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How I Learned to Succeed at a Top Law School

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Getting into law school is only half the battle. This is my story of how I learned to succeed in law school in the face of stiff competition, crazy professors, and endless work. Law school is incredibly intimidating. When you arrive you are surrounded by the highest concentration of the smartest people you’ll ever meet. It’s very different from college where many people are just skating by. In law school, everyone is giving 100% and going 100 miles per hour. Law school is graded on a curve. Which means that professors can only give out a few A’s per class, no matter how well everyone does on the exams. Generally only the top 5% get A’s and another 5-10% get A minuses. You’re not competing against the professor’s exam, you are competing against your fellow classmates. I realized pretty quickly that I couldn’t out work my classmates. I also couldn’t “out think” them in the sense of just being smarter. I was going to have to find an edge. So I started to study law school itself. I learned all the tricks. I learned to focus on what matters and remove all the extraneous stuff. So much of law school is wasted on focusing on crap that doesn’t matter. I learned to work smarter rather than harder. In the end, my strategic thinking paid off. Watch the video until the end to find out how. If you’re interested in learning the system that I created (one that is guaranteed to get you better grades in law school) you can check out the link below. In my spare time, I teach current law students how to kick ass in law school. I’m not special. I just systematized a better way. And you can get that system. Learn from my mistakes and triumphs. ======================================================== Get our Ultimate Pre-Law Checklist (FREE) here ➜ https://www.legaleagleprep.com/prelaw Learn learn how to get ready for law school, the 5 things you must do the summer before law school, and more . . . ======================================================== ★ 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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Queen Nef (1 day ago)
Really appreciate all this golden information you’re sharing with us. Anyway you can mention obstacles for those who want to go to law school but have a criminal record? On my last year of my undergrad and hoping to pursue law but want to be prepared of the challenges I’ll face having a record. Thank you 💕
Apple Pear (9 days ago)
How many classes did you take a semester in law school?
Apple Pear (9 days ago)
I mean throughout all of law school
Slaate Plays (14 days ago)
OBJECTION! 4:35 *studies
David Lin (15 days ago)
Are these applicable to all law schools?
FMAN (1 month ago)
“Surrounded by the smartest people you’ll ever meet.” Since when does memorization equate to being smart?
Adrian Sierra (1 month ago)
Nice Seamaster ;)
sup (1 month ago)
Do you surf
F L A T L A N D (1 month ago)
the new language, is that legalese??
Nathan (1 month ago)
Do you have any opinions on Medical Law? I'm thinking of specialising in that field.
qdllc (1 month ago)
I found the best shot at getting an A was to study the professor as much as you study the material. Knowing how the professor looks at exam answers helps you to ensure your answers contain what they are looking for.
qdllc (1 month ago)
Objection: If your exam is being graded on a curve, you’re being cheated. Exams should be point based. If you address the points in your answer, you should get the points and whatever grade it adds up to. I knew a guy who got his exam grade bumped up to an A by pulling the A example put on review and showing the professor how his answers hit all the same points.
Lou Alvaro (2 months ago)
I'm so happy I found this channel, I was a pre-nursing student prior to changing to pre-law and the program I'm in now has a strong focus on issue spotting and legal writing, I'm so happy I made the decision to switch majors, your videos really help to back that up.
Crux161 (2 months ago)
I certainly felt like a gunner in my computer science classes. Eventually I stopped raising my hand because it seemed like I was the only one who actually knew the answers. I’d find myself being asked to help other students with questions, and then I’d find myself showing them how to use the documentation to actually find the answer to their problem. I always felt like a simple google search could have fixed things, but people are often too lazy to do even that these days.
Sam (2 months ago)
Kye Rafferty (2 months ago)
A whole nother huh? Haha that phrase cracks me up.
Eric Leftwich (2 months ago)
My in-class professors are amazing and I am learning so much simply because of their modesty and willingness to be patient and clarify a talking point if you don't understand it. It keeps the class less tense and they are constantly stressing the point of asking questions if you need clarification. Then again I am in a lower-end community college/technical school, in my pre-requisite classes before my actual degree program, but I am definitely learning a lot. One of my best moments this year has been getting 100%'s on my first lab and lecture exam in Human Anatomy. Definitely makes you feel good when you accomplish something^^
SimAVlogs (2 months ago)
I am studying in UK. I’m at the LPC stage. I honestly felt the same in my first month which is something I have not ever felt before. I really appreciate this video 👍🏽 Hopefully it helps
Charley Ward (2 months ago)
Id love to see you talk about Sovereign Citizen "pseudo-law" tactics.
coolguyjoe99 (2 months ago)
I'm taking the Bar in May 2019 - and I haven't been to Law School. Thanks to the Apprenticeship laws, I've done my seven years of gathering evidence, building cases, writing decision drafts, briefs, subpoenas etc.
Jemma Hall (2 months ago)
how do you have so few subscribers?
Jemma Hall (2 months ago)
i can identify gunners already. i know who's not gonna get far
Prick & Akey (2 months ago)
The Childfree Curly Girl (2 months ago)
I'm a first year grad student and though I'm not studying Law, I find your videos, especially this one, VERY helpful! Thank you LegalEagle :)
Justin Forlenza (2 months ago)
I enjoy your channel, good stuff. It reminds me of my own law school experiences. You’re spot on about issue spotting exams; somehow I figured that out as well during my 1L year and ended up doing well enough such that it sustains me to this day. Listen to this guy he knows what he’s talking about, I can vouch.
Daniel Jensen (2 months ago)
Currently in my first year of law school (in Norway), and I totally feel the same way ..
Rome Dela Rosa (2 months ago)
Any tips for those preparing for the bar exam?
F L A T L A N D (1 month ago)
maybe you should file a motion to compel.
Pips zino (2 months ago)
UK law vs American law is so boring but I'm studying law at university at the moment and these videos are interesting
Ananya Sharma (2 months ago)
I dont feel that im that smart of a person but im good at proving my point. Should i pursue law?
Classy Doctor (1 month ago)
If you want to do law, do law.
Pablo Pantoja (2 months ago)
Ananya Sharma NO
Daniel Hedlund (2 months ago)
He sounds and looks like Harvey Specter
MortenErCrazy (3 months ago)
I've been really getting into watching different professions on youtube.. Wish more legal representatives had the interest, it's a great way to get an idea of how the system works, especially for laypeople who don't have many other resources to do so. I suppose you're a busy bunch, but please keep it up though! There aren't many out there doing this kind of pro bono work, and this is one of the things the internet is really great for. Moar! We like! By the way, if you ever felt like watching a nerdy copyright attorney reviewing cases in podcast format, I recommend Leonard French. :) He's your only colleague I know of on here!
JNasty (3 months ago)
BigDonPacman (3 months ago)
I'm not going to law school, I don't even live in the US, but I still watch your videos because they're very interesting and you're a very good speaker. Keep it up!
Vt Pub (17 days ago)
postmodern professor
Marcus W (1 month ago)
He’s also nice on the eyes so that helps
Wann Ibrahima (2 months ago)
same here
Josh theJedi (3 months ago)
Does every dislike get an objection?
Whidi Syaputra (3 months ago)
Well i know you are smart sexy, btw, do you have any instagram account?
Crab Apple (3 months ago)
It is official. I have found the friendliest smile in the world. I don't want to be a lawyer at all but that smile reeled me in. I love this man.
Mike Lee (3 months ago)
Question: were your parents or any relative in the law field?
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
Nope. I'm the only one in the family.
Gavin Curl (3 months ago)
Photo math
vevo maxx (3 months ago)
30 years assisting lawyers,( magna cum laude). I noticed they never procrastinate. Tons of reading.
Scott S (3 months ago)
I really would like to see this guy’s credentials. He doesn’t even say his name clear enough so that you can understand what he says. School? Law school? States admitted? Experience? Sounds and looks like a bunch of bullshit to me. Why do this guy have nothing but law books in his office? Give us your story with credentials that can be verified.
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
Check out my other videos! I have law books in my office because it's a law office.
muhammad hameed (3 months ago)
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Shelby Lytle (3 months ago)
I can't stand lawyers. These people are charismatic and charming in nature to get people to listen to them. They know how to put up an act.
Bad habit (3 months ago)
Btw what's your ig?
Daniel k (3 months ago)
I like how you mentioned the post modern professor. I had one go up to the chalk board first day and write "there are no absolutes". I proceeded to dismantle him in front of his sheep and seriously irritated him. I dropped this class like a hot potato and took a Shakespeare class. Fast forward several years later. I had this remodel job, and unbeknownst to me he lived in the neighboring house. He stops over to my customer and asks if they could have me call him for a small job. I call him and schedule a time to stop over. He wants a pull down stairs installed in his garage and a few other things done. He obviously has no recollection of me. I answered as many of his questions as possible by saying "absolutely sir....." 'Certainly...." without a doubt"....".(laughing my butt off afterwards) He had no trust in anyone and sat in a folding chair and watched me work. I finished and billed him. He asked me to stop by and go over invoice. I stopped by and went over invoice. The work was done to contract specifications and he was happy with the work, but he said I was charging him almost $150 per hour according to his calculation. Furthermore he said that he had called another contractor after receiving my invoice and they had said they would have been much cheaper. My reply was simple. "You had 4 other estimates besides mine sir and you choose to hire me. Why would I lower my price." His reply was that it was the right thing to do. Taking advantage of an retired man on a fixed income and all argument. I replied that i would accept whatever he would pay as long as he would sign a document that stated he was happy with the work and that he he had hired the cheapest contractor to do work of the five who had bid job. I stopped by next day with carbon paper documents and he signs. Hands me a check for materials and labor that nets me $10 dollars above cost. Two weeks later I am working at his neighbors house. I see him jumping on his trash can to stuff more trash in so he could avoid extra bag fee. He falls off bangs his head on concrete and dies. Four months later his son stops by my house and hands me check for remaining balance of my invoice. He hated his post modern dad and I tell him college chalk board story. We laughed and he says post moderns are all cheap bastards who love arguing with their children. I will say, in last twenty five years that had always been my experience.
Dean Copeland (1 month ago)
Paul Smith (2 months ago)
imnotdavid (4 months ago)
The fact that "gunners" place themselves at risk of the skewering you'll never forget....every day...multiple times per day....willingly....is why they're important and useful in the field regardless of whatever grades they graduated with (as long as they did graduate...and pass the bar).
PatrickAllenNL (4 months ago)
Who watches this for no reason?
Nadezhda Mikolaevskaia (4 months ago)
Why do I understand everything you say, but when there is an english speaking visitor, my brain is freaking out and I can only say.. "London is a capital of the Great Britain.." -.- Thank you for your videos, I've just signed up here to subscribe. I hope to find more Legal English here to get smarter :) Best wishes from your russian colleagues!)
soonsims (4 months ago)
I have a feeling this is going to be a big channel. I'll just want to put this out there now.
How did I succeed? Drugs, lots and lots of drugs
Sheepishly Summons (4 months ago)
It must have felt exhilarating to open your first law school report card and see all As. I will be a 1L in just a couple weeks and I hope to experience that as well!
SCE2AUX (4 months ago)
Any comment on Planet Law School by "Atticus Falcon"
Ivan Gushkov (4 months ago)
Mechanicl engineering student here. Wow there is such a difference in our degrees. In engineering, at least where I study it, asking a question or asking the proffessor for a clarification is never laughed at. Not every one understands everything and many people are just scared to ask. I am one of the people who raise their hands often and ask for a better explenation and the lectors are more than happy to provide it, it is just not something to be mocked for. That proffessor seems like a dick, but hey he was a post modernist. I know the feeling of suddenly getting to university and realizing you are no longer the smartest person in the room, but I tell myself that my advantage is the self awereness to realize it and work around it. And I am still one of the smarter people in there, just not always in the 5% anymore. To be honest I love it. Having some actuall "competition" (really friendly competition might I add) is very inspiring and gets the best out of people. Realizing what subjects you are good at and where you struggle and finding peole with opposite struggles is half the battle won and you make good friends at the same time.
Mil A (12 days ago)
Absolutely agree with everything you said. Where I am studying medicine atm also has the culture you described rather than the one in the video. I may also add that I enjoy having the "gunners" in my class (although the closer we get to exams the harder it is to stop it from getting to me and freaking me out), because they literally tell you the answers when you don't know something! How awesome is that? If I don't know the answer I now know, and if I do know the answer I get instant confirmation. Plus, the lecturers wouldn't feel too lonely if students interact back with them. I'd also go to the gunners in spare time to ask questions if I know they are good at a particular topic. I mean, we each has our own strength, I have my strength that others come for help too. Our cohort established a "trading" of knowledge from very early on, and it's immensely helpful.
Ivan Gushkov (4 months ago)
In NTNU in Norway :)
soonsims (4 months ago)
Aw that is a lovely message overall. Where do you study?
Mia Le Roux (4 months ago)
Im not even planning on becoming a lawyer, but my love for The Good Wife makes me love watching all your videos.
MXXMM (4 months ago)
Do a reaction to the miniseries The Night Of, a lot of lawyering there.
Akif Hamid (2 months ago)
Yessz it is :)
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
That's the one on HBO right?
Jackie Levine (4 months ago)
Another video I would like to see is Law School for part-time students
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Thanks for the idea.
Jackie Levine (4 months ago)
Can you do a video on good books to read before starting law school.
Thindorama (2 months ago)
conker690 Is there a Latin version of it?
conker690 (4 months ago)
Try Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England". It's one of the few English books that are still be referenced by the Supreme Court. Not only is it a fantastic introduction to legal theory and the structure of law court systems, Sir Blackstone seemed to realise that being a law student sucked and stresses the importance and prestige of studying the "noble science". It made law school significantly less painful for me. It's also freely available on the web in pretty much every format you could think of.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
That's a good idea.
Zane Salavon (4 months ago)
Who knew Jaime Lannister was such a legal expert
SEAL (2 months ago)
+Bruce Lee , it'll get an A+ for trial by combat
Dave Redacted (2 months ago)
LegalEagle OBJECTION: spoiler alert.
Bruce Lee (2 months ago)
Real Lawyer Reacts to GOT next please
Jennifer Beveridge (3 months ago)
Yeah, similar nose (although I think the actor's has been broken). But it kinda stops there.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
As you can see, I have two hands.
Tramayne Young (4 months ago)
It doesn't matter what the topic of these videos is, I'm going to watch them. My LSAT test date is quickly approaching and this channel helps me keep things in perspective. Everything from making decisions regarding law school choices, managing debt, extracurriculars in school, and post-graduate goals are addressed on this channel. Purchasing the Legal Eagle program for law school is a no-brainer and I'll be purchasing it before attending law school next year. I really appreciate the work you guys are doing and I'm thankful that you're helping us navigate through school so we aren't wasting time on unnecessary task. Thank You! - T. Young
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Nice, thanks for watching.
Thunder IGN (4 months ago)
Hello LegalEagle, I'd like to request you react to the TV SHOW 'Suits'. Thank you!
Fabian McIntyre (4 months ago)
Bro, you have no ideal how much you’re getting me prepared to get into law school. Thank you!
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Glad to hear it!
Yollaine Galias (4 months ago)
Adedeji Ademola (4 months ago)
Great video! Please what law school did you go to?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
It' in the video! UCLA. Go Bruins!
How do I Study Case Laws?
Exodus (2 months ago)
You can often access government public domain websites that have access to all cases that are not confidential (such as private family hearings) so you can read the judgment itself I would recommend looking into core textbooks to help you learn the legal principles and point you in the right direction regarding the names of notable cases
Michael Morales (4 months ago)
LegalEagle 😂😂😂
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
By going to law school...
Odalys Magarin (4 months ago)
How many classes did you take each semester? I wanted to know because if I take 5 classes each semester in law school it might be a bit much and my grades will suffer because of that. I currently take 5 classes each semester in undergrad. What do you recommend?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Your 1L classes are set by the law school. Generally 3 substantive classes and a research/writing class.
Akash Salve (4 months ago)
Great video legal eagle!!
Gayle Lynch (4 months ago)
Totally LOL'd at "postmodern professor"
Mr Green (4 months ago)
I knew you were more accomplished than some of the other law school youtube channels but wow congratulations on doing so well. I'm going to be starting my 1L year and I love watching all your videos.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Thanks! But I'm not special. Anybody can do it with the right mindset.

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