This might seem like a silly question, but we will ask it anyway: is law school hard? Many potential law students ask themselves this question. They often worry the course material will be just too difficult to grasp. The answer is a qualified yes. Although new material and the adjustment from undergraduate to law school can be difficult they are by no means impossible. Here is our take on what can make law school seem extremely difficult for those unsure whether to apply.
You by no means need a law school prep course to excel in law school. I did not take a law school prep course and I graduated as the #1 student in my class.
However, a law school prep course can be a good idea for many reasons. Some students find that it helps them significantly. Others find it gives the confidence boost or “edge” that they need to excel in law school. Many students seek our advice for the question “should I take a law school prep course?”
A lot of factors are personal. And a lot depends on the course you are looking at (as we mention below).
We generally tell our students to consider the following factors when deciding if a law school prep course is right for them. Continue reading
A good law school prep course can be a huge advantage to new law students. A good law school prep course will teach you exactly how to succeed–and indeed, excel–in law school. This will open up a variety of doors, including employment opportunities, the opportunity to interview for competitive clerkships or internships, scholarship opportunities, as well as the opportunity to be on law review. Thus, since law school success is so important, your choice of law school prep course is equally important! Below are some factors to consider when choosing a law school prep course. Continue reading
I am Worried about Starting Law School: There are many reasons people worry about starting law school: Some worry that they will “fail out” or not do well and disappoint everyone. Others are worried about the public speaking aspect of it (“I will look like a fool when I am called on.”). Others worry that they won’t find a job. Or that they will hate law school. There are lots of reasons why you may be worried about starting law school.
In many ways, it is easy to worry because law school is, in many ways, “the unknown.” It is a different game than undergrad. You do not know exactly what to expect. And it doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being easy and fun. So, below we list five steps to take if you are worried about starting law school. Continue reading
“Should I go to law school?” is a difficult (and highly-debated) question as it is. With the dismal job market and astronomical amount of debt that law students are in, most people think law school is simply a bad choice.
So the question “Should I go to law school if I do not want to practice law?” is often met with a resounding “no!!” This question is asked by only a small percentage of the population (I was part of that small percentage) and that small percentage will have to defend their decision tooth-and-nail if they truly do not plan on practicing law after law school. As someone who had no intent to practice law, I had to defend my decision all throughout law school and even now as someone who does not practice law full time. Continue reading
I just finished the newly-released book, The Happiness of Pursuit, by Chris Guillebeau. It’s a fantastic book about how having a quest brings meaning to your life. It led me to think about the various quests I’ve had (and still have) in my own life. It also led me to think about how law students and lawyers can benefit from having a quest. But first, what exactly is a quest?
I was a K-JD student. I went straight through from undergrad to law school automatically without even thinking about taking time off in between. In the end, I think that was the right path for me. But looking back on my own law school experience – and hearing others talk about their own experiences – I’ve realized that taking time off between undergrad and law school provides a plethora of advantages that many undergrad students do not stop to consider.