There are two reasons why a law student might choose to enroll in an independent study and research course: 1) as an opportunity to research and write about a topic of interest; and 2) to shore up a credit deficiency in the last semester of law school. On the first day of my last semester, I discovered that I was one credit short to maintain my full-time status. The most convenient option was to register for an independent study course. After lots of contemplation about possible topics, finding a member of the faculty to supervise my work, and a cursory glance at the literature to make sure it was a viable topic, I was ready to get to work. Almost immediately, I recognized the challenges associated with focus and being disciplined. Here are a few tips to help keep you on track.
Law students are always looking for new ways to be productive. Thanks to advancements in technology, it is easier than ever for law students to use apps and programs to be more productive and enhance his or her study of the law. At some point before or during law school, you will identify the type of learner you are. For those visual learners (and possibly the kinesthetic learners as well) creating and using flow charts to map out the law can be very helpful. There are many apps and programs out there to help you flow chart your way to legal mastery! [Read more…] about Using Flow Charts to Learn the Law
It might seem counterintuitive, but studies have shown that doodling while receiving information can help you retain the information better than those that are “focused” on the information. Although it is unclear why, doodling while receiving particularly boring information can enhance memory and recall of that information. In addition to enhancing memory and recall, doodling can also help to relieve stress and create connections in the material. [Read more…] about Doodling To Find Focus In Class
Talking about the Socratic method is not new material here. We have:
These posts provide fantastic tips about Dean Langdell’s punishing method. I want to approach this topic in a way that will help you with cold calling in your classes and in your professional life after law school. Most articles about this signature style of questions and answers in law school classes focus on reading your cases, taking good notes, and knowing the facts of every case to arm the weary law student for the attack. These are fantastic tips, but I want to get to the root of much of the anxiety: Speaking up in front of people. [Read more…] about Be Prepared and Speak Up! A Different Approach to the Socratic Method
There is nothing worse than cold-calling an attorney and asking for an informational interview. It is one of the most difficult things a law student can do, but with a little strategic thinking, persistence, and tenacity it is possible to leverage that 15-minute coffee into so much more. [Read more…] about Professional Metallurgy: Converting Informational Interviews Into Gold
If you haven’t already, at some point in your law school career you will find yourself in the midst of a. At best, it’s a class for which your heart doesn’t sing; at worst, it seems like the class lectures are taught in a language you have not yet learned. Never fear! Below are a few basic tips to help you overcome your and tackle that tough final exam.