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All week, I’ve been experimenting with a new time management technique, which I thought you might find useful.
It’s pretty simple (in theory): Only have one goal for the day.
Before you flip out and start telling me you’ve got 14 different things that all need to be done — note that I didn’t say only DO one thing every day. No, you’ll still do “standard” stuff that just has to be done, such as your class reading. But given that you do that basically every day, it’s not really a “goal” (it’s more of a habit).
So, what’s a goal, in this context? I’ll give you two:
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For most law students, at some point in your law school career you’ll have to write a Note or Comment (possibly for publication). It may seem impossible to pick just one topic to focus your time on (you will work on this paper for a really long time), but Stephanie Martin — a third-year law student who is very familiar with this dilemma — has some excellent advice to share. Take it away Stephanie…
Every year, law students around the country take on another task on top of the “regular” tasks of keeping up with classes and extracurricular activities—participating on a journal. Schools structure their writing and editing processes differently, but the requirement of writing an article for publication is pretty much universal. So every year, law students around the country must dive into the process of Topic Selection.
Choosing a topic on which you will spend a lot of time writing is never an easy task, even in writing for a class. However, classes usually have a limited subject area that narrows down the pool of topics from which students can choose. Writing for a journal often seems more daunting because the potential topics seem virtually limitless. At the same time, a lot of scholarship is written on all topics, which narrows down the scope of potential original topics. These factors coincide to make it both (very!) time consuming and difficult for students effectively to contribute an original thought. [Read more…] about How to Pick a Law School Note Topic
Today, Lee explains the importance of outlining early in the semester. An outline can be a very effective study tool if used correctly and consistently. Lee will share how to utilize this tool to give yourself an advantage on exams.
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Today, Alison discusses how to successfully prepare for each course while still managing your time effectively. She touches on some helpful tips for completing the readings and case briefs — without spending more than 24 hours a day!
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A student asked me a funny question the other day: “Why is law school hard?” (Mostly I thought it was funny because apparently my explanation of what law school was about convinced her it really wasn’t that hard.)
But it is a valid question. Is law school really that hard? And, if so, why?
Is Law School Hard?
I think most people who’ve done it would agree that law school is harder than college. Why?