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
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,
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
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
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
Offering legal career advice or mixing up cocktails—both can help members of the bar. Don’t forget to find your passion.
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
Have you filed your taxes yet? Non-profit AccessLex Institute's Mary Bechler, MBA, talks about what law students should know ahead of the April 2022 filing deadline. The Virtual Office Hours series connects you with
Getting cold-called in law school is a rite of passage that every student will experience at some point.
First semester grades got you down? Wondering how you can work with your current circumstances to make the most of the rest of your 1L year? The ABA and Themis have teamed up to go over what you
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
Are you feeling a bit nervous about speaking in class? Or getting cold-called by a professor? These tips might help you settle into your new academic adventure, practice amplifying your voice authentically, and ultimately thrive and flourish throughout your law school experience.
“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.
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,
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
How might the law school journey change for someone who’s neurodivergent? Are there additional obstacles and challenges for these students that neurotypical students wouldn’t usually encounter? Are there enough resources and is there enough support for neurodivergent students? What’s it like to experience law school as a neurodivergent student?
Here are five tips to hit the ground running once you’ve formed your law school study group.
Too much studying can cause burnout. By adopting small changes in study habits, you can develop the skills you need to get the grades without the burnout.
Law school grades are simply one indicator of your legal potential. Those little letters don’t define or determine your future.
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
It's not easy to successfully get through law school. Do you join a study group? How do you deal with stress? What advice do professors have for you? If you're looking for advice, you've come to the right place. The ABA Law
First generation law students face a unique set of challenges. They are often navigating graduate school completely on their own without the network or support of some of their peers. Here, we acknowledge many of those demands and offer advice on how to overcome them to ensure that your law school experience is a fulfilling and successful endeavor.
Join Derek Brainard, MBA, AFC®, CRPC® from nonprofit AccessLex Institute as he outlines how to create a financial plan that works for you during law school. You can also download the
Each year, thousands of law students prepare to take the bar exam, including those who haven't passed previously. When approaching the bar exam, many students are overwhelmed by the amount of material that they need to study for the exam. Students often spend a lot of time creating
Like clockwork, each year’s newly admitted law students ask the Internet, “What can I do to prepare for law school?” You may be asking the same question. You may have already heard the most popular answer—“Nothing!”—and continued asking around, just to be sure. If that search has led you here, well, I have a