should work TOO HARD your first semester. Push the limit of what you are willing to do. Then look at your grades and see where you are. That will allow you to get a feel for the amount of work you will need to do in order to get the grades you want from now on.
I don't know how it works in your country, but in the US, grades are more important in law school than they are pretty much everywhere else. Here, you are evaluated based on class rank rather than GPA. This means that if your class is unusually high-achieving, you may have to work even harder to have the "same" performance. In my graduating class, the Top 50% cutoff was a 2.9 out of 4.0. In the class that will graduate next year, the Top 50% cutoff is a 2.6, with a 2.9 almost in the top third. Employers will glance at the 2.9, but the fact is that they will hire a Top 33% student over a Top 50% student even with the same GPA, or even if the Top 50% actually has a HIGHER GPA.
The other big suggestion is to be social, both—and this is the key—with your law school friends and some non-law school friends. Social networking is the key to advancing a legal career. I said that firms will prefer a better class rank, but what they will prefer even more is a friend of a friend. It's not like other disciplines where nepotism is an ace in the hole. In the legal profession, nepotism is the basic currency. In my graduating class of around 130, I can name off the top of my head just 1 person who got a private sector job by actually applying and interviewing with someone he had never met. It's almost unheard-of.
But you must also socialize outside of law school. One of the biggest problems is that as you study, you will find yourself turning to other people in the same situation for support. Complaining about law school will replace sports or the weather as "buffer" topics. Then, as you advance, your vocabulary will start to change. You will see lawsuits and police abuses everywhere you look. Since your classmates will see them too, they will be easier to talk to. Do not fall into this trap. You need a reality check from people who don't care about that stuff in order to stay sane. Please trust me on this.
I am also not sure if your country will use "case method" teaching. In the US, law schools teach by making you read judicial opinions instead of laws or textbooks. You learn how it works by seeing how it worked before, in litigation. If you use it, know that while it has advantages, it has major weaknesses. I highly recommend supplemental materials, books called things like, "Get an Easy A in Criminal Procedure."
Law school teaches what is useful, but tests pointless memorization. This creates a disconnect between your class and your exam. Supplements are written to help you take tests instead of to help you be a good lawyer. Using such books will save you tons of headaches at the end of the semester.
I'd be happy to answer any specific questions you have, also.
Where abouts are you, Erazor?I'm going to be starting Law School from next month, any tips?
Note that this is right after high school, over here we don't need a college degree to join law school - we do an integrated Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of laws.
In Australia, law is a combined program at most universities (although they're all pushing to replace it with a JD, because they can charge more for it and it means they can make it graduate-only).
Much of what Res Ipsa said translates to Australia too, although there are some differences.
Nepotism is still very powerful but it's not the be-all. People who interview well and have an average around 75 or above can still get Summer Clerkship positions without knowing anyone in advance. These clerking positions are extremely important (typically done in the summer of your penultimate year) because most of the big law firms only take graduateships out of their clerks. Make sure your CV has a lot of extracurriculars or sport, (volunteer) legal work experience is good too, and you're in with a decent shot.
It's also somewhat strange when you apply, as you can apply to the Big Three, get interviews at all of them, and then apply to the next 6 down and get one. It's somewhat random what you get picked up for.
That all said, the clerk/grad programs are not the only avenues to get employed afterwards, and they're typically more important if your plans lie in commercial law as opposed to criminal, family, etc.
Australia teaches law slightly different to the USA (and slightly differently university-to-university) - there's a bigger focus on statutory interpretation and critical legal thinking, with some emphasis on comparitive jurisprudence between the UK, Canada, USA and Australia. This apparently makes Australian legal graduates quite popular with US firms and postgraduate colleges, because it's more skills-based than knowledge-based. The statutory interpretation skills in particular are not commonly taught as a focus in the USA, and so it's something that isn't readily available from US domestics.