The first year of law school is of the utmost importance – employers scrutinize each and every grade which law student start applying for jobs and internships in their second year. Class ranking is one of the most significant factor in keeping scholarships, acquiring a job, or being invited to join Law Review. Gambling on the first set of grades, which is ~50% of your overall GPA for the year, is a momentous risk. If by chance, a student received low grades in the first semester, it is extremely hard to recover from those mistakes and reach an acceptable class ranking. Additionally, other students will be far ahead in their skills and preparation for final exams, which makes catching up very difficult. It is best to start acquiring your advantages as soon as possible.