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Last-minute tips for how to excel on law school essay exams

November 10, 2022

Knowing how to take a law school exam can be just as important as knowing the material that will be tested. Here are some last-minute study tips for essay exams in law school. Our law school expert, Heather Buck from JD Advising,

People who tell you to put your head down and study, study, study are doing law school wrong.

The Case for Putting Yourself “Out There”

October 28, 2022

During my first semester of law school, I was initially startled by the rigor and pace of my core classes. Studying was all I did. I buried myself in my case books, endlessly briefed cases, and did little else. When the December break came around,

Imagine 10 years from today earning more than you ever dreamed of but still feeling broke. Here’s how to avoid that.

Why Building Wealth Starts Now

October 28, 2022

Let me tell you the number one key to building wealth: managing your money intentionally and directing it to where you want it to go. It’s a skill you want to start honing in law school.

Most law students underuse their law library—and boy, are they missing out.

1L Corner: Your law library is way more than just books

October 27, 2022

A law library is more than merely a warehouse of books. It’s more like a portal to the vast world of legal information, with research and reference librarians as your guides. Get to know your librarians now, and it’ll make your life easier throughout law school and even your legal career.

Simplifying Language in the Law

October 24, 2022

Much of the law we see today was written three, four, or five decades earlier, at the least. Language, however, has since rapidly changed. In today’s world, the average reader does not have the patience (nor, in many instances, the ability) to read Faulknerian language to see whether

Making an Outline

5 tips to get you started on writing law school outlines

October 06, 2022

One of the most important tools for studying for exams in law school is the outline. Our law school expert, Heather Buck from JD Advising, provided strategies for outlining and a step-by-step process for creating your outline in a recent Virtual Office Hours session with the

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JD Advising Makes Law School Prep Course Free

July 25, 2022

JD Advising recently made its law school prep course completely free. The goal behind making this course free was to provide access to all students who wished to succeed in law school, including first-generation students. This course has immediately become a go-to resource for students across

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How Movement and Touch Relate to the Study of Law

July 14, 2022

Law students include many kinesthetic-tactile learners. In the simplest of terms, kinesthetic means movement, and tactile means touch. Kinesthetic-tactile students will differ from one another because of the strength and combinations of these two attributes for each individual. One student may have a very strong

Summer Associateships—Which Firms Topped the List and Why?

July 12, 2022

A Q&A with Kerry Benn, director of Series, Surveys, and Data at Law360 Law360 Pulse wondered the same thing and conducted a study recently to find out what the 2022 summer associate program might look like. We had the chance to sit down with

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How to Finance Law School

July 07, 2022

Getting into law school is a great accomplishment for any student. You should be proud of yourself! After studying to get in, you can finally get the degree you need to become a full-fledged attorney. Your legal education is an excellent investment for your future. With this great

Mindfulness for Cold Calling

May 24, 2022

A Rite of Passage or a Form of Torture? Students have been terrified of and traumatized by cold calling ever since Harvard Dean Christopher Columbus Langdell invented the case method more than a century ago. The Socratic method is the ultimate form of

Embrace the Change—Law School vs. Undergrad

May 20, 2022

At this point, I am sure you have heard countless times just how different law school is from your undergraduate studies. However, it’s also important to point out that knowing law school is more challenging doesn’t make the transition less scary. Change may be necessary,

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Personal Finance Basics for Soon-to-Be and New Lawyers

May 19, 2022

Unfortunately, it is quite common for law students to graduate with insufficient personal finance knowledge and financial literacy, a concerning situation after having invested substantial amounts of time and money in academia. Financial literacy is one of several basic skills that is key to success after graduation but

Stephanie’s Declassified Bar Prep Survival Guide (Results may vary)

May 18, 2022

If you were born in the early nineties like I was, you might have found Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide helpful for navigating the bizarre age of adolescence. I certainly did. Now that I’ve reached the age of adulthood, I’ve realized that we deserve survival guides for all

Taking the Bar as an International Student

April 05, 2022

I was excited to get a place in the international legal studies program at NYU, where I aimed to complete my LL.M. As an international student, of course, I faced a series of unique challenges. Then, the pandemic rolled in, making things even more complicated. Because of the

What is the purpose of the LSAT and why is it so important?

March 04, 2022

What is the LSAT? The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) has long been seen as a gatekeeper to law school. The LSAT does not test any substantive law. Instead, it tests analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and reading comprehension skills. It is graded on a scale of 120 to

1Ls You Belong Here

Dear 1Ls: You belong here

December 09, 2021

In the months leading up to my 1L year, it seemed like everyone in my life had opinions about the “best” way to approach law school. Some of that advice was truly terrible. But there were a few “golden nuggets” that shaped my 1L experience. I loved

Bad News on Grades

Don’t let so-so grades in law school get you down

November 02, 2021

“To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and distinctions, I say, ‘Well done.’ And as I like to tell the C students: ‘You too, can be president.’”—former President George W. Bush addressing the graduating class at Southern Methodist University in 2015.

Discussing what well-being in law school—and moving into practice—means for law students

October 07, 2021

Each year the ABA Law Student Division and the ABA CoLAP Law School Committee partner on the national Mental Health Day Program. This initiative is intended to spotlight the critical importance of our own well-being, and specific strategies to protect our well-being in law school and in