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Why Most Students Think Law School is Hard (and How to Make it Easier)

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Patrick Isles (1 day ago)
So what's the RIGHT thing to study, why, and how
Pamela Guerra (4 days ago)
Is UC Davis Law a good school to have a good job at a firm?
jorge aldridge (13 days ago)
In other words be the child of a laywer
ä민천재 (14 days ago)
your humour is like mine. i’m happy.
TheStruggleUK (15 days ago)
As a law school graduate in the UK I'm finding this channel very interesting. I'm attempting to identify the similarities between our experiences and legal systems. I wish our constitution were codified as it would have made my constitutional law classes/paper tests much more straight forward ☺. The old joke here in UK law schools is that we dont have a legal constitution that can be identified. Great channel.
AUDITOR OF AUDITORS (16 days ago)
Question: why is it that a large majority of attorneys lack an iota of humility? Are these chickens before the eggs? Big firms or small, almost every one that I’ve met is not someone that I’d want to be around — and I’ve met a couple dozen over 20 years of my life.
Amedi A (17 days ago)
I am 17 and i really want to be come a lawyer one day bit am scare every one tell me you are rasting your time
Lucywon (19 days ago)
you have a perfect jawline. I know you know. Just sayin'.
Sheriz Tano (22 days ago)
If it's hard then maybe you should find another career. You would be much happier in a different occupation.
pramita jasuja (24 days ago)
Okay , I will perform my best in law school ...but after getting degree , will I get a good job (as an international student ?🤔🤔🤔🤔)
Owlex (29 days ago)
I'm not even interested in going to law school but these videos have been so interesting!
Lpthebest94 (1 month ago)
as a law student i was going to subscribe to you until i saw you put a person who was reading harry potter in the video as if she was reading law books 😁😁😁
Erik Lamela (1 month ago)
Life is this _ I like this -
reicirith (1 month ago)
Okay, that studying method is effective for EVERY subject. Don't just try to read everything and hope you retain it, study backwards and understand the strategy and what you NEED. Don't study hard, study smart. Seriously, it sounds cliche, but it's true; it'll save you a lot of head and heartache.
Gee Trieste (1 month ago)
Lack of feedback. Seems like a fundamental in learning anything. It would appear like a lack of feedback is something intentionally baked into the system.A trial by fire, that doesn't need to be there. If the goal is to actually teach the law and its application, then an easy feedback information source should be readily available to the students.If the goal is to 'toughen up' the students by putting artificially frustrating elements to learning the course materials, then yeah sure, deny the poor the students all kinds of crucial information, let them cry and stew in frustration because you haven't provided fundamental information needed to pass the tests, and just to learn.If I had a choice where learning the law was intentionally made easy and accessible, vs the 'tough love' sadistic approach of depriving students of information they need, just to make them work harder as some ancillary lesson, then I would definitely take the first choice. Take a pro se legal course, for example: www.HowToWinInCourt.com?refercode=TG0019 there you can see as clear a teaching method as it gets, since there is no hidden agenda of beating law students up just because they want to learn.
king james488 (1 month ago)
it's hard because you need a millionare daddy to fund it... you obviously had that.
LegalEagle (1 month ago)
I wish...
Rose Colon (2 months ago)
I am so happy that I found this channel! :')
Adventure King (2 months ago)
Can relate. When I did my Criminal law test there were 10 subjects we had to answer 3 questions. These 3 could be any of the 10. I studied 8 and guess which 3 showed up? Yup, 2 of the ones I did not study.
LegalEagle (2 months ago)
Why didn't you study the other subjects?
chaosawaits (2 months ago)
This is an amazing channel. I love it and I'm in med school! Some of it still applies and the rest is very entertaining.
Hiring someone based on school grades is not a good idea. Often you need people that are practical and can solve problems in creative ways. Grades normally don't measure that.
Olbohn (2 months ago)
This video is pretty spot on and I'm only halfway through. I just finished law school and its insane how it took me years to realize some of these things. Really wish I had discovered this channel during law school.
Claudia West (2 months ago)
can you please list me out type of lawyers because right now i'm so confused as to weather i should become a Criminal defense lawyer or not cause someone told me that Criminal defense lawyer is the hardest of them all...is it true tho?
Quantum (2 months ago)
I'm not sure where you're from (I'm guessing US?) so it's hard to give you an educated answer, especially because I'm not a lawyer yet. Still have to actually GO to law school first, but I currently work for a lawyer. I'm from Canada, which is mostly under the common law system (the US is as well). I wouldn't say one area of practice is "harder" than another per se, it's mostly just that some areas are more challenging than others for certain people, depending on personality types and work ethic. Criminal law is certainly challenging because you're either A) a defense lawyer who has to defend potentially guilty clients or B) a District Attorney/Crown Prosecutor who is a government employee, which obviously means a lot of responsibility and some political bullshit. In summary, I'd do a little bit of research into your jurisdiction.
B Jay (3 months ago)
As a law student I can confirm this. Practice tests shape the way your mind retains, also helps you to dissect info and your brain knows what is important and what is not. Truly the best way to study smart.
LegalEagle (2 months ago)
And yet so few do it.
لجين jojo (3 months ago)
what is a law school? is it after high school? and can I leave it if I found it hard? please answer
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
In the US, law school is how you become a lawyer. You can only go to law school after college.
Nataly Lopez (3 months ago)
How older you have to be to get in law school?
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
No age requirement. You just need a college degree.
Abhishek Soni (4 months ago)
Well said broo ❤❤❤❤
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Thanks!
Oriana De La Cruz (4 months ago)
IMPORTANT QUESTIONNNN!!!! WHAT DID YOU MAJOR ON? I have been doing some research about the major that will prepare me better for the LSAT, if you can help me with that, it would be amazing!
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
I majored in Poli Sci because I was really interested in it. It did not prepare me for the LSAT (no major prepares you for the LSAT; you should take an LSAT prep course).
kpop123com (4 months ago)
I currently just graduated high school , for the first two years of HS I new for a fact that I wanted to be a lawyer & I even gotten invited to some mock trials at stanford But due to financial resources I would always decline , upon realize how stressful it is to find a job after investing so much money into law school would actually make me I give up on it & resulted to get school, but upon doing some research I realized that the fact that less then 30 vet school exist in the world become even more stressful , that i ended up in a very tight situation. As a FFA member through High School i knew that i wanted to be in a agriculture field which is why i only applied two 2 schools , 1. berry college-private (#1 pre-vet school in Georgia). 2. ABAC-public (agriculture school ) - for Agribusiness... Knowing the fact that berry college is #1 in pre-vet with a 89% of students being admitted into vet school made it really hard for me on what I actually want . I love animals and agriculture. Lately I’ve been thinking that if I were to transfer to UGA for agribusiness (pre-law) , I could go into law . I know that I may be overly sharing right now , but o still have time to make a decision. I spoke to both admission counselor because I had some personal family problems going on at the time to make a commitment , and both agreed to give me until my birthday (june15) . With all of this being said , could you give a indecisive high school graduate some advice ? Some words of wisdom ? Email: [email protected]
Bryce Bonin (4 months ago)
“It’s not necessarily harder but just different” he must not know what getting a mechanical engineering degree is like
arhad 00 (4 months ago)
Legal eagle am considering to study law in northern Europe..i speak English.. am forced to do this because its expensive in America and the UK.. do you think it's worth it to study law in Europe?
Sbastian Brilyanto (2 months ago)
LegalEagle true but I would argue that the two law systems are not so different in this modern era, so, as long as you are able to make difference between the two, I think you’re good to go
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Can't really opine on most european law schools. In general, go to law school where you intend to practice.
Mohd Arham (4 months ago)
Dude you are awesome
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Ditto.
Matt smith (4 months ago)
This video taught us nothing.... just find how law school works, yeah thanks i was going to do that anyway
Matt smith (4 months ago)
LegalEagle Sorry i'm coming from Pre-Med so it's kinda different, and some would say much harder
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
You'd be surprised at how most people approach law school. Most accept the standard wisdom without thinking. Most assume the same study habits from college will apply. Most focus on class and ignore finals. It takes a huge mental shift to do well in law school. And it's not obvious or easy.
Orlando Serpa (5 months ago)
Hi, i'm a law student in brazil, and i'm so inspired by this video, i just wanted to know, is there a difference between lawschool and college in the US?
Orlando Serpa (5 months ago)
Liam Collins yeah, I tought that the Common law had something to do with It because of the amount of cases people has to study whereas in civil law you have the handy 'one book' with all the law of the country and not often You would search for a court decision which makes It less time consuming
Liam Collins (5 months ago)
That's how common law countries do it, I'm not fully sure how civil law countries do it, but from what I do know, most of them seem to do undergrad courses. I'm not sure why the US and others have decided to switch to the JD, they used to use the LLB as well.
Orlando Serpa (5 months ago)
Liam Collins thanks, now I know better! We use LLB here as well. Glad to know more !
Liam Collins (5 months ago)
Certain countries, like the US, Canada, and increasingly Australia, use the postgrad JD. Other countries, like the UK, and New Zealand (where I study), and Australia (but not so much these days), historically use the undergrad LLB. For countries that use the JD, you do an undergrad degree, then law, so it takes 6-7 years. For countries where the LLB is studied, you can do law straight out of high school. Here in NZ, its a 4 year degree. First year includes papers from other degrees to broaden your knowledge, and most students do conjoint degrees, which take 5 years.
Orlando Serpa (5 months ago)
LegalEagle i see, does the fact that you use Common law affects that ? Here law School is a normal 5 years course but to become a lawyer You have to pass the OAB exam, i reckon becaus we use civil law, Just wanted to know more about, Thanks for the answer
Lorenzo Caldwell (5 months ago)
Good channel and topics
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Thanks, and thanks for watching!
Candice Greene (5 months ago)
You're a great speaker!
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Aww, thanks!
adelatuna (5 months ago)
i just got invited to attend an event held in Washington DC for a NYLF group for law and CSI (George Mason University), i’m not too social but i am with others i know. I’d like to get into it but then again I’d have to drop my big passion and talent for drawing but I don’t mind ditching that for a good life and future. I’m thinking of taking it seriously, applying for college credit and buying a set of books on leadership. I’m a sixteen year old sophomore female, should I?
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Cool. Get out there and be social! Way too early to start thinking about law school or giving up your passion. Hone your talent as a leader and artist at the same time. They're not mutually exclusive.
Paul Fu (5 months ago)
Can you also do a lecture videos of the topics in law?? I appreciate the advice but it would be great if you could also do some lecture videos.
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Interesting idea!
Anon Zero (5 months ago)
*Law School--isn't hard for those who have the intelligence and talent.*
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
You're suggesting that the law students who struggle aren't intelligent and talented? Not a chance. Law school is graded on a curve. At the top law schools, every student got A's their entire life. But because its graded on a curve, half those students will get below average scores. It's not a matter of "intelligence and talent." But by the same token, any one of those students could ace their exams with the right strategies.
topumasum (5 months ago)
Law school Is Not Hard! It's just harder to find jobs after paying so much for the degree.
Isa Rocha (1 month ago)
Neither did I
minxminexp (4 months ago)
You do not have have to pay for a degree
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Many would disagree...
Edwin (5 months ago)
I’m pretty sure med. school is a lot harder.
Claudia West (2 months ago)
Sorin Goga *goosebumps!* FACTS. 💯💯
Sorin Goga (5 months ago)
It is harder, for sure, at least for having more semesters, more study material and the perspective of having the responsibility of a human being's life in your hands. Wait... The last one it's a common fact for both of the future careers in field. Aaand let's think out of the box: One goes to the doctor HOPING to get help and get well. The same person goes to the lawyer EXPECTING him to help and solve the issue. One goes into surgery HOPING the surgeon is well prepared, is having a good enough experience in order to perform a successful operation. The same person is going to court EXPECTING the judge to be well prepared, smart and wise enough to find the truth and make a fair and equitable decision in accordance to the law and common sense. Now, wich one of the two professionals will actually do have more responsibility regarding a person's life? Looking at the average individual working as a medical doctor or as a lawyer, I'd say still the lawyer has a more difficult profession because, in order to "survive", he has to be successful or efficient for his client, as for the medical doctor/physician, he can fail a patient and blame the flash and bones...At least this is the reality in my country... Looking at the comparison of the top of the two professionals, the judge and the surgeon, my choice is for the judge because a surgeon does his best to succeed and waits for the body to respond, but the judge, in theory, has no room for mistake, he is presumed to be an impartial decision-maker and perfect in the pursuit of justice. The point is the law school isn't an easy race. If anything complex and vast seems to be an easy job, there's something going wrong! :)
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Not going to argue with that...
Mohammad Milhem (6 months ago)
Loved this video, I am subscribed sir. Would you please publish more videos on strategies? As meticulous and minute as possible.
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Working on it!
john paul (6 months ago)
So what are the strategies?
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
That's what this channel is all about! If you want to skip the line and get everything at once, check out our masterclass: https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass
Stella Munoz (6 months ago)
Thank you for portraying this career not as intimidated as I thought. I am fascinated about how the Law works and the ways it shapes itself. I am currently enrolled to get a AAS Paralegal Studies. I do not feel completely confident to enter this field because the language barrier, but at the same time it makes me work harder to get better and higher grades so I don't get kick out of the program. In addition the extent vocabulary and terminology I am being introduce to, scares me and this makes my learning more challenging. Thank you so much for your advice. you got a subscriber here . xoxo
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Thanks for watching! Like anything you get used to the vocabulary over time. It will become second nature soon!
Setare Solati (7 months ago)
You kinda sound like Justin Trudeau :P
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
I'll take that as a compliment!
Reshma Singh (7 months ago)
Thanku sir
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
My pleasure.
Omar Yahya (7 months ago)
as if now I'm doing pre-law and I'm wondering if I attended law school in your thoughts what would be a good type of lawyer graduating from law school plus do you basically need to know about everything in law or specialize in one category such as criminal or real estate law to focus on that aspect what are your perspectives thank you!
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
My philosophy is that you should be 100% certain that you want to become a lawyer before you go to law school. However, you don't need to decide which kind of lawyer you want to be. It does help though. You start interviewing for jobs at the beginning of your second year; it's hard to know which firms to interview with if you don't know what kind of law you want to practice.
Maddigan (8 months ago)
I've been debating going to law school for quite some time now (Business Undergrad currently) - This has convinced me to buy the LSAT Books and giving it a shot! This video is VERY well done.
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
There is no way to avoid proper preparation for the LSAT. The classes are expensive, but they are worth it if you are sure you want to be a lawyer. And if you're not sure about it, I wouldn't do it.
Amgad Deng (8 months ago)
I'm attending law school in Australia, do some of your techniques and skills still relate to my situation.
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
Most of them do. We've had several Australians go through our courses with great results.
Amgad Deng (8 months ago)
LegalEagle , since you are based in the US, do your videos still relate to Australia?
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
Glad to hear it. Glad to get the validation from down under!
Shawn Afshar (8 months ago)
Still think it’s worth it to attend ? Live in California field is saturated tuition keeps on going up
J (5 months ago)
Don’t go to Law school in California unless it’s Stanford, UCLA, USC, Cal and maybe UC Irvine. The rest are scams for the most part
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
Whether it's worth it, is always an individual decision. I'm a California attorney; and it's true, there are a lot of attorneys in California. For me, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer no matter what. So I would do it again, if I had to.
Øl Christian (8 months ago)
Can an introvert who's interested in law but has no social skills and no public speaking skills become a good lawyer ?
Heather Helsel (1 month ago)
Totally me. I suck with social skills and public speaking. You just need to find out what works for you and the area of law you love. In my 3L year I'm now practicing my litigation and social skills to get more comfortable and going into an area of law that isn't so litigation heavy. If it is your passion just do it.
Gee Trieste (1 month ago)
If he has a good mastery of the law, he would do well as an appellate lawyer. You don't really have to interact much with anyone, you just need to form a good analysis of the defects of the trial court proceedings, draft a good legal argument as to why it should be reversed, back up everything you say with legal precedent, and do a lot of formatting and reference tabulating. It is the introvert's dream job.
Ned Barks (2 months ago)
It can be learned. Or improv. Or whatever makes you training speaking in fron of people when you get the oppotunity. try to get someone to listen and practice speech. I am no expert, but there are many methods as long as you get to do something with people that is hopefully fun for you. And if you have negative habits, just work on them bit by bit. And if you are at the university just have fun too. Introvert just means you need your time alone. As far as i get Lawyer is an office job with lots of alone time. Acting confident can be learned. Everyone professional does it. Or go out of your comfort zone and sing karaoke, or do something foolish with a friends, embarass yourself. The worst thing about it is the fear. If you are the same thoughful person, but got over your fear the speak out loud, You rule. But i am no laywer. Just thoughts. Good luck.
Raymond Socrates (2 months ago)
Øl Christian ofcos yes because all the activities of law school say mooting en several others can help to train someone on speaking skills..
Zeneida (3 months ago)
Øl Christian that is a really good question
Felecia Woolens (9 months ago)
Awesome vid. My best advice so far is to 1. make a weekly schedule and 2. stick to it/stay organized. I could not imagine retaining and applying dense material AND keeping a mental photocopy of what needs to be done and when. Every semester should be a pathway to improving this method.
LegalEagle (9 months ago)
Very true. But the rub is that you have to get it right from the first semester on. Students can't assume that what worked in undergrad will work in law school -- it won't.
Slim_ Adri (9 months ago)
I'm going to do law, but I don't have a love for it so I've resigned myself to crying and depression for 5 years
PK (6 months ago)
Don't do something that you don't love pursue a career where it inspires you to do better
Miss lil_Sunshine (10 months ago)
Lol 100% Stressful but no matter wht happns if law is ur passion it will keep u gng..#storyofmylife😂...though lack of feedback does drive me insane..
LegalEagle (10 months ago)
It's the worst part of law school. But there are ways to create feedback and get a real advantage over your peers.
perlanunez407 (10 months ago)
Awesome advice and guidance! Thank you!
LegalEagle (10 months ago)
You're very welcome!
Dolores Nazario (10 months ago)
Love your channel!!
LegalEagle (10 months ago)
Thanks!
Arwa Abb (11 months ago)
what are the strategies though!!
Arwa Abb (11 months ago)
Thank youu
LegalEagle (11 months ago)
More videos on that coming soon! If you don't want to wait, you can check out our intensive video masterclass at https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass
Sitezmusicpro (1 year ago)
Dude, you are so deep in this topic... Subscribed!
Nnamdi Uyalor,Jr (2 months ago)
James: One of the best ways to make law school easier is to become very good at multiple choice questions.
LegalEagle (11 months ago)
Much appreciated. We'll keep them coming!
yellow468 (1 year ago)
Another youtuber, went to Yale, said that your law school matters and if you can't get into a top 14 then your out of luck. Do you agree?
daniel (14 days ago)
What a douche. He omitted that he transferred to Upenn from St. Louis University. "Michael lived throughout the United States while growing up but ultimately attended high school in St. Louis, Missouri. Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with a major in Political Science."
Steve Haas (6 months ago)
Not everyone got the Yale/Harvard Memo. http://avenatti.com/bio/
William Han (8 months ago)
Does top 14 matter? Yes. If you want to work for a top law firm that is located in a major city. Also, if you care about the "Cravath Scale (associate salary scale)" then you must work for a top law firm. If you plan to practice at a regional firm or go solo, then attend a law school that will give you the most scholarship money and graduate top of the class. Regardless of where you attend law school, be sure to work hard and network.
Matt Skelton (8 months ago)
LegalEagle what about going to the hometown school since it is cheap and living at home, then working at local firms to build your resume for top jobs.
LegalEagle (1 year ago)
It all depends on what you are trying to achieve. There is no doubt that attending a top law school will greatly increase your chances of getting a big firm job. It's not impossible to get the prestigious firm jobs and clerkships without a tier-1 law school, just more difficult. But sometimes being at the top your class at a region law school will trump being in the middle of the pack at a top law school. Your law school matters, but there are often different ways of achieving the same result.

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