When you’re more than used to arguing (and winning those arguments) with people, you may have thought that you might as well enrol in law school. However, getting into law school isn’t as easy as entering into an argument whenever you feel like it.
The term “law school” alone often conjures images of students buried under piles of casebooks as they try to memorize various legal jargon and concepts that the average person can barely comprehend. If you’re currently in law school or are planning to go, here are some key strategies that you should use to become successful during your studies there:
When you first decided to enroll in law school, you may have initially thought that it’s very much like going to college which may then lead you to underestimate the difficulty of surviving there. The simplest way to make it through law school all in one piece is to practice managing your time and taking down notes more efficiently.
Some college students fail to get passing grades during their first year in school and still somehow manage to finish their entire four or five years of post-secondary education. Unfortunately, law school can’t provide you with that same privilege.
No amount of persistent reading of all those casebooks can take the place of actually going to every single one of your classes, especially as some of the professors handling it might tackle certain topics that aren’t written in your reading materials at all.
Most college students think that college life is already stressful enough as it is, but little do they know that those in law school have it much worse. In fact, it was found out in 2016 that law students are more prone to falling victim to depression, anxiety, and alcohol abuse as a result of being stressed out during their time in law school.
Compared to most other college and higher degree students, the typical law school student spends a minimum of 10 hours every single day including weekends studying when everyone else is taking a break from their obligations. That alone should be more than reason enough for you as a law school student to take your chosen path seriously. Following the above-listed strategies will help you become successful in law school as you try to pass every subject with flying colors. Who knows, you might become a prized lawyer yourself right after graduating law school.
Janine Penn has been a law writer for more than a decade. She hopes to impart some of her wisdom to others through her written works. She is often reading a new book whenever she has the time.