For Law Students


Join Now

Tag: Studying



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.

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

Studying for the Bar Exam

Ten tips for preparing for the bar exam

January 22, 2021

After graduation season, future esquires are focused on one final milestone: passing their state’s bar exam. Studying for the bar exam can be stressful and overwhelming. The key to managing these feelings is to have a plan in place to guide exam preparation. Indeed, there is no single

Hornbooks

Leave the hornbooks at home, 1Ls

September 04, 2020

I’m not one to keep tabs open on my computer, but in the summer before my 1L year, I had about 20. Public speaking practice, law school strategies, study aids, books, advice on making friends with teachers and self-help—even potential spa offers. Searching for the right spa can

Working at Home

Train your brain to be productive at home

March 18, 2020

In normal times, who doesn’t love the idea of telecommuting? The prospect of WFHing in pants with an elastic waistband alongside what used to be an unlimited supply of snacks while the laundry hums productively in the background—on someone else’s dime—is everyone’s dream. Or

Study Groups

Should I join a study group in law school? 5 reasons for and against

November 15, 2019

Study groups can be helpful for test preparation, but relying heavily on others in law school is not always the greatest strategy. This article will provide tips and tricks on figuring out if study groups will help or hurt you as a student, beginning with five

Bar Study Loans

Avoiding an expensive bar study loan

May 13, 2019

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify a passage in the original version (5/16/19, 10:44 a.m. CDT). As the spring semester comes to a close, many 3Ls are investigating their bar study loan options. Borrowing one last loan to pay

Study Time

Some tips on studying for and taking 1L exams

November 14, 2018

Your first final exams are coming up, 1Ls! It's time to mind your minutes, study the past, start formulating answers, and pay attention to your professors – and get that first good grade.

Final Exams

3 last-minute keys for acing your law school exams

November 13, 2018

You’re probably a mere three weeks from your law school exams. So everything you’re reading and doing should be helping you ace your law school examinations. Let me help. Below are three things you can do to ensure you ace your law school exams:

Library

Shhh! What not to do in the law library

November 12, 2018

To avoid wreaking havoc on your classmates in the law library and to assist in providing a platform for venting in the comment section below, I have tallied a few of the more egregious instances of misconduct.

Spaced Repetition

Spaced repetition: A technology to learn far more with less effort

October 24, 2018

There is a better way to learn in law school that can change the law school experience for the better.  In short, there is a method that allows students to memorize more than ever before - and to do so in less time than it takes to cram as most currently do.  Using it improves exam performance, makes class less stressful, and helps improve school-life balance. This technology is called spaced repetition.

Student Lawyer: Navigating your own law school experience

September 17, 2018

The issue of Student Lawyer takes to the stormy seas of your own personal choices on how to study in law school. Experts weigh in on what works and doesn’t in studying and share their best advice for figuring out what will work for you.

Studying

Studying v. everything else: How you can find balance

September 01, 2018

It’s the beginning of your first semester, which means you’re faced with the decision of how to spend your time—which student organizations to join, how much time to devote to studying, and what community activities to make space for.

Science of Studying

Knowing the science of studying may help you succeed

September 01, 2018

Studying is an inevitable—and grueling—part of being a law student. But thankfully, there’s a method to the madness. Experts say there are practical ways to determine your optimal study habits.

Study Groups

Join a study group or not? That’s up to you—literally

September 01, 2018

Some law students rave about the numerous benefits of study groups— the intra-school networking that results from immediately creating a tight-knit cohort and the opportunity to work through challenges with other law students—while others want nothing to do the prospect of participating in a study group.

Study Break

Prepping for the bar exam: It's more than just learning the law

May 30, 2018

Many recent law school graduates have just started studying for the bar exam. As someone who was in your shoes last year, I thought I’d share what I wish I’d done differently when studying for the bar exam and a couple things that I think I did well that I think everyone could benefit from knowing.

Socrates

Learning how to think with The Socratic Method

November 06, 2017

Many law students have a story about the first time they experienced the Socratic Method. Regardless of whether the student was the target of a professor’s line of questioning or if they were merely witness to another student’s experience, the stories tend to strike fear into the hearts of

2L Island

Marshaling the marooned: Welcome to 2L Island

January 30, 2017

For most of us, the first year of law school could be distilled down to a single word: survival. We had to survive our first day, our first recitation, our first midterm, our first exams, and our first grades. Being a 1L is akin to being taken out to sea

Weekend MPRE

How to prepare for the MPRE

October 07, 2016

You’ve put off taking the MPRE long enough—it’s time to sign up for the MPRE so you can get one step closer to bar admission. This post will answer your most urgent questions about the MPRE exam. What is the MPRE and who has to take it? The MPRE (called