Finding what works for you

Throughout my time in law school, I came to realize one thing: no one learns the same way. Once you’re in law school, you’re almost always surrounded by type A personalities who have been extremely successful in their life up until this point. Once you’re in classes, it’s a whole different ball game that doesn’t follow the rules of traditional education.

Law school isn’t about learning random facts like a history class or following specific equations like math. The law is about being able to take a rule and apply it to different facts. In fact, that’s all an exam is. But, that doesn’t mean it is easy for everyone to do and that everyone will approach it in the same manner.

There is no right or wrong way to “do” law school. Some people thrive on reading and writing information down, some people do very well with flashcards. It’s easy to feel inadequate when other students are talking about spending hours in the library reading and digesting cases or doing a million practice exams. However, the proof is in the pudding. Just because it takes hours for one person to get through cases, doesn’t mean it will for everyone. I had some classes that took me hours to understand and some, like civ pro, that I understood very quickly. Just because it took my neighbor forever to study civ pro didn’t mean I had to do the same thing.

It’s easy to get caught up in the competition of who studied for an exam more when you’re all sitting around terrified of doing poorly. In the end, it comes down to knowing yourself, how you study the best, and forgetting about what everyone else around you is doing. Find what works best for you and stick with it!


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