Crush Your First Week of Law School and Set Yourself Apart From Your Classmates



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The first week of law school can seem completely overwhelming.
Just take a step back and realize that it’s all going to be okay.
Everyone feels overwhelmed. You’re thrown into a situation that you’ve never been in before. You’re learning about subjects that you didn’t know existed. It’s probably going over your head. You probably feel stressed out, you might be a little freaked out, that’s okay, everyone feels that way. But let’s talk about all the dos and don’ts of your first week of law school. Everything you can do to maximize your chances of success later on and everything you can do to minimize your stress in the present.

★ You should understand that the way that law school is taught is completely backwards. You learn the most antiquated arcane cases early on in the semester and there is very little chance that any of those cases will be used on the final exam.

★ The second thing to realize is that a lot of the information that your school is going to give you is bad.

★ Don’t try to do everything.

★ Start outlining.

★ Learn to write an issue spotting exam and spot all the issues.

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36 comments

  1. My granddaughter just started law school at The University of Akron. She took an “Oath of Professionalism”. It addressed the legal profession as a whole. Is this common at all law schools?

  2. I am starting Law school september 1st, i am so excited and have been looking forward to this for two+ years. Thank you for making me feel more confident about it LegalEagle!

  3. I know a couple of my friends went to Harvard Law and they have a firm, nothing too special. But, by being on YouTube you are reaching out to people and making a difference in other people's lives by the masses. It's something that you should take time out of your day and appreciate that about yourself. Amazing job for an amazing person. 😁

  4. I am confused. I thought one of the purposes of case briefing was to be able to answer the questions properly when professors call on you…

    Keep in mind this is coming from the Pre-law student, soon to be 1L so please forgive my ignorance.

  5. Hi Devin, thank you for your insights and elucidations. It's helped to alleviate a lot of stress in preparing for law school this year. I don't often subscribe to channels, but when I do… I prefer LegalEagle. Keep up the good work.

  6. While some of your law school advice is helpful, being in Australia I've noticed there are significant differences in how law school operates, for example it is taken as an undergraduate degree and is 5 years full time or 10 part time

  7. "Most of your grades will come from issue spotting exams"
    "Issue spotting exams are completely useless for your finals and you should'nt invest time into them."

    Contradicting isn't it?

  8. I understanding that you're talking from experience, and thus mainly referencing the American system, but I want to say that this is really helping me with my English Law Conversion.

    The GDL (English conversion course), is done post-grad, like American law school, but is only 1 year. Its the 9 mandatory modules done in a regular English law degree which are typically spread across 2 years, condensed into one.

    As such, its going to be intense but very interesting.

  9. Honestly, I've been looking how law school will be. I'm so new to it all… It's very daunting to know where to start. You have helped immensely in the way you explain the process. Thank you <3

  10. Could you do a video exploring the value of extracurricular activities while in law school? I’m thinking that I’d like to be involved with the school’s Student Bar Association as an officer, but a more popular opinion seems to be that law review is the only valuable extracurricular activity for law students.

  11. hey man . I really like watching your videos they are very informative. I am in yr12 and currently studying to set my AS level exams. I honestly cant tell whether you are American or not. So AS level is like SAT'S but for the British Curriculum. So I'm taking History , Economics , Sociology and Math. Do you believe these subjects would help me or benefit me in order to do become a law student. In two years I will be finished with 'high school' and applying to good law universities in the UK. I'm freaking the hell out man. oh and by the way I am assuming you are a lawyer if so what kind ?
    P.s I want to become a solicitor because that's where the big bucks come in haha
    thanks for the videos 🙂

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