Here is a brief post I wanted to share with you about the top 10 tips to succeed in Law School. If you are currently in law school, or still finishing up your undergrad, it is never too early to start thinking about the future. If you are set on becoming an attorney, here are some great tips to get you started!
- Prepare for class. Preparing for class is the best way to understand the material and get the most out of your classes. Complete all assigned reading before each class. You should also create a brief outline of your reading before each class. If you fall behind, it will be extremely difficult to catch up.
- Attend class. You need to attend class to fully digest and understand the material. Your professor may also test on topics that were only covered during class.
- Focus in class. There’s no point in going to class if you’re not going to pay attention. The professors also tend to randomly ask students questions, so there is a good chance that you will get caught if you’re not paying attention.
- Ask your professor questions. If you don’t understand something, simply ask your professor a question. If you’re brave enough, you can ask your professor during class. If you’re more shy or nervous, just ask after class. Law professors tend to stick around after class to answer questions.
- Outline your coursework. Create an outline of the material and add to it after each class. You can use your outline to help you study for final exams later.
- Buy a reputable study guide. There many study guide books available for purchase. Ask your professor for a recommendation.
- Join a study group. Studying in a group that meets regularly will help keep you on track. Talking about the coursework with other students will also help ensure that you don’t misunderstand the material.
- Study hard. Study harder than you’ve ever studied before for final exams. The exams will cover a lot of material to cover. Start early and leave yourself plenty of time.
- Take practice examinations. One of the best ways to study is to take practice exams. Many professors will give you copies of their old practice exams if you ask. Your law school’s library may also have old practice exams on file.
- Minimize distractions around finals. Finally, minimize any distractions while studying for your final exams. You need to focus on the material if you want to succeed. Talk to your friends and family and ask for their understanding.
Pretty simple, right? Becoming a lawyer is not easy, but if you focus on the process and stay involved, it won’t be too difficult at all! If you have any more tips you would like to share, let me know.