Learn from those who went before you
- Going through orientation? Check out Lee’s reflections on her 1L orientation experience. If you feel a little unsteady, you’re not alone!
- Learn from someone who knows! Check out our awesome intern Cara’s thoughts on lessons learned during her 1L year.
Get the most out of class and take great notes
- Do you know how to brief a case for class?
- What should go into your law school class notes? There are five critical things to include. Learn what they are, and why they matter.
- Check out this graphic on how to best take class notes.
- Pay attention in class, it can actually save you time!
- Should you handwrite your notes or use a laptop? We think there may be value in handwriting your class notes.
- When you’re sitting in class, it’s critical to think through the areas of ambiguity that may make an appearance later on an exam. Here’s one technique for keeping track of everything.
Think about how you study
- What’s the Right Mindset for Studying? When you sit down to study, how do you feel? Bored? Anxious? Stressed? Confused? Excited? Some combination of the above? For most people, it’s one of two things: either bored/tired or anxious/stressed. Unfortunately, neither of these mindsets is conducive to studying effectively!
- Remember the key to understanding the law is keeping it simple.
Use your resources
- Avoiding office hours? Go, and get something out of it. When we meet with a student who is having academic difficulties (or just not happy with their grades) one of the first questions we ask him/her is, “Do you go to office hours?” Guess what the answer typically is? You guessed it, “No.” Bad decision! Find out why office hours are important, and how to get the most out of your visit.
Manage your time effectively
- How are you ever going to find the time to outline and study, when you already spend all day in class or getting ready for class? We shares some tips on law school time management, so you can get everything accomplished, and stay sane.
- Fight procrastination, it is not your friend in law school.
Want more help? The Law School Toolbox has tons of great resources for you. We’re pleased and excited to announce the new Start Law School Right course! Check it out and let us know what you think.