6 tips for succeeding in law school

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Don’t let law school go by in the dark. Try to be present and aware of yourself to create meaningful memories.


Becoming a lawyer is a position of great importance and responsibility. Law school is designed to be challenging so that only those who are most qualified get a license and can practice law. The three years spent in law school are an intense period of learning and self-discovery. Here are some tips for not just surviving law school, but thriving, not only succeeding, but also being in a good position to enjoy it.

1. Get enough sleep

You may think that to pass your big exams, including the bar exam that awaits you at the end of your studies, you may have to study all night before. In fact, the resulting sleep deprivation can actually hurt your performance. Better to get a good night’s rest, not just the day before the exam, but every night you spend at law school.

It’s not just the amount of sleep that’s important, but the quality. You’re likely to sleep more soundly when you’re comfortable, so look at the lifespan of a mattress and consider replacing yours if it’s past its peak. Develop habits that allow you to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

2. Organize your schedule

Law school is stressful enough without procrastinating or scrambling to try and catch up. Organize your schedule for classes, readings and homework. Setting personal deadlines earlier than the one set by the instructor helps you stay ahead of the game, which can pay off at the end of the term.

3. Consider downtime

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It is important to make time for personal care and recreation while in law school. Diligence is the key to success, but constantly keeping your nose to the grindstone can make you burn out. When your schedule is organized, you can schedule breaks to do something you enjoy. When you return to work after taking one of these breaks, you may find that you become even more productive.

4. Think about your future

Law school is not just about taking classes and passing exams. You should also prepare for life after law school by crafting cover letters and applying for internships to build your resume. Focusing only on your studies could hurt your future prospects.

5. Stay focused on lectures

Law school lectures can be long, but you need to absorb the information they contain. Take notes during class, on a computer if allowed or on paper if not. Don’t use a computer if you’re distracted by other apps, or turn off Wi-Fi so you can’t access the web or social media.

When taking notes, focus specifically on the points in the reading that you didn’t quite understand or completely missed. Think of the lecture as a kind of quiz to test your understanding of the material.

6. Get out of the law school bubble

As important as law school is and as engrossing as it may seem, it’s not all life has to offer. If you eat, sleep, and breathe at law school 24 hours a day, you might soon lose your appetite. Get out of the bubble by spending time with family and friends who aren’t in law school to sustain a life outside of it. Practice self-care in the form of exercise and getting enough sleep to maintain your sanity.

Don’t let law school go by in the dark. Try to be present and aware of yourself to create meaningful memories.

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