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Is There a Lot of Public Speaking in Law School? 

 Public Speaking in Law School

Is There a Lot of Public Speaking in Law School?

Many prospective students wonder if there is a lot of public speaking in law school.  While the answer is yes, there’s no reason to be discouraged!  Law school is an excellent place to build and refine your public speaking skills.   The majority of jobs in  law involve some form of public speaking. Law school gives you many of the tools you will need to succeed.  Lawyers are constantly arguing in front of judges, speaking with clients,  and negotiating with other parties. Thus, law school will expose you to many types of public speaking situations and allow you to develop your approach.  You will leave law school with a strong sense of your strengths and weaknesses as a lawyer.  Public speaking in law school doesn’t have to be a chore. Rather it is a means to a very rewarding end!

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Briefing Cases In Law School Is Overrated

Briefing Cases in Law School

Briefing Cases In Law School Is Overrated

Usually one of the first tips an incoming law student receives is that he or she should brief every case that they are assigned. This is one of the worst pieces of advice! In fact, it could have an adverse effect on your performance on law school exams. Below we explain why briefing cases in law school is a big mistake.

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Join Us! Orientation at Wayne State University Law School

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 Join JD Advising, LLC at First Year Orientation at Wayne State University Law School on August 22nd!

If you’re an incoming first year student at Wayne State University Law School, drop by JD Advising’s table during your law school orientation and introduce yourself! JD Advising is looking forward to meeting all first year students at Wayne Law.  We’ll be providing students with pens, pencils, highlighters and law school tips as they’re gearing up for their first year of law school.

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How Is The MPRE Scored?

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How Is The MPRE Scored?

How is the MPRE scored?: The MPRE is composed of 60 multiple choice questions, 50 of which are scored and 10 of which are “test” questions or unsc

ored. Each jurisdiction is able to set their own passing score, but the range is from 75 to 86. The MPRE is scored differently each administration. Therefore, the raw number of questions you need to get correct to pass changes based upon the exam’s difficulty. However, based upon the data of how the MPRE is scored, the overall the numbers do not change much from administration to administration. So, how is the MPRE scored?

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Four Must-Read Tips for Starting Law School at 30

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Four Must-Read Tips for Starting Law School at 30

You are never too old to go to law school!  There is absolutely nothing wrong with starting law school at 30, and you definitely won’t be alone.  Your law school class will be filled with people of all ages and backgrounds in life, including those on their second (or third) career.  There might even be one or two people in their 70s!  Everyone has something to contribute in law school, and everyone will face their own personal challenges.  But don’t let fears about being “too old” be a deterrent in deciding whether to attend.  Once classes get going, no one will think twice about your age.  As long as you are true to yourself and recognize your goals and limits, you have the ability to succeed in law school.

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MPRE Study Guide: What Do I Need to Know to Pass?

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MPRE Study Guide: What Do I Need to Know to Pass?

The obvious answer to this question is “the rules.” While that may be annoying to read, we encounter SO many students who never read the rules, in any way shape or form, prior to taking the MPRE. Thus, it is worth reminding you that the rules are the most important thing to know!

So, in short, for an MPRE study guide, you need to know the rules to pass. However, not all the rules are created equal. We firmly believe that if you are trying to maximize your time studying prior to the MPRE you should study smarter, not harder. To do this you should get an idea how they test these rules. Next, you should make sure that you review the rules and practice application. If you do these things, you are much more likely to pass the MPRE.

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First Year Law School Advice

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First Year Law School Advice: A Survival Guide

First Year Law School Advice: There is a ton of advice out there, between books, blogs and people, regarding law school. Before you determine what advice you want to follow or attach value to, our first recommendation is that you really think about why you are going to law school. While you may change your mind a handful of times regarding what you want to do once you are done with law school, you should have fairly clear reasoning or motivations for going to school. We recommend that you should spend some time thinking about this because it can be your motivating factor on a bad day or after a long week of law school classes. Knowing why you started your journey is good to keep you grounded and moving forward.

Also, by articulating why you are embarking on this journey it can help you decide what type of advice you value or believe, or what types of people you want to listen to regarding your law school career. Keep reading below for our first year law school advice.

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4 Practical Tips To Deal With Law School Anxiety

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4 Practical Tips To Deal With Law School Anxiety

For first year law students, the weeks before starting classes can be a whirlwind of emotion. Excitement, uncertainty, and worry are just a few of them. For many, these emotions manifest as anxiety. In this post, we cover 4 ways to deal with law school anxiety.

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What Is The MPRE Raw Score Needed to Pass the MPRE Exam?

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What Is The MPRE Raw Score Needed to Pass the MPRE Exam?

What MPRE raw score do you need to pass the MPRE exam? This is a common question among MPRE takers. The National Conference of Bar Examiners does not release taker’s MPRE raw score, so it is impossible to tell you the precise number of questions you need to answer correctly. However, we hope that the information below will shed some light upon what constitutes a passing score on the MPRE.

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Law School Supplies Checklist: Top 10 Must-Have Items

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Law School Supplies Checklist: Top 10 Must-Have Items

Law school is about to begin in a few weeks and the days leading up to it can be nerve-wracking. Are you wondering what you should take with you in order to hit the ground running? Take a moment to read our law school supplies checklist below to see what you should consider packing!

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How Many MPRE Questions Should I Answer Total Before The MPRE?

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How Many MPRE Questions Should I Answer Total Before The MPRE?

How Many MPRE Questions Should I Answer Total Before The MPRE?: One of the most common questions we receive is, “How many MPRE questions should I answer to pass the exam?” This is a loaded question! The short answer is one you probably won’t like–it truly depends. A lot students take the position that they will simply do practice questions for their total exam preparation. Some of those students who take that route actually pass. There are many others, however, that take the exam multiple times before finally receiving that passing score. So, trying to determine the number of MPRE questions you should answer prior to taking the exam is a good idea.

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3 Law School Essential Skills You Need To Excel

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3 Law School Essential Skills You Need To Excel

As we get closer to the beginning of the law school year, we have lots of students who contact us asking us for preparation help. The majority of these students know about the large time commitment that law school requires. They come to us looking for ways to become more efficient with their time. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of the top three law school essential skills students need to excel. This list comes from our experience in law school, as well as our students’ experiences. 

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Five First Year of Law School Myths and How to Defeat Them

first year of law school 5 First Year of Law School Myths and How to Defeat Them

There are a lot of rumors swirling around out there about just how terrible the first year of law school is.  Pop culture portrayals only give these myths more power.  The truth?  It’s not as bad as that!  While the first year of law school is very challenging, it is manageable with the right attitude and effort.  If you are approaching the start of your 1L year, try not to put too much stock into what you see on TV or the big screen.  Be prepared to work hard, but don’t let rumors scare you!

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Why You SHOULDN’T Brief Cases In Law School!

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Why You SHOULDN’T Brief Cases In Law School!

Usually, one of the first things taught in legal research and writing class is how to brief a case. Many students, after learning this one of their first days of law school, brief cases for the next three years. However, this is a mistake!

I (Ashley Heidemann) graduated as the #1 student in my class of 203 students at Wayne State University in 2011 and I never briefed cases!

Read further to see why you should NOT brief cases in law school.

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Taking the August MPRE? Sign up for JD Advising’s MPRE Course!

UBE CourseTaking the August MPRE? Sign up for JD Advising’s MPRE Course!

Taking the August MPRE? Sign up for JD Advising’s MPRE Course!: Are you practicing for the MPRE and still struggling with the questions? Have you taken the MPRE previously and failed? If you’re struggling with passing the MPRE, we highly recommend our Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam Course! We had a 100% passage rate among first time and repeat MPRE takers for the August 2016 administration! We have above a 90% passage rate overall — and this includes students who are taking the MPRE for the first time – or who are taking it for the second, third, fourth+ time.

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