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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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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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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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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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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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The Top Five Worst Pieces of Law School Advice

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We have written a lot about what we think the best law school advice is, including several posts about how to succeed in law school. However, we hear a lot of bad law school advice too! In this post, we discuss what not to do if you want to succeed in law school. Continue reading

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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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5 Things to do NOW to Get Ready for Law School – Advice from a Student who Graduated #1 in her class

5 things to do now to get ready for law school 5 Things to do NOW to Get Ready for Law School – Advice from a Student who Graduated #1 in her Class

In this post we discuss five things you can do right now to get ready for law school. This post is written by Ashley Heidemann, who graduated as the #1 student in her class of 2011 at Wayne State University Law School.  Ms. Heidemann also has designed a law school preparatory course for those looking to learn the exact techniques she used to succeed in law school.

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The 1L Orientation Experience – What is it Like?

The 1L Orientation Experience

The 1L Orientation Experience: For any incoming 1L student, it is perfectly normal for the anxiety and nerves to be high.  Luckily for you, pretty much every member of your class is feeling the same way right now.  Law school is completely unknown to you.  You’ve probably heard a lot of horror stories, or seen the t.v. show portrayals – but everything is still a mystery.  But while law school is extremely difficult, it can also be a great experience.  You’ll make lifelong friends, meet incredibly supportive mentors, and develop skills that will benefit you in so many ways.

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Should I Take the MPRE the Summer After 1L Year?

Should I Take the MPRE the Summer After 1L Year?

Should I Take the MPRE the Summer After 1L Year?: Now that your first year of law school is completely behind you (yay!), one thing to start thinking about is when to take the professional responsibility exam.  The MPRE is offered three times a year: March, August, and November.  You have to achieve a passing score on the MPRE before you can receive your law license in most states. (Some states limit the number of times you can take the bar exam without a passing MPRE score. A couple states prohibit you from taking the bar exam at all until you pass the MPRE!)

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Nervous About Starting 1L Year – What Should I Do?

Nervous About Starting 1L Year – What Should I Do?

It’s perfectly normal to be nervous about starting 1L year.  An approaching big change in your life is always nerve-wracking.  But one thing to remember is that everyone in your class is going to be nervous.  I remember a few months before I started I asked a friend who was going to be in my class if he was excited.  The response?  “Not really.”  Everyone feels some sort of apprehension about this new challenge.  No one really has an advantage going in as no one has ever done this before.  At the risk of sounding cliché, you’re all in this together!

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