How to Succeed in Law School—by a #1 Law Student
In this post, we discuss how to succeed in law school. Success in law school is so important—especially your first year of law school. If you do well your first year of law school (besides potential scholarship or transfer opportunities available) you will maximize your chances of passing the bar exam on the first try and maximize your employment opportunities (especially if you are looking to work at a big law firm). Continue reading How to Succeed in Law School—by a #1 Law Student
How to Network in Law School:
For many law students, the word “Networking” is a “dirty word”. It seems most students either love it or hate it, and those who hate it often feel uncomfortable with the idea of marketing themselves at networking events or using others as a stepping stone in their career path. However, networking doesn’t have to be a “dirty word,” and students need not feel uncomfortable with the true purpose of networking, which is not using others to advance their careers. Instead, networking is about forming lasting and reciprocal relationships. Continue reading How to Network in Law School
Wondering what to do while waiting for LSAT results? The June LSAT was just over a week ago. Most students are relieved the exam is behind them. Others are nervous that they did not perform as well they would have liked. And still others are working on getting their law school application materials together. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of emotions, there is plenty to keep you busy while you wait for your score. Here are some suggestions: Continue reading What to do while Waiting for LSAT results
Should I Retake the LSAT? Many LSAT takers, unhappy with their scores, wonder if they should retake the LSAT.
The general rule is that a person cannot take the LSAT more than three times in a two year period (regardless of whether you cancel your scores or do not report them) but there are exceptions to this rule – a notable one being that if your prospective law school approves you retaking the test, you will be able to. However, assuming you do not yet fall into that category, retaking the LSAT is not frowned upon nearly as much now as it used to be ten years ago. UPDATE: THIS HAS CHANGED! You are now allowed to take the LSAT as many times as you want. Continue reading Should I Retake the LSAT?
What to Do the Day Before the LSAT: Ten Tips to Maximize your LSAT score!
We know that it is not quite the day before the LSAT when we are writing this post, but we figured we’d write it a little early in case you are wondering how you should plan to spend your time the day before the LSAT.
In this post, we give you ten tips to maximize your LSAT score. It comes down to: not stressing out, and getting prepared–both physically and mentally–for the test day. Spending your time wisely the day before the LSAT can give you an extra boost in your LSAT score. Continue reading What to Do the Day Before the LSAT: Ten Tips to Maximize your LSAT score!
The Perils of Passive Voice in Legal Writing
As a first-year student in law school, (1L), your schedule will include several required courses. One of the most important classes which you will take is Legal Writing. In Legal Writing, students learn how to conduct legal research, and how to write both objectively (i.e., legal memoranda) and, as an advocate (e.g., a trial brief or an appellate brief). (We will discuss writing objectively and as an advocate another time.) Continue reading Pre-Law and 1L Tip: When to Avoid Using Passive Voice in Legal Writing
What College Classes will prepare me for Law School?
If you are considering applying to law school, or taking the LSAT, you may be wondering what college courses you should take in order to prepare for these two. In order to appeal to admissions officers, you should display that you have challenged yourself with a thorough, comprehensive course of study–specifically, one that will help you meet the challenges of law school. Continue reading What College Classes will Prepare me for Law School and the LSAT?
In this post, we tell you not only how to read a law school case, but also how to “speed read” it. That is, how to read a case quickly and efficiently so that you are getting everything you need to get out of it without spending all of your time on cases. Continue reading How to Read a Law School Case
There are many things you can do over the summer before law school to prepare for law school (and we will be going through some of these tips in our upcoming blog posts).
However, one of the hardest things about law school is that you are thrown into a different world. You will be speaking in public when you are called on, whether you like it or not. You will be expected to write, clearly, articulately, and well. You will need to keep your physical health up (exercise, sleep, and eat healthy) to maintain your mind. Basically, you will be challenged in some way and likely many ways! Continue reading The Summer Before Law School: Build Your Confidence
A Scholarship for Pre-Law Students and Law Students! Write for Money!
Are you going to law school, or already in law school? Do you like writing? The law firm, Goodwin & Scieszka, a personal injury firm in Birmingham, Michigan, is offering $2,000 in scholarships to pre-law students and law students. So if you are planning on going to law school, or if you are in law school, it is worth it to consider applying for this scholarship. Applicants for the scholarship are judged both on their academic merits as well as their essays. Continue reading A Scholarship for Pre-Law Students and Law Students! Write for Money!
30 Legal Terms to Know Before Law School
If you are heading to law school next year, you may want to start preparing now. We will be writing a series of blog posts over the summer for students interested in using part of the summer to prepare for law school. Continue reading Law School Prep: 30 Legal Terms To Know Before Law School
Overcoming Law School Test Anxiety and Bar Exam Anxiety—A New Tip that May Surprise You.
Whether you are taking the LSAT, law school final exams, or the bar exam, you may feel test anxiety. Some students feel debilitated by anxiety and panic, miss questions, and fail because of their anxiety or get a lower score than they otherwise would. Continue reading Overcoming Law School Test Anxiety and Bar Exam Anxiety—A New Tip that May Surprise You
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is offered four times a year: February, June, October (sometimes late September), and December. Keep in mind that although people spread rumors about one particular LSAT administration being easier or harder than others, no one LSAT administration is consistently easier or harder. So do not base when you take the LSAT on rumors about the test! Continue reading When to Take the LSAT — JD Advising
Are you applying to law school with a low undergraduate GPA? First, know that you are not alone. Several students apply to (and get into!) law school with a lower-than-they’d-like undergraduate GPA. In fact, since there are fewer applications to law school now then there were, say, ten years ago, you are even more likely to get accepted at a decent school despite a lower GPA (and perhaps even get a scholarship at some law schools!).
(Note that it is important to be realistic. Some schools where the competition is super-stiff, like Harvard, Yale, etc., are unlikely to accept you without a near-perfect application. However, you still have a shot at very decent law schools, especially if you are applying when law school applications are down, like they are now!) Continue reading Applying to Law School with a Low Undergraduate GPA? Here is what you should do!
Why It is Worth It to Invest in an LSAT Tutor
There are many parts to a law school application – GPA, LSAT score, personal statement, letters of reference, among others. However, the most important factors are, no doubt, your undergraduate GPA and your LSAT score.
Most law schools weigh your LSAT score and your undergraduate GPA approximately equally when deciding whether to admit you. This means, shockingly enough, that four years of undergrad is weighted the same as a four-hour exam. Every hour of that exam is worth a year of undergrad. That is crazy. But that is the system. Continue reading Why it is Worth it to Invest in an LSAT Tutor