The last stage of trial preparation begins at daybreak on the first day of trial. 

Regardless of how you feel that morning, or whatever else is going on in your life, you must suit up and adopt the necessary mindset to argue your client’s case effectively. 

Pre-trial rituals may be of assistance in calming your nerves and focusing your thoughts. 

Listening to music is one way to prime your mind for navigating the uncertainties that lay ahead. A pre-trial playlist may go a long way towards putting you in the right frame of mind. 

Other considerations:

·     No matter how many years you practice or how thoroughly you have prepared, your nerves will never go away if you care about your client’s predicament.

·     Metallica is effective if you are feeling lethargic and require a shot of adrenaline.

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