Author: Academic Achievement Department

The Summer Before 1L

Today we welcome 2L student, Daniel Higgins, with his advice on prepping for the next few weeks before your 1L year. The summer before law school can be full of anticipation, anxiety, excitement, and many other feelings.  Students are coming from out of state or relocating to Oklahoma City, and a lot is happening before school starts.  But there are things that you can do to prepare yourself for the upcoming year even before you start. (1) Create a budget for the year and borrow responsibly  One of the biggest concerns for many incoming law students is, “How am...

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New Year, New Law Student

Now that the semester is in full swing, it’s Law School New Year to make goals to live a balanced and sustainable law school life. Below are resources to make Spring 2019 a more balanced semester specifically for you, OCU Law student: $$$Money$$$ Check out 1L Max. It’s a web learning platform designed to help law students, especially, work on their finances. It has tools and resources on the financial basics like budgeting but also has modules explaining how benefits packages work when looking for your first job. You can sign up for a phone call for one on...

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How to Avoid Getting Burned Out During Finals

Once again we welcome back 3L student, Grace Williams, with her advice on making it through final exams. I can’t even. That’s how I feel about everything during finals time so I developed the following process to help myself stay focused and actually study and learn what I need to: 1. Determine if you need a win or to eat a frog. There is a school of thought that was inspired by Mark Twain who famously said that if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of...

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Midterm Madness

This week we once again welcome 3L student Grace Williams. Check out her mid-semester advice:  Even though most of my classes don’t have midterms, midterm season is when I start to get pretty stressed. My 1L year, I applied for a job outside of law  because I was concerned I’d made a huge mistake. Luckily that experience gave me the confidence boost to keep going and I’ve realized that there are some important things that I need to do each semester during the midterm season to stay sane. 1. Intentionally Plan for the Season Change The Oklahoma weather is...

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Advice from Fellows on Preparing for Exams

You can’t cram for a law school exam – you have to work diligently and effectively throughout the semester. Now that we’ve moved past the halfway point the semester, it’s especially important to have a study schedule that allows you to studiously prepare for class and complete the outlining, reviewing, and practicing necessary to prepare for exams. Taking your first set of law school exams may seem downright terrifying at times, but with the right approach you should feel confident going into finals week. To help you be successful, we’ve asked our academic fellows for the best advice on...

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