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Working on an Essay Exam

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

October 15, 2021

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. Join our law school expert, Heather Buck from JD

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

Neurodiversity

Tips for success for neurodiverse law students

September 30, 2021

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?

Studying

Get the grades, avoid the burnout

September 30, 2021

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.

Making an Outline

5 tips to get you started on writing law school outlines

September 13, 2021

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

First Generation Law Students

How to overcome challenges as a first-generation law student

August 25, 2021

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.

Law School Prep

The summer before 1L: Here's the secret to law school prep

July 08, 2021

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

Time Management Guide for Law Students

Time Management Guide for Law Students

June 30, 2021

Law students are not typically taught time management and productivity skills.  Even students that are skilled in these areas in classroom settings do not yet have the time management skills required for legal practice.  Falling short in this area impacts their ability to be effective not only in law school, but in

Mental Health Podcast

The Law Student Podcast talks mental health in the legal profession

June 21, 2021

Mental health problems have long been a prevalent issue amongst both law students and practicing lawyers, but have things gotten better as the profession has sought to increase awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding these concerns? Meg Steenburgh welcomes Patrick Krill for a broad discussion on legal field

Generation Z Law Student

Thriving while Gen Z in law school

May 24, 2021

Welcome to law school, Gen Zer! We recruited you, promised you opportunities to make a difference for the causes and people you believed most in, and assured you that you’d find support and encouragement along the way from your faculty and administration. Although you’d be attending law school during the worst pandemic in United States history, we

Applying to Law School

How to prepare for law school applications 

May 05, 2021

Whether you are just beginning to consider law school or have already set your sights on attending, one of the first steps is to prepare your application. Every school has different requirements, so it is important to be proactive and start planning for the application process early.

Woman Doing Finances

Plan for your financial life after law school with AccessLex

April 22, 2021

Join Jennifer DiSanza, JD, AFC® from nonprofit AccessLex Institute as she discusses the financial actions you can take as you prepare for and transition to life after law school. The Virtual Office Hours series connects you with experts to help you thrive as a law student and prepare

IRAC

Legal reasoning? It's all about IRAC

March 09, 2021

As beginning law students soon learn, what we call “legal reasoning” can be expressed by the formula IRAC. It stands for Issue, Rule, Application, and Conclusion. It is the format used by lawyers in preparing legal memoranda. And the structure that most judges use in drafting judicial opinions. It’s also the

Multiple Choice Tests

Do you want to be successful on your multiple-choice law examinations?

March 09, 2021

You can, and will, be successful on your multiple-choice law examinations by always choosing the best answer that is: Most responsive to the call of the question;A correct statement of applicable law; and (not “or”)Best supported by the facts presented. Contextually, this post