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What I'd Do Differently in Law School (If I Did It Again)

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Get our Checklist for Crushing Finals (FREE): https://www.legaleagleprep.com/finals If only I had known then what I know now! Law school can be like an echo chamber where you simply follow what everyone else is doing because everyone else is doing it. But there is so much I would have done differently if I had to do it all over again. Learn from my mistakes: - Spend less time preparing for class and being cold-called - Spend more time preparing for finals - Learn how to write law school essay exams earlier - Take practice tests! - Live close to campus if you are a full time law student - Trust the professor less when they are confusing =================================================== If you want to learn to THINK LIKE A LAWYER and ACE YOUR NEXT EXAM, check out our LAW SCHOOL MASTER CLASS at https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass =================================================== ★ Got law school questions? Ask in the comments! ★ Say hi on Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleagleprep ★ Tweet at us on Twitter @LegalEagleDJ
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LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Got law school questions? Ask in the comments!
JamesDom (2 days ago)
Yo that campus walk is serious
George Stoica (2 days ago)
I have no professional interest or experience in law but your channel is very informative in a very interesting way, thanks for the videos!
Anne Reilley (6 days ago)
You got all A's and got into a top firm. It might be a bad idea to do anything differently. Maybe that time you spent commuting gave you time alone to mentally prepare for class and being closer would mean less time to prepare. Maybe the things you did to prepare for class helped your overall understanding of how things worked. What better outcome could you have than what you earned the way you did it?
brandchan (14 days ago)
Commuting to school can be okay if you can take public transport. I did a 45-minute train ride each way when I was in college. But I could get a lot done on the train (also naps).
face mcpoop pants (19 days ago)
Good idea for commuters, record yourself going over your outlines and listen to it on the way to class
Ansley Moore (22 days ago)
Pro-tip: If you’re in a situation where you HAVE to drive to school, try to find a way to listen to lectures/reading while you’re commuting, that way you don’t completely waste your time.
Lisa William (24 days ago)
totally agree with this video
Russell Dean Harris (1 month ago)
I think I'm going to kill law school final exams. Out of everything that I'm good at in law, its "issue spotting" as you put it. I love legal writing. It's literally my favorite part of law.
LegalEagle (1 month ago)
Preach.
Oliver S (1 month ago)
I like how this video is casual from you rubbing your eye lol
Oliver S (1 month ago)
What I'd done differently? Don't go!
M Kiwi (11 days ago)
never too late... even if your 44?? I started law school at 40. if I was to start training to be a helicoptor pilot now id be 48 by the time im done... Oh well... guess its not all bad being a lawyer ... although if I could turn back time...🚁✈🚁
Oliver S (12 days ago)
It's never too late. I know pilots that have law degrees
M Kiwi (13 days ago)
Oliver S same. my choices were law or pilot... now that im almost done with law school I wish I chose pilot!!
Sam (2 months ago)
2 words: public transportation. If that is an option, use it. Even if it takes longer, you can study on your commute that way. I got a lot of studying done that way.
Agape Love (2 months ago)
4:30
Haß Ezati (2 months ago)
Hi LegalEagle, can you please do a video on how to answer short questions in exams, mainly on civil procedure and legal foundations? Thanks!
Gregory Buzdyk (2 months ago)
8:39 this is in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Near railway station to Moscow and the most popular mall "Galeria". Best place to eat bad shawarma and buy shitty to ok clothes.
kabalder (2 months ago)
*cough* The Socratic method, teaching through dialogue, is not for the benefit of the teacher, no XD You must have had some pretty horrible professors.
Andrew Farrell (2 months ago)
I think the socratic method works okay if it is a genuine 1:1 dialogue. But you cannot do that in a room of 50 students.
kabalder (2 months ago)
:) I will admit that this is an entirely valid argument. That there will be a lot of situations where a teacher will misjudge the level of the student, and their ability to reason on the spot. As well as that the teacher not be dynamic enough to adjust to the student's angle on the issue, or simply be very narrow-minded when it comes to a specific approach. And you're absolutely right that in fundamental courses, there aren't that many alternative approaches; issues that you review are already settled. So if you run into a professor who tries to vainly lead you on to chains of reasoning you can't really have a chance to figure out, or they're unable to brief you on anything without cutting your knees off and making you look stupid -- then of course that's not going to help in any way at all. I am also going to add that I've only really met one single teacher who ever managed to teach effectively through dialogue - and he was a genius, and this was in philosophy, not law. But it was in introduction courses that I saw that the first time, and it inspired me a great deal. And it just pains me so much when someone says that it shouldn't be an ideal, to achieve that. You know, talking and discussing with the professor, and challenging yourself as well as the teacher - really testing and using the knowledge you have, as well as being able to follow chains of reasoning inside specific frameworks, following the argument as it emerges. It's invaluable when it actually works, and the teacher has put in enough effort to lead it. ;) Which, admittedly isn't very often, I'll give you that.
LegalEagle (2 months ago)
It's not for the benefit of students. The socratic method has been shown to be a terrible pedagogical tool. People essentially shut down and fail to learn or remember the information when they are on the hot seat. It should be banished from law schools.
FishAntsPlantsAndDave (2 months ago)
The tip about living close(r) to campus is kind of crap. Sure, it makes sense in theory, like "don't live an hour away from campus," that's common sense, but in reality, MOST people aren't going to law school at a huge California school where it takes 45 minutes to walk from one end of campus to the other. Nor are they going to school in a city so large that it takes an hour to drive to campus from their home. I personally live off campus where I spend 6k less per year than it would cost to live on campus and I can still get from my apartment to my seat in class in 20 minutes. That's with driving to campus during rush hour and then parking and walking to the building. The people who do live on campus can get there via walking in 10. Really not worth spending 6k extra each year to save yourself 20 minutes a day. It is a rare occurrence for the situation you described to actually happen to most law students.
maddog76 (2 months ago)
The #1 thing I'd done differently is......... not go!
Jessica Clark (3 months ago)
What exactly is the difference between preparing for class and preparing for finals? I know that in order to prepare for class, you have to brief cases and you stress not spending too much time on that. But then what is the information you put into your outlines based on? Don't you have to read the cases in order to understand what is going on and to write your outline? By the way, I will be starting law school in August and I really appreciate your videos!
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
Yes, you should read your cases. See the video on the "Flipped Case Method". Your outline should consist of tools that you can use on an issue spotter. Very little of what you discuss in class will actually help with that.
melgroves (3 months ago)
Commuting made easy. I commute once in the morning and once in the evening. I record the teacher talking our campus allows it then hook my recorder to my music player in my car. I also record me talking about the test while I drive to the test as well. Makes the most of the drive.
Mister Mister (1 month ago)
TheLadynecromancer I was literally about to post everything you just said. Thanks for saving me the time. 😉
Cheng Vang (2 months ago)
Lower division and GE courses test facts. You can memorize facts. Upper division (at least in the sciences), test concepts. You can't memorize concepts. I learned that the hard way when I tried pulling the "listen to the entire lecture again" strategy ... which worked so well in my lower division science courses. Nope. There is virtually no benefit for a science major to listen to the lecture TWICE. The one thing he says in this video is very true though, your professors have idiosyncrasies that you can pick up on. For example in Biology you will most likely have an 'Organismal Biologist' teaching you an upper division Evolution course. What I've noticed is that if you go to class and look at their backgrounds, their test questions lean towards it. So when you get a class called "Evolutionary Biology" being taught by a Parasitologist .... yeah, lots of parasite questions on the tests.
Cecile Caballero (4 months ago)
Hello sir, i find your videos very helpful😊
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Thanks for watching.
vanessawilliamstnt (4 months ago)
i once commuted 2 hours a day to school...it was the worst. waking up early and getting home late. driving took a chunk out of studying
melgroves (3 months ago)
Record the lectures and play it while you drive and record you talking about important things especially when you have a test
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Ugh, that is the worst.
Johnny Arellano (4 months ago)
3:45 what I'm confused? So they don't teach you how to write a law school essay but yet they assigned them to you ? Please clarify/elaborate on that statement please
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Final exams in law school are "issue spotting essays" which require application of the law and thinking like a lawyer. Law schools don't teach that.
Oilut (5 months ago)
9:16 ¿What would you say is a good way to teach the law?
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
I'm not as up on theoretical pedagogy as I used to be, but professors could start by teaching the black letter law (which, contrary to what it seems in law school) is largely settled in the 1L classes. They could also teach how to answer law school finals other than just saying "use IRAC" -- but they don't.
Nada Mustafa (6 months ago)
I love the bloopers hahhahhahahha
Dani Gaming (6 months ago)
Your videos are Veery helpful thanks soo much you are the best youtuber lawyer and i think one of the best lawyers!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Aww thanks!
felix da cat wit da mac (6 months ago)
Im a guy and you make me want to be a lawyer handsome, successful, smart. But i will be a freshman in college next year and I was wondering what would be a good major and is it true the harder you work the more money you make in law?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Law schools don't care about your major. Do something that you love and get good grades in it. I can't make a general statement about all lawyers. But I can tell you that every bigfirm attorney i've ever met (myself included) worked very hard. Generally the big firms reward hard work accordingly.
Otto von Bismarck (6 months ago)
Hello LegalEagle, I live in the state of Texas and I would like to thank you for your videos. I've first chose law as the profession I want to go into when I was around 13-14. I haven't chosen a specific college I want to attend yet for Law School, but I do know what I want to study, that being Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. What colleges do you recommend, should I study both practices at once or should I focus on only one, and how much should I expect to pay for attending Law School, and how long would you estimate for it to be paid off completely?
Andrew Farrell (2 months ago)
@Otto von Bismark in addition to studying the major you are most interested in (history, presumably), also study the art of operating your brain well. Check out Thomas Frank’s channel or the CollegeInfoGeek podcast as well as the free short online course Learning how to Learn.
bjhale (2 months ago)
Otto von Bismarck in your first year of law school, you will have little to no choice in classes. For me, I had one elective my second semester and that was it. Criminal law and constitutional law will be included among those courses. If you want more depth in those topics, there are usually electives you can take during your second and third year. But I would focus less on the type of law you want to study than on the kind of lawyer you want to be. And if you don't want to be a lawyer, you probably shouldn't go to law school.
Otto von Bismarck (6 months ago)
@LegalEagle- I'll keep that in mind. However I would like to get a general synopsis on what I should expect, at the very least what sources or programs would you recommend for study in the particular fields Criminal and Constitutional Law respectively?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
It's way too early to be thinking about law school. Get into a good college (there is no college that is good for law school). Study something that you really enjoy (law schools don't care about your major). And get good grades. Law schools will care about your grades and your LSAT score. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the process.
vicnicandlipstick (6 months ago)
Where is the case method link? Thanks! Such informative videos! Got accepted recently and will be starting in June!
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Ah crap. That will be the next video! Check back next week.
abercrombie fitch (6 months ago)
Which law school were you in brother?
Marlon Moncrieffe (16 days ago)
+LegalEagle Ah, UCLA is supposed to be great for entertainment law, which is what I want to do!
Seth Labadie (16 days ago)
LegalEagle #8Clap!
niels van blitterswijk (1 month ago)
+LegalEagle you are Brown?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
I am a proud UCLA Bruin!
Pelumi Azeez (6 months ago)
What is a full time law student
Pelumi Azeez (6 months ago)
Thank you
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
As opposed to a "part-time law student." There are a few law school programs that operate at night while you work a full time job.
Pelumi Azeez (6 months ago)
Wow over ten years
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
I know, I'm an old man. BUT HEED THE WARNINGS OF THIS GRIZZLED OLD TRIAL DOG. SAVE THE CHEERLEADER!

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