All schools, not just law schools, have been forced into online models. This poses serious questions about testing and how that transition can be made fairly. Students used to traditional closed-book exams, are now facing the prospect of exams given over an extended period of time from the comfort of their homes. This change accepts the likelihood students will rely on notes and materials while taking that extended time exam. We’re looking at some common questions that may come up around this topic. [Read more…] about Take-Home Exams in the Time of COVID-19
We are living in unprecedented times. Especially when it comes to education. For the most part, it appears everyone responsible for helping students navigate this new normal is making a good faith effort to help them succeed. But guess what, this is not a one-way street. Students, especially those who are further along in their educational journey, must take some initiative to insure they adapt to the new vehicles of learning. [Read more…] about Staying Motivated in a Pass/No Pass Class
My law school was one of many that required a Remedies class during our final year of classes. What I have discovered over time is that a lot of law schools offer Remedies only as an elective and have no specific recommendations about when it should be taken. As a result, many students opt to take electives closely aligned with practice areas they want to pursue once they are licensed.
For a number of reasons, I encourage you to forget about that extra more specific elective and take Remedies instead. It will not only help you once you are practicing law, but more importantly, it will help you pass the bar exam. [Read more…] about Take Remedies in Your Final Year, You Won’t Regret It!
Whether you are studying to pass your class on Professional Responsibility or are trying to get over the hurdle of the MPRE, think about doing more than just reviewing the ABA Model rules. Of course, memorization is an important technique that should be part of your studies because the Model Rules are the actual source for the multiple-choice questions on the MPRE or those developed by your professor. However, by thinking out of the box when studying these rules, you may actually internalize the concepts stated in the rules more effectively. [Read more…] about Top 3 Creative Ways to Study the Professional Rules
So, you got through the first semester of law school – Congratulations! What, you don’t feel like celebrating? Oh, your grades are not what you’re used to – no A’s, and more C’s than B’s? In fact, are you starting to wonder if law school was a good choice? Well, that is an important question. However, before you throw in the towel, consider hitting the “reset” button. If the dream of being a lawyer is really that important to you, then you have to consider the possibility that you may not have done everything necessary to succeed.
By now you realize law school is a completely different experience than college. Every professor expects you to complete the assigned reading before class, and then to engage in challenging discussions based on that reading. Not to mention the quantity of the reading, briefing, outlining, issue-spotting old exams, etc. can be overwhelming. The question you have to ask yourself is, “Did I do enough, or did I do what I always did to get by in college?” So, how do you answer that question? Hit the “reset” button and consider the following: [Read more…] about Not Happy with the First Semester? Hit the “Reset” Button!
Congratulations! You got into law school. That is a big step, maybe even a life-long dream, but it is just the first step. It’s possible you have already moved to a new city, found a new apartment, even acquired a new roommate. Maybe you’ve already purchased all your textbooks, outlines, etc., and scoped out the best places to study. However, to ensure success in this new endeavor, there is one more crucial step you must take now – you need to have a serious talk with your family.
[Read more…] about It’s Time to Have That Talk with Your Family