Legal Affairs: Seven Law School Survival Tips

Mar 28, 2013 by University Communications

Legal StudyThe study of law is not easy, to say the least. In fact, many attorneys will tell you that their law school experience was the most intellectually challenging time of their lives. Truth be told, the challenges are more than intellectual: you may occasionally find yourself stretched to your limit emotionally, as well. And, with long hours of study and more than a little stress, it can even take a physical toll.

Don't get me wrong. For all its rigor, law school also is an exciting time. The material is often as stimulating and fascinating as it is challenging, and there will be fewer moments more rewarding than when you are awarded your diploma at graduation. And remember: nothing worth achieving comes easy.

To help you through the rough patches and to keep you focused and engaged in the experience with your eyes on the ultimate prize, I offer you this admittedly eclectic collection of recommendations and tips:

  • Make peace with past negative educational experiences and attack your legal education with a renewed focus and determination.
  • Make time for people you care about and share some of your educational experiences with them. You never know when they might give you a much-needed fresh perspective—or perhaps you will motivate them to reach for more in their lives.
  • You are the only one who can make the goal of completing your legal education come true; therefore, re-think ways to get around obstacles to your success instead of blaming them or using them as excuses for giving up.
  • You will not win every debate with your faculty mentors, but you will learn from them, if you choose to.
  • Eat foods that grow naturally. As best you can, cut out processed foods so you can have the stamina to put in the time reading case law and trying to figure out issues, rules, laws, and court judgments.
  • Drink lots and lots of water. After all, the brain you are using to study is made up, in large part, of water, and hydration is absolutely essential to optimal brain function.
  • And don't forget the essentials: laugh more, exercise more, sleep more and pray more.  You are important. Taking care of yourself is all part of getting an education at California Southern University.



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