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Gearing Up For The Second Semester Academically

Gearing Up For The Second Semester Academically

Even if you are a first-year law student satisfied with your first semester grades and feel positive with a sense of accomplishment, you likely want to improve upon this success in the second semester. Here are a few tips for improving your academic performance for your second semester of law school. *Begin anew First and foremost, start fresh with an open, positive perspective. If you were unhappy with your first semester grades, learn any useful lesson from your lackluster performance, move on, and do not dwell on it. If you were satisfied with your grades, avoid overconfidence, and do not assume that...

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Networking In Law School

Networking In Law School

When you start law school, the idea of networking takes a backseat as you focus on your 1L classes, and, more importantly, preparation for these classes. While many new law students may have some special interest in a certain area of law, they might lack the confidence to talk to strangers, let alone ask for help from them, They may even have reservations about competing with other law students for attention. What may make it difficult, especially for law students who are introverts, is the prevailing buzz about networking that takes center stage early in their academic careers. From even before...

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Pre-Exam Feedback: Where To Get It

Pre-Exam Feedback: Where To Get It

There are various options to help prepare for law exams. You can receive valuable pre-exam feedback from any available source, but some are better than others. Here are a few ways that can help you collect feedback before a law exam. Professors Of course, this is obvious. But think of all the times that you may have taken a test and never discussed the exam with your professor. Unfortunately, many of us have, in fact, approached and taken an exam without meeting with a professor beforehand for a one-on-one meeting. As a result, we miss valuable insights that our professor may add...

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I’m Unprepared For The Exam, Now What?

I'm Unprepared For The Exam, Now What?

It happens to many law students, hopefully, no more than once. But, for whatever reason, an exam approaches and you realize that you are unprepared. You fear the worst. While this is not an ideal situation to be in, but it might be possible to avoid an exam disaster. Here are a few tips: An important thing to remember is that this approach will likely not produce an A+ for the exam. The purpose of these suggestions is to help you avoid the worst possible scenario. I would not recommend these suggestions under normal circumstances. *Gather the proper materials. This approach does not greatly involve...

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I Finished My Outlines, What’s The Best Way To Learn Them?

I Finished My Outlines, What's The Best Way To Learn Them?

The preparation of a law outline is an arduous, time-consuming process. And then comes the fun part: learning them. Once you have finished your outlines, what is the best way to learn them? *Outline the material yourself This is advice that seems to be repeated ad nauseum but that’s because it is important to create your own law outlines. It is significantly easier to understand and memorize a body of work that you have organized yourself. Do not use a commercial or other student’s outline as your main outline but only as a supplement to creating your personal outlines. *Interact with your...

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Memorization Techniques & Learning The Law

Memorization Techniques & Learning The Law

When talking about memorization and studying, it means understanding material and memorizing a substantial amount of material, in a short amount of time. While law school exams primarily require applied knowledge, not rote memorization, you still have to know the material, which requires some (a lot of) memorization. Repetition of the material is necessary for retention of the material. This requires repeatedly studying a topic or concept and actively practicing your recall of it. There are devices available to help you such as your course outline or even flashcards. Of course, any device is only as good as the time truly spent repeating your review...

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Different Approaches To Taking Notes

Different Approaches To Taking Notes

Taking good notes is an essential component of excelling in any academic course. How should you approach taking notes? Does the fact that you are in law school change this approach in any way? Most of us simply try to summarize what we think is important. Next, we try to note a key point as quickly as possible so that we are ready for the next. Nonetheless, there are some alternative approaches that you can take to improve how you take notes. Things change from the old to the new. This is certainly no secret. However, it is important to remember...

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Attributes of A Good Law Outline

Attributes of A Good Law Outline

Every law student is familiar with the benefits of a well-written outline but not every law student knows how to write one.  There are certain attributes that a good law outline contains. It is important to start outlining as soon as possible in the semester or quarter. Organizing your class notes is not the equivalent of making a comprehensive, quality outline. Also, consider doing your outline yourself without any assistance from your fellow students. A self-written outline should mirror your learning style. Here are some attributes of a good law outline. *The outline is well-organized Review your course syllabus as well as the...

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Time Management Goes A Long Way In Law School

Time Management Goes A Long Way In Law School

The perception, or myth, that law school consumes every moment of a student’s time and energy is alive and well. Of course, students that manage their time effectively are much more likely to succeed in law school than those students who do not. Here are some time management tips. *Calendar your activities Once you receive your class schedule, calendar it. Review the syllabus for each class. Get an idea of when you will prepare for each class. Calendar your study time windows for the current week. Try to stay, at least, one week ahead. *Determine what routine works best for you Adhering to a...

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Law School Is A (Daily) Commitment

Law School Is A (Daily) Commitment

More than a few undergraduate students are scared by the commitment that succeeding in law school seems to demand. They seem to believe that success is directly related to committing every hour of their day, at least, that they are awake, to studying, preparing for, and attending class. Is the notion that law students do not have any free time a myth or a reality? Perhaps, a better way of looking at it is that law school is not some unrealistic hourly commitment, but a daily commitment. Making a commitment involves dedicating yourself to something, whether it is a cause or individual. Any...

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