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How I Graduated As the #1 Law Student from Wayne State University Law School

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from Wayne State University Law School

My decision to go to law school was not the most mature or well thought out decision. I chose to go to law school because everyone in my family was either a doctor or studying medicine and I wanted to do something different.  I did not have any lawyers in my family and I thought law school would be interesting. I had absolutely no desire to practice law. And I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with a law degree. Continue reading

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Free eBook For Law Students

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Free eBook for Law Students: “Five Things You Can Do Right Now to Excel in Law School Exams”

JD Advising’s free ebook, “Five Things You Can Do Right Now to Excel on Law School Exams” was written by Ashley Heidemann, who graduated as the #1 law student. It is geared toward law students looking to start preparing early in their semester. As law students begin their second semester, they are often looking to tweak their study habits. Now that they have been through a round of exams, they are starting to realize what works and what doesn’t. In our ebook, we give you five tips to help students start preparing early. If you’re looking to modify how you studied and prepare for final exams, this book is for you.

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Second Semester Law School Tips

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In this post, we discuss some critical second semester law school tips! Many students do not get the grades they want the first semester. The good news is, there is plenty of time to improve your grades during the second semester of law school.  Here are a few of our best second semester law school tips. Continue reading

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3 Steps to Conquering Law School Exams – by the #1 Law Student

In this YouTube video, we tell you not only how to pass law school exams, but how to conquer them.  We give you three time-tested methods to make sure you are on track to pass your law school exam with flying colors.

3 Steps to Conquering Law School Exams:

 The 3 steps to Conquer Law School Exams are as follows:

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A 5-Minute Read on How to Conquer Law School Final Exams

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Looking for a strategy to conquer your law school final exams? Here, we tell you exactly what to do – and what not to do – in a quick, five minute read. I (Ashley Heidemann) graduated as the #1 law student in my class of 203 students in 2011. I attribute it to having a great law school final exam strategy, which I will share with you here! Continue reading

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Don’t Drive By These Four Tips for Commuting to Law School

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Don’t Drive By These Four Tips For Commuting to Law School

It is very common for law students to decide that they don’t want to live on campus during school.  Perhaps rent in the city is too expensive, or you live close enough that you just don’t want to move.  Commuting to law school really is an excellent option, and it’s not as annoying or gruesome as you might think!  The cost of gas money probably is cheaper than rent anyway, so don’t feel ashamed if you choose to live at home for a few years.  It really is a great way to save money!

It is just important to remember that commuting to law school will be an adjustment if you have never lived off campus before.  You will no longer be just a few blocks away from your classroom buildings. You’ll need to adjust your timing, planning, scheduling, etc. accordingly.  While it might sound daunting, commuting becomes much smoother once you get used to it after a few weeks.  You just have to adjust!

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Four Thoughts On Handling Competition In Law School

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Four Important Thoughts on Handling Competition in Law School

You might have heard a lot of rumors of what competition in law school is like.  Some say it is “cut-throat,” or even “hard-core.”  Maybe you’re expecting to hear that dreaded phrase on orientation day: “Turn to your left.  Now turn to your right.  At least one of those people won’t make it to graduation.”  The reality of law school, at least in most places, is much different.  There really is no reason to get intimidated or fear your fellow classmates.  And orientation?  Nary a peep of that kind of talk (at least in my personal experience).  There’s not a lot of purposeful sabotage, intentional giving of wrong information, or enjoyment when others make mistakes.  In my experience, the atmosphere of law school is very supportive, as you really need each other to survive. Of course, some law schools are more competitive than others; however, on the whole, the reputation can make it sound worse than it is.

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Four Vital Tips For Surviving Cold Calling In Law School

Cold Calling In Law School

Four Vital Tips For Surviving Cold Calling In Law School

Classes in law school are likely going to be significantly different from what you have experienced in the past.  When discussing material during a session, many professors won’t ask for volunteers.  They prefer what we refer to as cold calling.  Cold calling in law school can sound very intimidating, and you might have heard horror stories from older lawyers.  The truth is, cold calling is not bad as long as you are adequately prepared.  And it is an excellent way to impress your professors!  Their goal is to challenge you, make sure you can think on your feet, and test to see how much work you are willing to put in.

By asking for volunteers to answer questions, it’s basically an invitation to choose not to do the reading and get away with it.  To combat this, many professors prefer calling on students at random.  That way, they can see what you’re made of.  Impressing when it is your turn can go a long way toward boosting your participation grade at the end of the semester!

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Is It Worth It To Get A Legal Writing Tutor?

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Is It Worth It To Get A Legal Writing Tutor?

Legal writing is often a rude awakening for many entering law school. Often, students assume if they are good writers, this skill will naturally adapt itself to legal writing. However, this is far from true! Legal writing is something that needs to be worked at and mastered. So, if you struggle with legal writing, it could affect the rest of your law school performance. Read further to see why a legal writing tutor could be the best investment you make!

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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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