Things you should know before going to law school (SMU law): admissions, curriculum, culture, etc

Game idea: Take a shot every time I say ‘law school’

ALSO I AM SPEAKING QUITE SLOWLY please speed the video up x1.3 or 1.5 thank you :’ )

This is quite a chatty video about things I wish I had known before coming to SMU law. Many of the things I talk about are based on my own experiences and opinions, some of which may or may not apply to the other local law schools.

If you have any questions or comments, let me know down below!

00:00 – 00:51 Introduction
00:52 – 01:27 Disclaimer
01:28 – 04:28 Admissions
04:29 – 06:33 General course structure (seminars vs lectures)
06:34 – 10:07 General curriculum (core modules, non-law modules, etc)
10:08 – 12:34 Internship requirements
12:35 – 15:08 Strict timelines (practice requirements, TC, part B)
15:09 – 17:08 Law school culture + my personal experience
17:09 – 18:02 Comparison is the thief of JOY!
18:03 – 18:30 Conclusion

Useful Links:
– NUS law guy reddit post (useful for anyone who is considering local law school)
– SMU law guy reddit post (useful for differences between NUS vs SMU law)

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  1. Ur edits really made my day, especially the cat with its face stuck in a mug, completely relate the part for law school culture, as I'm having exams week 🤕

  2. Hi Charlene, have you always wanted to study law? I'm currently a j1 student and I'm trying to explore more paths and career choices. However, I'm not sure if I should stick with a clear goal in mind or whether I should continue to keep my options open 😭 A handful of my friends already have their career path planned, so I'm feeling a bit anxious about the fact that I'm still undecided about what I want to pursue.

  3. I think I will decide to go to law school I find ir very interesting and complex plus both of my parents are lawyers so that’s good and the university of my city is great in law :)) (btw this was posted on my birthday!)

  4. hi Charlene, do you know if it’s possible to get into law school with a C in GP? I was shortlisted for the written test but I’m wondering if I even stand a chance

  5. The part about comparisons is so true tbh. The worst part is not even imposter syndrome, it’s when others deem you less intelligent coz you’re GPA is considered “low” or “average” to them 😵‍💫

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