Major OCI missteps to avoid

By Samuel Farkas,
BARBRI Curriculum Architect and Instructor

At some point during law school, every student will attempt to dazzle potential employers as the perfect candidate. Here are few common missteps that will get your resume tossed quickly after you exit – and what you can do to avoid them.

“Surely you’ve heard of ME.”

You may have a stellar resume, grades and smile, but no one – most of all, future employers – find cockiness appealing. They do, however, like to see confidence. You’ll want to deliver “in the middle” with cautious confidence. Remain humble and ready to soak up precious legal knowledge. Present a firm handshake, make eye contact, sit up straight and be assertive in your responses and questions. Showing gratitude for your achievements and accolades, while underscoring how receptive you are to learning and growing professionally, will help you make the right impression.

“I want to work for you because I need a job and money!”

During On-Campus Interviews (OCI), you’re going to get asked over and over again: “Why do you want to work for us? Why would you like to be in [insert city name]?” Unless you’ve had your eye on a firm for a while, you’re probably looking for any good employment opportunity, wherever it may reside. But be honest with yourself. Do you really want to live in the office’s location permanently? If not, don’t waste your time interviewing with that firm. Sure, you can make up stories of relatives who’ve relocated there. However, you’ll do yourself and the employer a disservice. And if the actual office where you are interviewing does not practice the law you are interested in, keep looking. Pick firms where you would actually like to live, and then narrow down the firms you would actually like to work for.

“My apologies … I was actually raised in a barn.”

If you’re lucky, you may have the opportunity to interview with potential employers over a meal or call-back interview. Even though these may feel informal, maintain a respectable level of etiquette. Most students think they have good manners already, even if they don’t – because it’s in bad taste to point out bad manners, you’ve probably never been told that you chew with your mouth open or hold a fork incorrectly. Do yourself a favor, read an etiquette book or take a friend to dinner for a critique of your manners.

“You know like cellophane… ”

One of the worst things you can do in a job interview is to leave no impression at all. Many students try to morph into some expected version of the ideal candidate. This is not a good strategy. Try to stand out in some way. Wear a unique accessory, work in an interesting story or discuss a special hobby. Don’t veer into the bizarre, yet communicate something memorable. Simply allow your true self to shine through, keeping in mind that you need to filter it through a professional lens.

“What firm are you with again?”

The surest way to ruin your chances with a firm is to come unprepared. Knowing the firm name, office locations and practice areas are necessary but not sufficient. Do additional research on your interviewers and read any press the firm has recently received. Talk to former summer associates or clerks to get their experiences. Look at LinkedIn, the Martindale-Hubble Law Directory and other online resources to gather some data.

Be sure to reach out to your BARBRI Legal Education Advisor for additional help and advice on how to refine your job interviewing skills.

Reflecting on the 1L life

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

It’s hard to believe that I take my last final tomorrow and by the time you read this I will be done with my 1L, and likely so will you!

In addition to the thousands of pages I read, the notes I’ve taken, and papers written, I have learned so much more this past year than just about the law, but about myself and the way, I view the world. So, while this may be a tad cliché, here are the biggest takeaways from my life as a 1L.

I made the right choice.

It took forever for me to decide which school I was going to go to. I was caught up in rankings, prestige, and conflicted about where I wanted to practice. In May I still had multiple seat deposits down, and it wasn’t until I decided that I wanted to stay in Arizona to practice that my choice became clear.  Even though I was closer to a different law school, U of A made the most sense and I was pretty confident I would fit in well there. I am so grateful that I came to this school. It is 100% where I needed to be.

So 0Ls, if you’re stressing, worried about rankings my best advice is to visit schools, sit in on classes and talk to judges and lawyers in the area you want to practice. Their advice is what helped me decide to stay in Arizona and chose my school. If you’re in a similar position or just starting the process, get out there and speak to people in your legal community.

Friends Make Law School 1000 times better…

I honestly don’t know what I would have done this year without my group of friends at school. School is stressful, and sometimes, you can’t avoid outside life spilling over, and my friends have been there through excessive laughter and tears. I can’t thank them enough. Throughout the year I’ve become closer with different groups, ranging from my micro group, the “Fantastic 4”,  to my small section, “the couch crew,” and with others in classes this semester. Special shout out Kevhilanie and to my fellow Watchers of the Law… yep, we have a group that meets to watch the final season of GoT. Yep, I have turned into that person who uses nicknames for friend groups. This is what law school does to you.

I understand that some people approach law school like a lone wolf, and I get it. Law school is as competitive, and you can make it even more competitive if you want to. But law school is also a community. Not only are my classmates my friends, but they are also going to be my colleagues, and just like we support each other now, I am confident we will continue to do that throughout our careers.  At our orientation a Professor said, “Make friends, not enemies” and that advice guided me the entire year and will continue to guide me into my legal career.

I have embraced “It depends”…

Before starting school, I had always prided myself on being able to see “both sides” on most issues, or so I thought. Law school taught me that I was more closed minded than I realized. This has been perhaps the most significant way law school has changed me. I listen better. Through cases, class discussions, and lunchtime events, I have been exposed to more viewpoints than ever. Instead of being closed minded and holding my ground on issues I held dear, law school has taught me to be an even better listener, to see the other side of an issue and try to understand it through discussion. Sure, some of my core ideas haven’t changed, but I feel much more understanding of the views of others and why they have them. So now when someone asks my opinion on something, I realize… it depends.

It’s been great sharing the @The1LLife with you, and I look forward to seeing you all @The2LLife next Fall!

Tips to tackle different Law School Exam types for 1Ls

Student taking exam

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

I just took my 6th law school exam and my second one for this semester, and so far all of them have been slightly different. Here is an explanation of the different types and some tips to help you prepare.

Closed Book, with maybe an Open Code Book

Essay 3-4 hours

For this type of exam, still create an outline, but memorize it. You might get to use your code book so integrate that into your outline. Also, tabs are your best friend here. You don’t want to waste time flipping through a codebook when you just could have tabbed it. Also check with your professor about what, if any notes you can have in the codebook. The key here is to take a lot of practice exams. If your teacher doesn’t provide them, go online to find some and check out the 1L Mastery  Course from BarBri.

Open Book, Open Notes

Essay 3-4 hours

Here, you can use your book, but it’s unlikely you will ever use it, unlike the codebook in the previous example. Your notes and outline are the most useful thing here. If your school allows it, try to pre-write the rules like you might on the exam and have them in your outline. Double check with your professor if this is ok. All of mine were fine with this, just no copy and pasting into Exam4, which is our test-taking software. The thing is here, make sure you have gone through your outline a lot. As a general note, you want all of your outlines done a few weeks before finals, and if you update them weekly, you can get there. Doing this will also help you create an attack or checklist outline.

Open Universe

Essay and/or Multiple Choice 3-4 hours

These types of tests can be dangerous. I say this because of their “open nature” first because its “open” the professors usually require a more developed answer, because of all of the tools available to you, including the internet. It is also “dangerous” because it can provide a false sense of security, as you may feel like if you’re not 100% on something “you can just look it up.” Let me be the first to tell you this is a TRAP. Sure, looking something up can be helpful, but it can also be a time suck! Beware and prepare like you would for a typical open book/note exam. Anything out in the universe is just a bonus.

Open Universe, Take Home

8 hours within a 24 hour

WOW… I liked this exam type. I felt like I did well because of the time given and my level of preparation. Oddly because I had so much information available, I seemed to have reviewed everything more carefully while preparing for the exam. During the exam, I actually had time to look at my full outline and confirm questions or ambiguities in my notes with the textbook. It was a luxury, that 2Ls seem to know well and then I realized… if I feel this way, so must everyone else…. Oh no…  who knows where I will land on the curve because of this.  My tips for taking this type of exam? Think of all of the resources you have like one big very comprehensive outline and figure out the best way for you to use them to create the most well-developed answer properly. Plus practice using everything together. If you don’t have a good planned, you might get overwhelmed and distracted during the test, and then those 8 hours just became 4. Also, think about when the best time for you to take the exam. Some people think better in the morning, others in the evening. Also consider when you’ll want food and any breaks you need., 8 hours is a long time to be hungry…

Best of luck on finals my fellow #1Ls! As always, if you have any tips reach out over @The1LLife on Twitter or Instagram.

Approaching the 1L Finish Line

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

Yesterday I attended my last day of scheduled classes. My 1L year is over… well, almost… actually not even close. There is still so much to do. I still have 5 finals, and the law review write on to complete. I am sure you are in a similar situation. Here are some tips to make the most of our final weeks as 1Ls.

Take Advantage of Wellness Week Offerings

At my school, the SBA had many fun events to help us relax a bit before reading work began. We had a ping pong tournament (yes, we have a ping pong room at my school), yoga classes, and more. At my friend’s school they brought in puppies and kittens, and they will have breakfast provided for them each day next week! Whatever your school does, enjoy it! Also, beyond that…

Take Care of Yourself

It’s time for some serious self-care too. You need to be ready for finals and have the energy to make it all the way to the end. Last semester, I only had 3 finals; this semester, I have 5. Yes, 5! I have finals for Legal Writing, where I have to write a closed research memo in 8 hours, an 8 hour take-home final for Criminal Procedure, with strict word count limits, an open note exam for Constitutional Law, an open universe multiple choice test for Business Organizations, and I finish with an open universe Property exam. Whew. Some self-care is essential right now, I went to a concert with some friends on Monday and to be honest, that was the BEST thing I could have done. I left feeling great and ready for finals. Do whatever makes you happy. Go for a hike, cook, get out your coloring book, knit, listen to music, or go for a run. Whatever it is, whatever you do for self-care, make time for it.

Make the Most of the Reading Period

Some people like to schedule their study time according to the credit value of the class, and others want to work on classes they feel they struggle in the most, and some focus on their best subject matter. You know what works best for you. Don’t get distracted or think that because you are doing things differently than others you have to make a change. If you had great results last semester, stick to that plan. If you decided to change things up, have confidence in your choice and stick to it! For me, one thing I did NOT do a good job of was memorizing my outline and creating an attack outline. This semester my outlines are done, and as I do practice problem, I am making a note of the items I use most AND missed to create a good attack outline. Take advantage of office hours and any review sessions being offered too.

Appreciate How Far You’ve Come

I know, I know, super cliché, but seriously. We all need to give ourselves a round of applause. We’ve nearly made it to the end, just a few more steps and we are 2Ls. Think not only about everything we have learned but also about how we perceive things differently now. I can say that before starting law school there were some topics I thought of as very black and white, and now all I can see is the full spectrum of options. I have moved entirely from “Yes” or “No” to fully embracing “it depends” because it is true! It’s incredible to think about how much we have changed already!

Good luck on Finals everyone, we’ve got this! Feel free to reach out on the @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram with your favorite tips to finish the semester strong!

Preparing for Your 1L Summer Position

Male hands holding cell phone looking at his LinkedIn profile

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

We are in the last week of class, still need to work on outlines, take practice exams, and make sure everything is lined up for our summer positions. Whew… We can do this! While the summer job, still feels far off there are some things you can do now to help make sure everything is in line so you can start your 1L summer job with ease.

Complete Any Required Paperwork

This summer, I am working for a government agency, but they do not require the same level of background checks that my fellow classmates are enduring, so they have been very accommodating with my paperwork. Even though I have had had the position since March, they just reached out this week with all the forms I need and said to not worry about it all till after finals. All they wanted from me was to provide a start date and possible end date. I have been fortunate. A few of my fellow 1Ls are still trying to get everything figured out with their future employers before it becomes a distraction during finals. My advice is, if you haven’t heard from them yet, check in and make sure you know all of the requirements you have to meet or can meet those deadlines after finals.

1L Summer

Confirm Your Start Date

Most employers seem to be flexible, so do not over commit yourself to a tight start date deadline. Do not forget that we need to plan for finals, moving (in some cases), the write-on competition for law review and maybe a short vacation before starting our summer positions. You might also need a little bit of extra time if you are working an unpaid job and need to find a part-time position, so you have income over the summer, or if you are taking summer school classes. Be realistic, and set your start date accordingly. Also, if you need any time off during the summer, be sure to discuss that before starting.

Confirm the Dress Code

You do not want to show up every day in business suits if you are working in a casual work environment. You’ll make other people uncomfortable, and you might feel out of place. Likewise, you don’t want to be unprepared and wear the same suit every day because you don’t have the right wardrobe. See if you can visit the office before your start date so that you can get a good feel for the environment, and go shopping as needed.

Get Your LinkedIn in Order

Yes, you did this while you were applying for positions, but it’s time to add your first 1L summer job, and perhaps update your intro! We are about to be “rising 2Ls”. You will likely be networking a lot this summer and connecting on LinkedIn is an easy way to make these connections. After a brief talk, ask if you can add them on LinkedIn and then you can send them a quick thank you.

Talk to the 2/3Ls

I am going to Phoenix for my internship, as that is where I want to practice once I graduate. I discovered that a 2L worked at this office last summer and I asked her for details like the culture, dress code and asked her for recommendations about things I could do to the make the most of my summer experience. She was so helpful and provided me with a lot of useful information. Because of her advice, I feel even more confident in starting my position this summer. If there isn’t a person at your school, you can use LinkedIn to find people that had the role previously. Reach out and make a connection!

What other suggestions do you have for someone preparing to start their first legal internship? Let me know over at the @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram!

Apps to Help You Prepare for Finals

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

Finals are weeks away. Did I just say that!?!?

Ok well, there is no way to avoid the truth… Finals are coming…

To help you get prepared here are some recommended apps, to help you study, relax, and bring some balance to the remaining days of our second semester.

One of my friends at school recently exposed me to studyblue.com and its app. It is fantastic. It allows you to create flashcards easily and then provides a graded response about your study session so that you can track your progress. This is ideal for learning rules and more to prepare for finals.

Before being exposed to this site I also used Cram, but I prefer this one more. Another great option is Quizlet. I would look at all three of these and see which one fits your study style best.


Music is a must for when I am studying, and Spotify has been really great for supplying me with terrific playlists. I’ve turned into a fan of pop instrumental for my study music. I know, not for everyone, but my favorite one to currently listen to is here. You can also check out an article I wrote last semester for more playlists recommended by myself and other students.

We all need some calmness in our lives, and my favorite meditation app is Meditation Studio. It even has a section dedicated to students with really short 3-5 minute meditations that are easy to listen to between study sessions or even before an exam. It also has longer, more traditional mediation offerings, that are really useful.

The BARBRI Study Plan app has study videos for ALL of our 1L classes. I used this heavily for Civ Pro last semester, and in many ways, it’s the reason I received as good of a grade as I did. I plan to start listening to these lessons this week, so I can take extra notes to supplement my outline and lecture notes.  You can also find outlines in the app to help you build your own. I like the fact that the app allows you to watch a video or to download just the audio version of each lesson. This makes it very easy to listen to these lessons while doing tasks around the house or working out.

I love Life Cycle because it lets me see how I am spending my time each day, week and month. I have it set to automatically log where I am and what I am working on, but you can also do this manually. Often, I post this on Instagram and people always ask about the app. I like it because it lets me see how much time I am doing homework at the law library, in classes and more

Freedom! Time to Pick our 2L Classes!!

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona Law School

The time has arrived my fellow 1Ls. We finally have some freedom, and we get to pick our 2L classes for the Fall semester! I cannot believe how fast this year flew by. My class registration day is just around the corner, and I am sure yours is quickly approaching too. So here are a few tips to help you as you pick your 2L classes.

Talk to current 2Ls and 3Ls

Sometimes multiple sections of a class are offered, sometimes in the same semester, but usually in Fall and Spring. As you are aware teachers often take a very different approach not only in teaching styles but also in grading. For instance, at my school, one section of a class has a multiple choice exam as the final, and the other has the option of a paper instead of taking a final. Depending on which you prefer this could be a deal breaker.

You have to take this into account as you plan your schedule and the BEST resource for this information is the people who have gone before you. They can provide you insight to class structure, professor demeanor and more.  You don’t want to look back and wish you’d known, so now is the time to ask!

 2L Classes

Take 2L classes related to your focus

One of my professors talked about how if you’re interested in Immigration law, in addition to that you should also consider taking administrative law, which may seem obvious. However, they also said you should consider related classes like family law and employment law since they share similar elements. This will help you be a well round attorney in your field.

Plan beyond the Fall Semester

I am very excited to be participating in the very first Phoenix Externship program offered by UofA in Spring of 2020, so I need to be really focused on completing as many of the business litigation certificate courses I can in the Fall. Maybe you plan on doing a study abroad or will be participating in an externship in another city as a 2L or 3L.  You have to keep that in mind as you select your classes for Fall; otherwise, you might discover that you come up short. You also need to make sure you keep track of graduation requirements especially if you plan on taking the February Bar exam.

Plus…Talk to the Registrar

In addition to planning ahead, you should also stop by the law school registrar, to find out when certain classes are offered. For instance, if a professor is visiting and hosting a special seminar class, it might be your only chance to take that class.

Bar Focused Classes

Some people plan their entire class load based on if the class is tested on the exam. For some, this might be a great approach, but for others, they might be taking a class they have to relearn during bar prep anyway and perhaps those credits could have been spent elsewhere. It really depends on your personal preference.

I hope you get all of the classes you want next semester and if you have any other suggestions let me know over at @The1Life on Instagram and Twitter!

You Never Forget Your First Oral Argument…

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law


Image from the ABA for Law Students

First, we had research projects, then memos, and finally we’ve reached the oral argument stage of our law school careers. For most, this is a stressful time, especially for those who do not like to speak in front of others. Even if you have a lot of public speaking experience, it is not uncommon to be nervous, but our professor has reassured us that the nerves can actually be helpful. Here are some tips I’ve learned as I prepare for my first graded oral argument.

Handle the Nerves

A 2L told me if I wasn’t nervous before my oral argument “I wasn’t doing it right.” It was also reassuring to have our professor share that even experienced attorneys, with decades of experience, still get nervous before an oral argument. The “good part” of nerves is that they keep us on our toes. The “bad part” is, if not managed, they may impact our performance. Great…

The best advice I can give is to find a coping mechanism for your nerves. Some people like to visualize their performance, and others wear a favorite clothing item or hold something in their hand. For me, it’s applying pressure to my pinky finger. I know it sounds weird, but I acted as a kid, and this was a trick an experienced actor showed me. It’s easy to conceal, and I can’t even explain why it works, but it does. It is a small thing that helps me overcome my nerves and helps me focus.

The point is, you just need to discover what works for you. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it helps you to stay focused and calm. The ABA also has a great article for students here about managing your nerves.

Make A List of Questions

Make a list of questions you might be asked during your oral argument. You may have done this in class, but if you haven’t, I found it REALLY helpful! To make your own list, think of 3 questions you want to be asked, 3 questions you assume you will be asked, and 3 questions you hope you don’t get asked. You can then use these question to practice your oral argument and shore up any weaknesses you might have.

Find the Organization Method that Works for You.

There are a lot of different methods to use during your oral argument to help you stay organized, and they usually involve some type of folder system. Some recommend multiple folders, others a single folder system. In my class, we watched this video from UMKC about how to use a single folder with notecards. I liked this method, and it is what I will be using.

Practice! Present Your Argument To Someone

As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. You can present to yourself by recording your argument and reviewing it. I also recommend practicing in front of other people. Consider working with someone familiar with all of the facts. Since they know the material, they might not pull punches and ask tough questions. The other option you have is to work with your opponent. Some people might think this is crazy and unrealistic, and it might be off limits at your schools. At mine, it is encouraged, as it will challenge the way we look at our arguments and allow us to improve our memos before we submit them.

Best of luck with your oral arguments! Let me know how they went over @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram.

How to handle Memo Feedback

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona Law

If you were like me, you thought writing the memo this semester would seem more natural. After all, we already have one memo under our belt, and we have completed a semester worth of legal writing. However, I was wrong, and I was not alone in my thinking. Since most of us are starting to receive our memo feedback I wanted to share some tips that I have learned along the way.

First… Breathe in and breathe out…

I get it; it can be stressful to read a critique from the professor or your writing fellow about your memo. I think my professor said it best when she said: “feedback can be so hard on the memos because writing is so personal”. She is right. We spent countless hours on research, writing, and editing to reach the word limit, and now it feels like we find out if it was “worth it”, is our memo “good”. Breathe in breathe out… The critical thing to remember at this point is that your memo is just a first draft. No one (except maybe you) expected it to be perfect. Remember the goal of the feedback is to help you improve your writing.

Give yourself enough time to read the feedback before your meeting

There seem to be two different types of people when it comes to reviewing memo feedback. Some eagerly open it while others wait to open it until the very last minute to see their feedback. I am not saying you have to open it the second you receive it, but you can use the feedback more productively the earlier you review it.

Be sure to read all of your feedback with an open mind

It can be daunting to open the document with your memo feedback. Forge forward and read all the comments. One of my classmates also stressed the importance of reading the feedback with an open mind. They suggested reading the feedback in a way that you just assume that what you did was wrong. This will help you be more receptive to the feedback, rather than trying to defend your point of view. Also, instead of trying to tackle all of the feedback at once, start small and take it one comment at a time. For each comment make some notes. The notes could be a question, a tip to yourself, or taking the time to answer the questions posed in the feedback. Keep going until you finished. Then review all of the comments together to see any overreaching themes for areas of improvement.

Create a list of questions for the professor

After you have reviewed and made comments to the feedback, create a list of questions to ask your professor. This will help you be more organized during your feedback meeting and allow you to prioritize the issues you are not sure how to resolve.

 

If there are issues with structure (CREAC/IRAC), make an outline

You likely created an outline while you were writing your memo, but if your professor has provided a critique about the flow of your memo, make a brief outline of your memos structure with proposed changes. Plan to take this new outline into the meeting to help you gain clarity, and it might provide insight to the overall structure the professor is looking for in the memo.

Finally, seek additional help when needed.

Asking for help can be difficult, “but do not let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game.” Take advantage of office hours, use the writing center, and ask for help from your assigned writing fellow. They are all eager to help you navigate the writing process. Remember at the end of the day the purpose of writing the memo is to help us improve our legal writing abilities, and the more help you seek, the better your writing will be.

What other tips do you have for handling feedback from your memo? Let me know over @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram!

Keeping it Real: What 1Ls said they wish they knew day one

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

Last week I wrote about the path to 1L, and I asked current law students to share their experiences about what they wish they had known or could have told themselves before starting their 1L. Here are the top responses.

I wish I knew that:

Law School can make you feel stupid and brilliant all within a single class hour.

Agree! This can be very true when a cold call goes wrong, or when you walk into class thinking you fully understood an issue and realize you were wrong. Trust me; everyone has been there. But there are also those moments often within the same class hour, where it all clicks and that feels amazing!

Even if I do my best, I still might end up with a B or B+

I think this is the element that can be shocking for most 1Ls. We are all smart and capable which is why we were admitted to law school. We were likely top of our class, but the thing is, so were most of our classmates and now we are on a curve.

The curve can wreck even the best-laid plans, plus remember that the final was a snapshot and does not reflect your total understanding of the subject matter. Above all, remember that grades do not define you. After we graduate it’s our knowledge base that matters not a grade in a single class.

I could have saved my soul by picking another career path…

When I shared this comment, my DMs lit up with a flood of questions. Most people asked if it was REALLY that bad and if I was ok. So many came in that I changed the Instagram story to clarify that it was a submitted comment to the question, but it is worth sharing.

Many people struggle in law school. It can be anything from trying to overcome imposter syndrome to having a hard time dealing with the workload or just the shock “of seeing behind the curtain” as to what lawyers do. The reality is that not everyone in law school likes going to law school. If you are going to school to advocate for a particular cause, it can be a challenge to see how some doctrinal classes will help you accomplish this.

For the people that feel this way, my advice is to make the most of your summer externship. This will give you a better look at what your future career will be like, and if you do not enjoy the work, then it might be time, to be honest about your current career path. A few 2Ls also told me that once you start picking your classes, it helps a ton because you are taking the classes that interest you.

My wish? I wish I had known that learning the law is not enough.

In undergrad and grad school, as long as you learn the topic, you will likely do well in your classes. At law school though, learning is not enough. Professors assume that you have learned the law, so on finals, they are testing to see if you have mastered it. There is a distinct difference there that I didn’t really understand until I was taking practice exams. For me this was crucial, and I have changed the way I am studying this semester because of it.

Are you a current law student and want to add to the list? Let me know over @The1LLife on Twitter or Instagram!