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How to Prepare for Class at Law School

Putting your best foot forward in class at law school
Tags: law school, class, class prep
Apr 2, 2023

Here are some tips for getting ready for law school classes:

  1. Read what you need to before class so you can understand the discussions better (LSD Case Briefs can make this a little easier)
  2. Take notes during class to remember what you are learning and then review notes later.
  3. Be an active participant in class discussions by asking questions and sharing your ideas.
  4. Look over your notes after class and make any corrections you have to
  5. Use tools like outlines and flashcards to help you study.
  6. Plan out your study time and don't put things off until the last minute.
  7. Don't be afraid to ask for help from your teacher, classmates, or tutor if you need it.

As a first-year student, showing up to class can seem daunting. But don't worry, with these tips you can effectively prepare for your law school classes

For many people these steps will seem very simple. However, Law School is a tough experience and sometimes it is easy to forget the little things. And hey, if you think these are simple then just look around, find someone who is struggling, and lend them a hand. Collaboration is the real secret to crushing law school. If nothing else people will remember you fondly.

Complete your readings before class

To fully engage in class discussions, it's crucial to read and comprehend assigned readings before class. This will enable you to follow discussions better, ask informed questions, and contribute to class conversations

Take notes during class

Jot down detailed notes during class on the main points discussed. This will help you remember important information and concepts, and prepare for further study and review.

Participate in class discussions

Active participation in class discussions is an excellent way to reinforce your understanding of the material and engage with your classmates and professor. Be prepared to ask questions, offer your opinions, and engage in constructive dialogue.

Review your notes after class

After class, take some time to review your notes and make any necessary corrections or additions. This will help you retain information better and prepare for future classes and exams.

Use supplements and study aids

Supplements and study aids such as hornbooks, outlines, and flashcards can be beneficial tools in preparing for law school classes. They provide additional explanations and examples of legal concepts and help you review and reinforce your understanding of the material.

Manage your time effectively

Managing your time effectively is essential in law school, where classes can be demanding and time-consuming. Set aside dedicated study time each day and create a study schedule that works for you. Prioritize your assignments, and avoid procrastination.

Seek help when needed

If you find yourself struggling with the material, don't hesitate to seek help from your professor, classmates, or a tutor. Law school can be challenging, and asking for assistance when you need it is crucial.

Preparing for law school classes requires preparation, participation, and effective time management. By completing your readings before class, taking notes, participating in class discussions, reviewing your notes, using supplements and study aids, managing your time effectively, and seeking help when needed, you can maximize your learning and succeed in law school.

If all else fails, try your best and be kind. That will take you further than any check list or article you can find online.

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Windsor MIT '22, Harvard College Advisor

I am the half of LSD that didn't take the LSAT, or go to law school (Sorry about that). But I did go to MIT business school while surrounded by law students and lawyers, so I am somewhat qualified to talk about the intricacies of law school apps and finances.

Windsor (the dog) didn't write this but he WAS a Resident Tutor and career advisor at Harvard College with me, so deserves some credit.

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they need to put you in a straight jacket for that one
TwinPeacock
15:29
I just heard ppl were taking 6 months to study for the lsat and I didn’t have that time.
normalnebula
15:29
vandy pretty pls let me in
normalnebula
15:29
I am becoming neurotic
i did study off and on for about 1.5 years hard to type that out
but the GRE has vocab and math fuck that
normalnebula
15:30
yeah I studied for like 30-60min/day over the summer for the aug lsat
TwinPeacock
15:30
Also waitlisted at Fordham, it was a nice run. Lol. I got an acceptance tho but I might retry if I can’t get off the waitlist
normalnebula
15:30
and then studied a bit more for a fall one
normalnebula
15:30
unfortunately my brain decided not to work during the tests due to covid and insomnia lol
TwinPeacock
15:31
How is it learnable if it’s just a bunch of reading? Lol
what did u score nebula?
on august
and the fall one ig
normalnebula
15:31
160
normalnebula
15:31
Brough it up to 16mid in fall
its only learnable for the freaks of nature lol
normalnebula
15:31
but I was PTing in the 170s
do u remember where u started at? like ur cold pt baseline?
normalnebula
15:32
ooh I do not I think it was like a 156 but tbh I hated the reading section so I didn't actually read them and just answered the questions
gotcha lol
im convinced people casually take the LSAT on a whim and don't study a lot for the average to be a 150
idk my roommate studied for like 8 months and capped at a 152
normalnebula
15:34
I had some other stuff going on so if I retook it now im like sure I could get in the 170s
normalnebula
15:34
but I got a full ride at a T40 so like
normalnebula
15:35
which im glad for bc my best section was LG which they're getting rid of lol
@TediousSparrow: ahh damn i mean fair I could be wrong
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