As stated on this blog, study groups can be an effective way to learn – especially early on in the semester. However, the closer you get to finals, the less effective and useful it might be depending on how you approach it. There is no formulaic method to how you should interact with your study group, but below are some things my peers and I experienced my 1L year during finals that you should definitely not do: [Read more…] about Meeting With Your Study Group Before Exams
My love affair with podcasts all started with Serial – a show that followed a journalist’s re-investigation of the case of a high school teen and the ex-boyfriend convicted of her murder. Even though I consider myself a very visual learner, I couldn’t believe how much information I absorbed and how much I enjoyed learning about something I was only listening to on my headphones. Podcasts are not only a super convenient way to make your commute fly by, but also a great method to keep up with the law and everything involving it. In case you’re not sure where to start or want some new podcast suggestions, I listened to and reviewed a few well-known legal podcasts in no particular order. [Read more…] about Top Podcasts for Law Students
Without a doubt, the hardest part of my 1L year was overcoming how burnt out I was after my first semester. However, by the time I got over this uphill battle, it was already April and I had to start prepping for finals (and was not very prepared to do so).
So whether it’s your second semester of 1L or your final semester of school, getting the motivation to buckle down and complete an entire semester all over again, and all that work that comes with it can be difficult. The good news is that you’re not alone and even better, if you set yourself up for success early on in the semester, you can get a head start on others who won’t. Below are some ways to get motivated for optimal second-semester success.
I, regrettably, very rarely went to my professor’s office hours in undergrad. I was, instead, perfectly content sitting in the back of my lectures and waiting to pull a few all-nighters right before final exams to figure out what I needed to know. Now, going to my professor’s office hours often and early (and going to bed at a decent time instead of 3 AM) has been the key to doing well on my finals. Here is a breakdown of why office hours are so helpful and how you should utilize them. [Read more…] about Office Hours – Should You Go?
It’s every law student’s dreaded scenario- just when you think you’re getting a fresh start on your spring semester, your grades from the fall are posted- and, unfortunately, they are not at all what you were hoping for. While bad grades are not directly correlated to being a bad lawyer, studies have shown that your GPA in law school can reflect your odds of passing the Bar examination. However, there is no need to throw in the towel, because you can get them back on track. Here are some things to keep in mind when trying to figure out what went wrong. [Read more…] about Advice for Overcoming Bad Grades in Law School
My school just finished fall break, which means, like most schools, we’ve reached the halfway point of the semester and final exams will be here in the blink of an eye. At this point, self-evaluation is a great way to gauge where you are and what changes you can make to put your best self out there. [Read more…] about Time For a Mid-Semester Check In – How Are You Doing So Far?