There are many qualities that make a great law student. Chances are, you already exhibit some of these (considering how hard it was to get into law school). The qualities of a great law student are the same qualities of a great lawyer. Honing in on these skills throughout law school will get you to graduation and ultimately prepare you for a successful legal career.
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You Are Dedicated
Attending law school is a serious commitment. It will affect your relationships, take up all of your time and change your day-to-day life. That’s why it’s important to stay dedicated. Law school is competitive. There will be students who will do anything they can to get ahead of you.
Remembering to stay dedicated no matter how hard, exhausting and boring it may get is an important part of law school success. Dedication and perseverance will help you stay ahead of the curve and ultimately affect your career as a lawyer.
You Have Excellent Communication Skills
Being a lawyer involves constant communication. Whether it’s oral, written or listening, you will be doing a lot of it. Your note-taking and outlining skills will be what get you through each year of law school — not to mention class papers and legal documents. Your public speaking skills will also be tested time and time again as a law student.
Building excellent communication and public speaking skills is an essential part of your success as a future lawyer. It’s also important to be able to write clearly and persuasively.
You Are Analytical
In law school, you will do a lot of reading. Having the ability to dilute that reading into manageable, digestible information will be integral throughout law school. But it’s not just about analyzing the reading. Being a lawyer relies heavily on analytics and logic.
You will be forced to look at a situation from every angle and you will be tasked with finding a realistic solution to that problem. As you go through each semester of law school, your analytical and logical skills will sharpen. Eventually preparing you to become an excellent problem solver.
You Know How to Manage Your Time
This is probably one of the most important items on this list. Once you start law school, your life will be inundated with reading assignments, outlines, you name it. Our best piece of advice is to do your best to create a solid routine.
You will most likely never feel like you have enough time to finish an assignment. It’s best you know this now. That’s why it’s important to prioritize each item on your To-Do list. Keep a planner, find your favorite study spot and stick to your routine.
You Are Creative
Creativity might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of law school, but think again. Being a good law student (and lawyer) means being a creative problem solver.
Going to law school will force you to think outside the box and look at every possible outcome to a difficult problem. Embrace your curiosity as a law student. It will help you stand out from your classmates and will highlight your strengths to your professors
Start 1L With the Tools & Knowledge Needed to Succeed
There are a lot of great things that come with being a law student, but the first year isn’t one of them. In fact, the first year is the hardest year of law school, and the most important.
First-year grades impact everything from academic honors to future career opportunities. That’s why we created Law Preview, the only course built to teach incoming law students the skills they need to conquer law school from day one.
Here’s what you’ll learn by taking a live or live stream course:
- An overview of core 1L material
- Proven exam taking strategies
- Note-taking and outlining best practices
- Academic success skills, and more
Learn how to become a top law student before day one with Law Preview.
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