Good Law Student

Four Qualities That Make A Good Law Student

If you are reading this post, it is likely you are either considering law school or just about to start. This post will offer guidance on the general tendencies and practices shared by successful law students. While successful law students do not have to have these tendencies, they can provide a general sense of what it will take to be successful. In this post, we’ll cover four qualities that can help make you a good law student.

Four Qualities That Make A Good Law Student

1. Good Law Students Want to be Lawyers

Good law students know that they want to practice law. Notice that this says that they want to practice law. They may not know what type of law. It is very common for law students going into school thinking they want to practice one type of law, only to leave with a desire to practice something else. The point is that all of them knew they wanted to do some type of law. Law school is a long, often difficult process that takes a strong will and desire to complete. Students who go to school because it is what their parents expected, it is what they think they might want to do, or because they just thought it would be a job that would make a lot of money, often do not last past the first year.

If you want to be a good law student, make sure it is something that YOU want to do, because at the end of the day you are the one that must complete it.

2. Good Law Students Meet Deadlines

As a student, it is important that you are able to track all of your assignments and turn them in on time. As a lawyer, deadlines have significant consequences for your clients, so professors treat them with the same level of importance. Successful law students know how to keep themselves organized and can track everything that is due. That does not mean some these students will not pull late nights to turn it in just before the deadline, but all of them will turn it in on time.

3. Good Law Students Take Notes and Ask Questions

Each course in law school covers a large quantity of information, and many classes are set up so that 100% of the grade is based on one, final exam. Students who do not take good notes struggle to try and remember what they learned and the beginning of the semester. Here are some tips on how to take good notes during law school.

Additionally, good students ask questions. You will never know everything, ask what you do not know in order to help get a better understanding. You are likely to retain the information gained after asking questions because you were engaged and actively trying to learn something new. If you’re not comfortable asking questions in front of your class, here are some tips on questions to ask during a professor’s office hours.

4. Good Law Students Are Not Afraid To Ask For Help

Law school is hard, but you do not have to do it alone. Form a study group, see the professor after class, or go to tutoring. Asking others for help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. Many successful students and lawyers seek the advice of their peers. Often times, having something explained in a new or different way can help you learn the material. In conclusion, do not struggle alone, work with others and you can all achieve success.

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