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Help! How Do I Survive Law School?

about 8 years ago fadzel





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Five Things to Do In Law School

Going to Law School can be a very scary experience. But, don't worry, here’s some tips to help you survive law school!

1. Don't be afraid to ask questions

You don't understand a thing on what your lecturer just said in class? Well, if you're really completely lost, then we understand your not wanting to stick your hand up in front of everyone to ask a question that may make you seem too clueless..

But there's always an easy solution to not wanting to appear like the class dunce. After class hours! Don't be afraid to knock on his door and have a chat. Lecturers do sit in their rooms for at least part of the day and (usually) won't mind a student popping in for a quick question.

You'll preserve your reputation among your mates. And, don't worry your lecturer won't eat you alive for admitting that you're lost in the class!

2. READ your textbook!

You think you'll survive by just relying on lecture notes? No way... Like it or not, you will have to get used to reading extra thick books if you want to understand your subjects well.

*Note: Wrists have been sprained (literally) doing this before. Take caution. We assume no responsibility on injuries that may occur.

3. Spend time preparing for your classes

You got the reading list for your next lecture.


Make sure you read it all before you attend lectures. You'll get more out of your lectures that way.

Besides, though the reading lists may seem long, very often it's pretty much just a 1/2 hr skim through.

Yet, it makes a huge difference -being prepared for the lecture VS blank vacant stares at the lecturer, which will later (around assignment submission time) be accompanied by frantic panic to make sense of the incomplete lecture notes that you've made.

4. Be active during tutorial sessions

This is where you learn on how to speak up and give your opinions. Don't be afraid of getting the answers wrong.

Your tutor is there for a reason, to guide you.

Better to ask 'stupid questions' in the tutorial session than to give stupid answers in the exam hall!

5. Join a study group

Choose the right study group and it'll help you learn about stuff faster. Even if you think you've got it all under control. Besides, it's good to get to know your classmates!

Study group is about studying, not gossiping. Also, WhatsApp study groups is not what we are talking about.

Follow these tips, and you'll be on the right track.

NOTE: The author survived Law School (barely!), both as a student and teaching staff, in three different continents.

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