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5 TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS PLANNING FOR LAW SCHOOL

okay so in this video I just wanted to

talk about some tips for college

students in undergrad who are planning

on going to law school or even just

considering going to law school just

some things that you can do as an

undergraduate student that'll make your

law school application process and your

first year of law school a lot easier so

yeah we will dive in I've got five tips

and quick little disclaimer I'm not an

expert or anything I am literally just a

girl who was in her second year of law

school and just sharing things that I

have learned along the way some of these

tips I feel like I did and they worked

for me others I wish I had done okay so

my first tip is to clean up your writing

so what I mean by that is just get rid

of typos grammatical errors misspellings

stop forgetting words proofread

everything more times than you already

do and I just say that because in law

school and in the legal profession all

of those things matter a lot more than

they do anywhere else and if you can

already sort of train your eyes and your

brain to read things really thoroughly

for stuff like that you're doing

yourself such a huge service for law

school you'll have such a leg up in your

legal writing classes because if you

think about your audience's mindset the

minute they read a typo or a grammatical

error especially if it's a judge or

something once you're a lawyer you have

lost so much credibility that you had

when you started writing the minute they

see an error you know so and the same

goes for your professors they will think

you know they're reading it and all of a

sudden a paper that was great it's like

thank you they obviously didn't care

that much there's a typo just don't do

it so become a stickler about that in

undergrad because then you'll just build

habits that you won't even really have

to think about it that hard of course

you'll have to proofread a lot in law

school but you won't be like refreshing

your memory on grammar rules things like

that and when you're an undergrad the

ways to do that would just simply be in

your papers and things you have to write

obviously proofread them and start to

make sure that they're perfect and I do

mean perfect you know and start to

proofread your emails your text messages

like things that may not matter just get

really make it regular that

writing is flawless legal writing is old

another skillset to learn so it lets not

have to relearn grammar and spelling

while we're at it so my second tip is to

know and really understand your personal

process for different things so that's

note-taking studying test taking things

like that because while law school is a

different setting and the material

you're learning like is really different

than stuff you would have learned as an

undergrad you're not gonna be that

different of a student so for

note-taking as an undergrad figure out

how you like to best take notes do you

like OneNote Microsoft Word to take

notes by hand I personally take notes by

hand unless the professor talks too fast

then I will type them I just use word

but I've known that since undergrad and

I tried out different methods and

realize that I process information and

like digest it a lot better if I write

it down by hand but I learned that as an

undergrad and carried it right into law

school unless the professor talks too

fast then I have to have to take notes

on my computer that's something I

learned to figure out like what kind of

a note-taker you are test taking know if

you're someone that gets test anxiety

how do you handle that are the things

you like to do day of you know caffeine

how does that affect your test taking

things like that just get your processes

really in order because it's not gonna

be that different in law school so you

and you have all of undergrad to figure

out what works for you come to law

school putting your best foot forward

doing what works for you because you

already know that okay my third tip if

you are a college student and you're

planning on going to law school is just

to start talking to people who are

either in law school have been if you

have any law ish classes talk to those

professors that'll be super helpful for

a couple of reasons

you will need letters of recommendation

when you apply for law school talk to

your professors talk to lawyers around

the area your recommenders don't have to

come from professors I don't think it's

been a while since I've applied but so

it could come from just like a lawyer

or someone in the field but just start

talking to people and tell them that

that's something you're considering on

going to law school yet you're just

considering it tell people that they can

so help you make the decision apply do

all the right things I don't know I just

found that the more people I told I

wanted to go to

school the more doors just kind of

opened up for me because people were so

willing to help but tell me about their

experience and things like that so I

don't know talk to your professors talk

to people in your community it'll help

with rec letters it'll help you plan

your law school experience and who knows

it might even open a career opportunity

down the line so don't be secretive

about your law school plans my fourth

tip is to consider taking some time off

between undergrad and law school

this is totally personal to use I'm not

even advocating taking time off or not

I'm just saying recognize that both are

pretty valid choices and I don't think

depending on your circumstances if you

do have the choice it is a choice you

know I took two years off between

undergrad in law school and I was just

working like different jobs and while I

don't think that I learned anything like

directly related to law school I wasn't

working at a law firm or anything I did

grow up a lot I think the years you're

like first few years out of college you

do grow up a lot so I do feel like I was

more mature by the time I started law

school that probably sounds dumb and I'm

still not that mature but I took two

years off and I thought it was really

beneficial

I have classmates you went straight

through and are super big advocates of

that and this is very personal your

circumstances might mandate that you

take time off or that you don't it just

depends all I'm saying is that you have

the option consider it because I think

there's pluses and minuses on both sides

depending on your situation and it's

worth you know a quick pro/con list

about doing it I also think there's

something to be said depending on your

undergrad experience I also think

there's something to be said about

burnout like I know for me I had just

gone because I had two majors and a

minor as an undergrad I was in school

winter term summer terms like I was

always in school at least in online

classes so I hadn't really had a break

ever from school so I was really burnt

out and so I do think there's something

to be said about sort of recharging and

sort of reinvigorating maybe your love

for school if that is something that can

cuz that's something that can get lost

in undergrad and I needed two years to

like remember that I liked school was

excited to go to law school things like

that okay and then my fifth and final

tip is to

it's funny but like relearn how to read

and what I mean by that is that reading

in law school in my experience is very

different than reading in undergrad

because just getting like the bottom

line while that may still be the goal in

a lot of the things you're reading in

law school you will need to understand

it's so much more deeply and just

reteach yourself how to read things

thoroughly

I feel like an undergrad you just get so

used to like you have so much work you

need to fire off assignments you read

something quickly get the gist and

honestly like in the law practice that's

probably what a lot of lawyers are doing

too but in law school you know you might

be cold-called about like and what was

the second cousin's name in this case

you're like I don't know I didn't read

it that closely so learn to read it that

closely because it'll help you in law

school and it really does like when

you're reading something like a Supreme

Court opinion or something it's the

supreme every line there writing matters

you know so you really want to reteach

yourself to read closely and take it

from me who I feel like I did not do a

great job of that and so my first

semester at Law School was like kind of

jarring because I read something go to

class and be like oh I don't know I

don't know the answer to that question I

didn't have any embarrassing like cold

calls or anything necessarily but I

quickly learned when I got there like

okay there's reading and then there's

reading so the latter being what we want

to go for in law school so if you can

teach yourself or someone like reteach

yourself how to do that in undergrad

just whether that's books for pleasure

or reading you have to do for undergrad

just teach yourself to read it closely

it kind of goes back to what I was

saying my first tip about your writing

build those habits now so that you don't

have to think about them later on and

reading means that second option already

I don't know learn to read okay so those

are my five tips if you were in college

and planning on going to law school just

sort of some habits to put in place

before you go to law school and again

I'm not an expert I am just a girl most

so thanks for watching and I will see

you guys my next video

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