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Your success in law school is the first and most important factor in your success as a lawyer. There are hundreds of law schools available throughout the country. You most likely have shortlisted the law university you want to study at after taking into consideration various factors such as comfort zone, location, fee structure, history of the university, future job opportunities, etc. Once the right law university is decided, it's up to you to ensure you benefit the most from your time spent there.
Time spent at law school can be intimidating and confusing for a young student. If you expect an easy ride, you are in for a big surprise. It's not always about reading the cases over and over again or reading stories about successful lawyers and getting inspired from them. It's about hitting the ground running from day 1 in law school. The higher the grades, the higher the salary you have the potential to earn. You can make your career in law and get some of the best legal jobs available in teaching and government institutions. For better grades in law school you should follow the steps below:
Expect a massive workload from the first day in law school. Consider yourself more in a ruthless organization rather than in a college. Law school is rigorous. It requires a level of diligence to be successful here. Set yourself a proper routine for preparation and follow it until you finish school.
You ensure a better start to your legal career based on your performance in the 1st year. Most law firms hire summer associates at the beginning of their second year of law school, when only first-year grades are available.
First year grades are also relevant since they influence your eligibility for law review, law journals and moot court. Law journals and moot court are considered to be more influential than grades by top law firms when seeking out young lawyers for opportunities.
Your first year grades are purely determined by the scores you manage in your final exams. The amount of topics you need to master is going to be a difficult experience; you will not have ever covered such vastness in any of your college exams.
Don't follow the usual method of reading everything in one week's time; it's not going to be enough. Start preparing from day one for the exams by reading through all the law topics and revisiting them as well.
Attend law classes on a regular basis. You should want to hear the professor's view on particular topics and cases. Everyone has a different view, but the one perspective that matters is the one who is paid to teach the class. You will hear 100 cases being discussed, and it's more important to understand the finer points of each one.
Give yourself some time to relax a bit and relieve your stress. While being focused is important, don't let it cause a nervous breakdown. Nobody wants a lawyer who cannot handle stress and relax with the clients as well. However, this is not an excuse to party all weekend.
Overall, you have very limited time and you need to complete lot of things in this limited time to be a successful lawyer. Being a law student and a successful lawyer demands hard work, determination and dedication.
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