Author: Academic Achievement Department

Advice From Our Fellows

In the learning process, it’s important to learn from those who know. So for this week’s post, we’re sharing some advice, insight, and suggestions from our academic fellows. Check out what these students think you should know as you tackle 1L year:   “I found it very helpful to get Monday and Tuesday classes read for over the weekend and also to actually read all the material. It is awesome how much you can already know for the final if you actually read the assigned material.” “Talk to your loved ones about the time commitment law school is going to...

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A Simple Exercise to Improve Your Focus

Mindfulness is a state of bringing your attention to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness often involves sitting still, focusing on your breath, and observing your thoughts and emotions without judgment. Incorporating mindfulness practice into your life doesn’t need to be difficult or take much time – even a short five minutes of mindfulness a day can have benefits. Of particular interest to law students is that practicing mindfulness can not only reduce your stress level but also enhance your cognitive learning. Numerous mindfulness studies have shown an association between mindfulness and improved academic performance. As we approach the midway...

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Why You Should Act Like a Professional Starting Now

Every now and then it’s helpful to take a step back and remember what law school is all about. Law school is about preparing you to enter the legal profession. Entering the legal profession assumes that you’ll be a professional. A professional is someone who is diligent and reliable. A professional treats others with respect. A professional manages their time appropriately and is constantly trying to improve their skills. These aren’t just the qualities of a successful member of the legal profession, they are also the qualities of a successful law student. Incorporating professionalism into your actions during law...

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Make Multiple Choice Questions Your Friend

Being a lawyer is all about reading, writing, and oral argument, right? So why, you may be wondering, are you faced with having to take multiple choice tests during law school? More and more professors are incorporating multiple choice assessments into their classes both as a way to prepare students for the difficult MBE portion of the bar exam and as a way to help them assess students’ grasp of the concepts. Many law students dislike, or even fear, multiple choice questions and will therefore avoid multiple choice questions until they see them on a test. Don’t make that...

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Class Notes a Mess? Try a Different Note-taking System

Sometimes, law school feels like it’s made up of reading, reading, and more reading. While the reading is important, it’s not the only facet of law school success. You also need to pay close attention to the in-class lecture and strive to take complete, clear notes each day. The lectures are an opportunity for you to clarify your understanding of the reading and get insight into what your professor expects you to know for the exam. The lectures should help you discover your specific professor’s understanding of the key rules and the way he or she is likely to...

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