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The One Thing You Need to Know When Starting Law School

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There is one thing about law school that I hate. One thing that is a total bait and switch. For an institution that is famous for rigorous academic debate, extreme amounts of homework, and unending studying, very few of those things matter. Your grade in law school is generally based on one thing, and one thing alone: your final exam. That wouldn't be so bad, I suppose, except that your final exam looks nothing like the rest of your entire school year. Your final is usually based on an issue spotting hypothetical that prizes application of the law about mere knowledge. I actually think the "issue spotting" exam is great. It is a reasonably good test of lawyer-like analysis. The problem is that no one teaches you how to do it. And professors don't tell students that class participation won't help on the exam. Students don't find out until it's too late. Well, I'm here to tell you that you need to start preparing for this idiosyncratic test now. You CAN learn how to do issue spotting exams. You CAN get better. Good grades are possible if you know what to look for. 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 Checklist for Crushing Finals (FREE): https://www.legaleagleprep.com/finals Learn the way to study 3x more efficiently, how to get your outline in shape, and how to crush those issue spotting essay exam 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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al Mamlūk (1 month ago)
Yeah really though, it's something I figured out this year, in my second year of law school. Unlike last year, where I tried to read the whole readings for cases, I tried this new thing this year where I briefly skimmed the facts, focused on the actual legal analysises and skipped the "application to this case" section altogether. At the end of the day, the facts of these cases were almost useless on exams with the exception of cases that were supplied to us for the fact that their facts were noteworthy, and most of the exam was on applying the legal analysis.
David Lin (1 month ago)
You don't get participation trophies in law schools, are you?
Athina Koutsi (1 month ago)
Can you please recommend me some law books to read which will help me get into <LAW> before starting the law school ?
its me (1 month ago)
Hey, I'm getting back in school at 26. I plan on fastracking and testing out of classes to hurry through my bachelors. Would graduating law school at 31 or 32 put me ar a significant disadvantage?
its me (1 month ago)
+reshi p the scores aren't an issue. My practice exams are coming in around mid-170s. I just don't know if my 8 year age difference is going to slow me down too much
reshi p (1 month ago)
Do a practice lsat and see what you get...spend some time studying then do it again...if you cant get 168 or above...dont bother
roguedogx (1 month ago)
I wish engineering worked like that. Pretty much everything counts in ME.
Frank Soukey (1 month ago)
I wonder if that's not intentional as training for the court, where only the verdict matters. There are no bonus points for anything you do in a court that doesn't help you get the verdict you're aiming for. They train you in law school to have that mindset. Only the verdict matters.
Virgin law students: participated in class; does extra credit that doesn’t even count towards your grade; brown nose the professor just gets sexually harassed; fails the class Chad Law Student: Skips class to study real law cases; scoffs at extra credit; sexually harasses the professor and sues him, wins the case; Aces finals and becomes successful real lawyer while giving advice to people on YouTube for free.
Linas Pavlov (1 month ago)
Just me or does this guy look like Ryan Reynolds?
Blitz6804 (2 months ago)
As someone who graduated law school and got nothing to show for it other than being admitted to the bar? I agree... law school is bull****. There was no job available for me when I got out; over 300 resumes out, and no offers. Not even unpaid internships.
inexperiencedknife (2 months ago)
Can you react to "Goliath", an exclusive on Amazon prime video (if you purchase amazon prime shipping you have access to the show)
Shonannaminori (2 months ago)
I would say: wish I had this when I was going to law skool...but, I’m pretty sure if I was on YT in law school, I was probably fucking off. Another tip: don’t stress about creating your own outline. Take the syllabus and go from there, because that’s literally their outline for the course.
Sory Chang (2 months ago)
I'm too stupid to realize that until I'm stuck to 2:2 in my final year in England But not anymore in my LLM. I only listen to lectures that matter to my essay/final and the rest of it? Utter bullshit Even though I attended all of them, that's just because I need a place to do my research essay and my crib's too small to have a big enough desk for me
mam162 (2 months ago)
That's good advice. But it's still not as good as "be prepared to be up to your ears in debt for the rest of eternity".
Artur K (2 months ago)
Are the basic principals on law, law schools and how to study law similar or even the same in the whole world? For example how to study law in the US as compared to Austria / Japan / Sweden etc.
Darkside007 (2 months ago)
TL;DR: Minmax to pass the final exam.
Arioch IV (3 months ago)
I'm not a law student (nor do I plan to be one), but I have to wonder: what is the point of giving midterm exams if they have no impact on the students' final grades? Is the teacher trying to gauge the students' comprehension up to that point, or do they just like to make you jump through hoops for no particular reason?
gabi B (3 months ago)
I think it would be super cool if you could do guest show with a Canadian lawyer. And look at the differences in the law, practice, salaries etc. I think that would be really cool.
gabi B (3 months ago)
Schooling in canada vs usa
Joel Gawne (3 months ago)
In your professional opinion counsellor Eagle, would you say that a system where students are required to take 5 different exams, each worth 20% of your grade and spread out over the schooling duration would be a more fair and accurate assessment method? I've always felt that putting 90% value on a single day or examination is an inherently flawed strategy for determining real talent and ability. Everyone can have an off day, but the likelihood of 5 "off-days" over the course of months or years (however long the schooling period is) is incredibly low. P.S. I also need you to convince my parents that I'm not lawyer material :P I've won nearly every argument I've had with nearly every member of my family and they somehow thought this means that I'm cut out to be a lawyer. Just because I'm a contrarian who loves winning arguments and frustrating his opponents in debates doesn't mean I'd do well in law school let alone an actual courtroom, but of course they think being argumentative and goddamn stubborn is all it takes...
AshBradford (3 months ago)
This video is pretty true. I spent so much time studying and doing readings in first year and my marks were not great. I went into second year discouraged, and started to cut back on everything. My marks actually went up. Third year I cut all reading. I actually didn't read a single case all year, with the exception of ones I needed for term papers. I also stopped studying for any exams that were open book. I would read through my notes once, and then spend my time making a good table of contents. A lot of my finals were in some ways like the bar exams. It's not about knowing everything, it's about how fast you can find it. My marks went up even more. I've always thought it was insane that I was actually rewarded for being an objectively worse student.
Abreham (3 months ago)
Hey legaleagle, DJ stone here?? hahaha
Jemma Hall (3 months ago)
I have aspirations to get to law school when I'm out of college. I'm in eighth grade and these videos make me get a sense of like "ooh better study my cases!" and then I remember I'm 13. Also, any tips on how to prepare myself early? I'm already planning on skipping two years of high school through a dual enrollment program junior and senior year. I know i need to take speech and debate and I've been studying latin through google and romance languages for the past 2 years until I can take a real class in high school. There's a local program for teens under 17 to take da training and be on a jury to see what it's like and I've been looking into that for the next 4 years. Anything else I should do to maybe boost my GPA or credit for high school?
shodanxx (3 months ago)
Surely this would be different at different schools ? Maybe some schools will give you grades based on class participation or other crap ? I can appreciate that you are lawyering your way out of law school but I feel like that advice should come with some big asterisks
VoidBG (3 months ago)
Sounds like regular school
KuroNoTenno (3 months ago)
That intro is very motivating.
danielsjohnson (3 months ago)
But doesn't the homework indirectly help you on the final by you practicing whatever law concepts you learned that day in class or from a casebook?
Seta Entertainment (4 months ago)
Wow, thank you! This why I'm not a lawyer. Being future nurse surgeon assistant seems cool.
Locust King (4 months ago)
It'd be awesome to see an episode of the daredevil tv series on netflix:)
The silver fox (4 months ago)
Sounds like law school is a no go for people with dyslexia unless they are in prison and calling the shots on their case LOL :D
Daniel Horsman (4 months ago)
What you are talking about in this video is actually a really interesting thing called The Hidden Curriculum. I did a lot of research into this for my Theoretical Physics degree and it seems to be present in almost every subject. I am very interested to learn about what you think on the matter. Do you believe this hidden curriculum is actually a flaw in the education system, more specifically the examination system, or do you think that this system is fine as it is?
Susan Ruth (4 months ago)
How much are finals usually worth?
mariokarter13 (4 months ago)
Only the final matters. Just like the verdict, right?
Morally_ Bankrupt (4 months ago)
Video ends at 0:06
Bernhard Scholtz (4 months ago)
Is this the same for out of country law schools?
Toby Selbee (4 months ago)
Think like a lawyer and read the syllabus!
rabidklein (4 months ago)
If you are looking for a great lawyer movie to react to check out the verdict staring Paul Newman. Tour de force acting by Newman.
3munchenman (4 months ago)
I feel that maybe I needed to hear this in reference to my undergrad class where homework is optional, but more importantly I needed to hear this for when I go to law school.
Keyser Soze (4 months ago)
Very true. And one of the stupidest things about law school.
Dutchik (4 months ago)
Wouldn't it be possible to ask your professor if you are doing well and are on the correct path? Also issue spotting and the actually understanding parts. Hell yeah. Only way my brain works. Just can't remember a list of words. That's why my languages fail and my science stuff exceeds. I honestly don't know why i am watching this. I am not american and will not go into law school
Katie H (4 months ago)
Wow- so different to Aussie law school! We usually have one or two assignments during the term (eg attend court and write a report, or, write up legislation for this issue), and then we also have a final exam. So for example- assignment 1 might be worth 20% of your grade, assignment 2 is worth 30% of your grade, and then the final exam makes up the other 50%. I’ve never had a class where ALL of your grade comes just from the final exam. Hell, we even had classes where 10% of our grade was made up of weekly quizzes (usually done online). And I’ve also had a couple of classes where (as long as you weren’t a long distance student), class participation did form part of your grade: 10% I think it was- there was another small assignment for the long distance students- and distance ed is massive here- and it’s also partly why we can access lectures online- they’re always posted to the class website, so those studying by distance don’t miss out because they can’t attend lectures in person. It also works really well if, like me, you’re physically disabled and simply can’t go in, no matter how close you live to your uni. But also- we don’t usually live at the uni we go to.
高橋絵理 (3 months ago)
Here at USyd, I’m fairly certain Law has to be studied in conjunction with another degree (like commerce or economics or something) and it’s a minimum of 5 years, And certainly access to the lecture recordings is freely given on the course website. Disclaimer: I don’t study law, this is what my friends who study law have told me :)
Sazza997 (3 months ago)
It’s similar in Ireland, we normally have an assignment that might be worth 20-40% of the final grade, however I did have a few classes where all the marks came from the final grade, those were mainly only for one semester, apart from my first year criminal exam. 100% of the final grade came from the exam at the end of the academic year, most stressful exam I’ve done yet haha.
Josh Bell-Wilson (3 months ago)
+Tingle Whispers I'm also studying in Melbourne and it's the standard 4 year course. However, requiring you to represent a doctors certificate to access the online lecture recordings sounds a tad harsh. At deakin our lectures are online for everyone to access but as for the seminars (tutorials), you have to be registered as an online student or have a special need. Its strange that a lot of universities have have different systems and requirements
That's an interesting system. I study law in Russia and here the system is something between what's described in the video and in your comment. In short - only the final matters, BUT you can get a pass on the exam without showing up if you study hard all year-round and show up to all of the classes well prepared. There are no percentages and set points so all of the professors have their own criteria, but usually around 5-10% of the students get a pass. With that said sometimes getting a free pass is harder than passing the exam itself so it's not always worth it. And some (let's say 1/4) of the professors don't give passes and everyone has to go to the exam.
Katie H (3 months ago)
Also, in Qld you only have the choice of PLT- and they refer to the practical placement part of the PLT as a clerkship. Maybe Queensland unis are so much better for distance ed because Qld is much bigger and more spread out? And the idea that you’d have to provide a dr certificate is wild! The only time I would have needed one is IF I was an on campus student, and IF class participation was part of your grade- which only happened twice in the entire degree, as I recall. Otherwise, you’re an adult. If you don’t want to show up, then don’t. And like I said, the lectures were always posted on the uni website afterward anyway, so you wouldn’t miss out. The recordings are put up and available to everyone. I did prefer to go in when possible, because I felt it was a better learning experience, and I wanted to meet my fellow students.
ozgirl4ev (4 months ago)
Did you have any law school friends who already had families/dependents? What was their experience like? I wasn’t ready for the work straight out of undergrad, but now after some life and work experience I’m considering law school again.
Occams Razor (4 months ago)
Are all those books behind you real? As in you use them? Or is it some "Lawyer credence pack" you bought from an infomercial for 4 easy payments of $39.95?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
It's five payments, actually...
MrSmallANDLoud (4 months ago)
This channel is amazing.
Steve Smith (4 months ago)
Drinking game: Shot everytime he says "Law school"
Brian Beard (4 months ago)
SO why the hell do they require a 4 year degree before Law School? Screw that debt!
Katie H (4 months ago)
Zero years in Australia- Law is an undergrad here. We do have to get another little “postgrad” plus practical legal training in order to practice- but that’s only 6-12months.
Alex thomson (4 months ago)
yeah 4 years in South Africa
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Three year degree.
Nutrient Coma (4 months ago)
Starting my first semester of law school on September 4, I'm sooo stressed out.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
You'll do great!
Alice In Chains (4 months ago)
Do sleep eight hours a day? Curious question
Alice In Chains (4 months ago)
Doctors say humans need to sleep eight hours per day. But very busy people like law students dont have the luxury of time so they are sleep deprived. Some people i know only sleep three hours. How bout you?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Yes, do sleep.  I don't understand your question.
krisko bingo (4 months ago)
hey how are you .... can you review the court scenes from the george clooney's movie "Intolerable Cruelty" its one hell of a funny court room ...
Brandon McCarthy (4 months ago)
Hey man can you do a breakdown on the defenders series, daredevil series and/or movie please? I wanna know if the lawyer scenes are accurate cheers man
realscummy (4 months ago)
Do any of the law episodes from "it's always sunny in Philadelphia" please.
Kendall Carroll (3 months ago)
On Bird Law.
A. Void (3 months ago)
Dude, Mac's argument against evolution.
Rafael Cabrera (3 months ago)
he doesnt have big hands
Rusty Shackelford (4 months ago)
I don’t think he is an expert in bird law
King Loser (4 months ago)
That'd be.. handy.
R L (4 months ago)
Clutch (4 months ago)
Is law school the best way to become a lawyer
Superficial Serpent (3 months ago)
Lindy Mapendo , you defeated the LegalEagle, welcome to Law School, you are qualified.
Lindy Mapendo (4 months ago)
Objection. I would say it's the best way to become a lawyer, but depending on the country you're from it might not be the only way. For instance, in China you don't need to go to law school (although it's highly recommended), you just need to pass an exam (equivalent to the bar) and article, regardless of what you studied in university. But law school is the only way in the states.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
It's the only way to become a lawyer...
Mandy Snyder (4 months ago)
Question: what if I’m interested in pursuing a joint degree in grad school (neuroscience PhD and law degree) - given the rigor of law school is it worth it and potential debt? I am not necessarily interested in a law career so much as studying neurolaw and the implications of neuro diseases on the legal system
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Law school is good for becoming a lawyer.  Nothing else.
Hey legaleagle, I have a question from a time I was summoned for jury duty. I forget the exact details of the case, I believe it involved fraud, but at the start of the Jury selection the defense disclosed that his client had previously been accused (and I believe convicted) of something like child molestation. I'm curious: why would he disclose this if it is not relevant to the case, and could this be considered priming or even jury tampering or is it a valid strategy?
LegalEagle was it disclosed perhaps on the basis that they believed jurors would look the guy up or think, "Hey, I recognize him from somewhere..."? The defense also asked the potential jurors if that knowledge would get in the way of an objective evaluation of the case, so I guess it could've just been a tool to evaluate the jurors.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
It's complicated.
gagejoseph91 (4 months ago)
1 second in and I'm loving the video already. Also, mind doing a reaction to "The People vs Larry Flynt"?
thekidthatsurvived (4 months ago)
Dear Legaleagle, I LOVE your advice and videos. However, I will be starting law school in the UK ( University of Leeds). Are all your videos still useful to me since I will be getting an LLB instead of a JD?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
robert simpson (4 months ago)
If i have good grades but got a 138 on the LSAT, what do you think my chances of admission?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
The comments above are harsh, but accurate.
J. Ca (4 months ago)
Your first semester of law school will be capped off by 4-5 separate exams that are (likely) at least 3 hours each. One of my first semester finals was six hours. Then you've got similar finals at the end of each semester following that. The bar exam is also typically two full days of exam taking, usually totaling about 12 hours. If you can't do (or do not want to do) high stakes, long exams, then law is absolutely the wrong field for you. But if you're dead set on it, then take a prep course and invest some time into preparing for the exam. Be aware, though, that after a certain number of times, they start to average your LSAT scores together, and that 138 is going to crush you. So you'll only realistically be able to take one or two more shots at raising your score. Point being, make sure you're prepared before you take it again.
robert simpson (4 months ago)
This was back in 2007 when I took it... I bought a prep book and studied while completing my last semester of undergrad... I couldn't afford a commercial class... i admit i did';t put enough effort that was required plus I just froze on test day... A 3 hour test was grueling.. I never took the test again..I applied to 5 law schools and was rejected by all.Very depressing...
J. Ca (4 months ago)
138 is something like the bottom 10%. I'm sure there are law schools that would take you with that score, but they're not schools you'd want to go to unless being a lawyer is literally the only profession in which you could imagine yourself. You'd very likely struggle to get into a school ranked as low as around 140th in the country, and even then there's little to no chance you'd be getting anything in the way of a scholarship. Did you do any prep for the LSAT? If not, consider taking some time to prep for the test (buy books, take prep courses, do loads of practice exams) and take the test again. If your undergrad grades are good, there's no reason you should struggle to get at least in the 150 range on the LSAT, which in combination with a good GPA should get you into a range of good schools and some options concerning scholarships. If you've already done appropriate prep and 138 is an accurate representation of your ability, though, I'd strongly consider finding another path.
Javiera Solar (4 months ago)
Hey! please make a video on Real Lawyer vs. Better Call Saul. Episode 5 of the 3rd Season is so amazing but anything you choose will be fun to watch. Opening scene on Season 1 Episode 1 is pretty good too.
GishBomb (4 months ago)
can you talk about Jury Nullification?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
What do you want to know?
Madrigal (4 months ago)
Okay, I'm sure you've been asked this before. I'm sure you'll be asked again. We want to see you react to the legal scene in "The Bee Movie." Thank you, much love <3. Also 51+% final exams are in general pretty disrespectful to students time IMO.
shiba inuu (4 months ago)
All nighters for my midterms weren’t worth it this whole time🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂
MATTY McSPLATTY (4 months ago)
Love the channel, im not a lawyer of law fan but very interse9 nonetheless. I wonder if u get called harvey dent even though yr not a D.A lolllll
TORRESify000 (4 months ago)
Wow! It's like the 3rd time that I've heard that quote this week! I should make that my mantra this semester! I have 1 more semester to go then I'm off to hurdle the Bar exam
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Nice. Keep practicing!
Eric Spaulding (4 months ago)
You should do a Lawyer Reacts video to the law aspect of Better Call Saul. To me it seems more realistic than some of the other law shows, but I could be wrong.
F P (4 months ago)
Just to add to this, you should also do all the law-related scenes in Netflix Daredevil, especially Punisher's trial.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
It's in the hopper.
Rancord123 (4 months ago)
Nice video Legal
Karen Dobrowolski (4 months ago)
Great advice!
John Fischer (4 months ago)
Do the one we all want: The People v O. J. Simpson.
SavageGreywolf (11 days ago)
+John Fischer as a person who lived through it as well- from the boring fucking day by day 24 hour coverage of the trial, and things surrounding the trial, and things secondarily adjunct to the trial, and the pattern of Kato Kaelin's pajama bottoms on the night before the murder...
John Fischer (4 months ago)
From the horrifying crime or the miscarriage of justice?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Dude, I lived through that in real time. Still have PTSD from OJ.
Akash Salve (4 months ago)
Improving day by day!!!
Yatish Vaswani (4 months ago)
Why do many law students say getting a B or C is bad
Frida Meraz (4 months ago)
+Katie H That recently happened to me. I'm still an undergrad but I had a perfect! GPA. One single class ruined it forever. It was too much to bear, but I guess I'm still alive. But when you're a perfectionist, it is the worst feeling.
Katie H (4 months ago)
J. Ca it can’t be that- because we don’t have those here in Australia, yet our law students are just as much perfectionists.
Katie H (4 months ago)
Because we’re perfectionists. I remember the day I got my first ever Distinction (a 6 as opposed to the 7/High Distinction id always previously gotten). I bawled! And not just over that one grade- that single slight dip in grade meant I’d lost my perfect 7.0 GPA, never to be seen again. Yeah, I still had good grades- definitely good enough to get my Honours, but it wasn’t perfect anymore. It hit me really hard.
J. Ca (4 months ago)
Because commercial exam prep companies convince them that anything under being in the top 10% is bad. That way, they spend a ridiculous amount of money paying for commercial outlines and prep services that don't really help.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Because it is.
Isaac MacDonald (4 months ago)
Absolutely correct. Went through one semester doing it completely wrong (briefing, etc) and then started focusing exclusively on producing the best scoring exam answers possible to the exclusion of all other prep and graduated top 10% without too much personal sacrifice. Definitely had a few awkward cold calls but they had no impact on anything really. Classroom experience is really just for trying to figure out exam content (e.g., what sorts of policy questions the professor might ask).
Lizica Dumitru (3 months ago)
+LegalEagle Are the students told what is on the exam? Do they have to figure it out as they go through the classes?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Rodney Gratz (4 months ago)
Best video yet!!!!!
hottrubbish (4 months ago)
Would you recommend law school for someone who may not want to be an attorney? Being an attorney does not appeal to me per se, however, critical race theory and legal scholarship do. For context, I am a junior in college studying social/political theory and ethnic studies.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
No. There are cheaper/better ways to study those subjects.
Adrian Gonzalez (4 months ago)
Quick tip for success on YouTube. Only the likes matter! Those of us non-lawyer are waiting for the full episode on Suites. I know it's dumb and I know that's kinda bullshit and your content is really good useful and informative, but focus on what really matters will ya.
Adrian Gonzalez (4 months ago)
You provide allot of value to them and a ton of good advice. Also the best name for a channel on YouTube. I can't believe LegalEagle wasn't taken.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Don't worry though. Tune in next week.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Got to support my law school homies.
Liam Aiton (4 months ago)
People also inflate how much harder law school is than other careers or degrees. I think it's totally wrong. I found my final high school exams harder than my first year exams in my law degree. Lecturers and professors also totally over estimate course preparation time and underestimate the power of the internet. Of the £300 of Law books I was told to purchase I think I have read some parts of maybe 2? Because the information was so readily available online using the books was much slower unless you needed to iron out the fine detail on a subject. Even in that instance the university library had ample books to assist with. My advice don't buy any law books! even if your lecturer says you need them unless you have to, look for online law resources, check the library, email your lecturer and ONLY then buy the damn expensive book, maybe even get it second hand from a fellow student in the year above.
Czarek (4 months ago)
Liam Aiton a
Rebellious Shyguy (4 months ago)
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Alexei Lesukov Volkovich (4 months ago)
There was a guy in my class who always passed on cold calls, very quiet guy, never participated, he got mostly B+ on all classes... meanwhile the gunners...😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹
dillusioned (3 months ago)
The professor dismissing a student from class for non participation? Yeah, then refund my $500 per class session for kicking me out.
Josh Bell-Wilson (3 months ago)
+Michelle Eaton maybe australia is wired the wrong way 😂 we never get them...
Occams Razor (3 months ago)
Michelle Eaton What is a "cold call" (in the context of law school) and what does it mean to "pass" on one? From context, I think it may be being called on to answer a question in class?
Michelle Eaton (4 months ago)
Alexei Lesukov Volkovich What kind of law school would allow a student to “pass” on cold calls? Ridiculous. The Socratic method is the standard. The professor may give one a pass (as in tell you to be prepared to respond the following class), but a student cannot decline to respond. Minimally, the student must explain why he or she is not prepared and then leave the classroom if the professor dismisses him or her due to the lack of preparedness.
Occams Razor (4 months ago)
Ama Wright I assume from context: a "go getter." So one fired up to do the best job they can.
Rubber (4 months ago)
I wonder if this legal eagle guy briefed every case he read. I'm in law school and I don't make comprehensive case briefs for everything. I find them to be a waste of time. I take notes, but I don't do a formally structured brief for everything.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
I did not.
Kyle Gallo (4 months ago)
Just became a 1L last week and have been watching your videos for awhile. What would you suggest studying day to day? I know I should do all my readings but what in the readings should I focus on exactly?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
See the video on the Flipped Case Method.
Silverstiletto (4 months ago)
Several times you have talked about this topic. Law school aside and job placement aside. Do any of these extra activities in law school actually help in the practice of law?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Law Review all help in practice to a certain degree. But usually none of those are offered first year, where your grades are the most important. See my video on extra circulars.
Dominique Berry (4 months ago)
Seems to me that this breeds an attitude of "only final results matter". I can kinda see where that comes from. No client will be overly thrilled if you did everything right and still lost big time. But I could be oversimplifying it.
J. Ca (4 months ago)
+Kid Muon I've checked to see what I've still got. Clark D. Cunningham, "What Do Clients Want From Their Lawyers?", 2013 J. Disp. Resol. 143 That is one article that goes into a broad examination of client satisfaction and cites other useful sources. I got access through my school's library, so I don't know if the article is behind a paywall or not.
Dominique Berry (4 months ago)
+J. Ca Would you happen to have the names of those studies or the people that did them? I think reading them would be good for me.
J. Ca (4 months ago)
I've read some fairly interesting studies that indicate that what clients tend to care most about is actually whether their lawyer listened to what they wanted, and whether the client felt that the lawyer communicated what was happening well and consistently to the client. Winning sure does help, but clients can be very dissatisfied even when they win. They can also walk away very satisfied, despite losing.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
I'm arguing against what most people do: kill themselves preparing for class. Your strategy isn't a bad one.
Isaac MacDonald (4 months ago)
“The work” may not be what you think it is. I only skimmed cases/reading before any law school class but paid close attention in classes and spent 3-4 weeks synthesizing everything at the end of each semsester. Did very well with this strategy.
supershottyproblems (4 months ago)
man and here i thought my lit degree was a joke
Mason Doerr (4 months ago)
Just got my first cold call today, and I didn’t have even close to the right answer. Yet, no one cared I was wrong. That’s why we go to school. Don’t stress, just try your best, learn, and press on!
Mason Doerr (4 months ago)
Like you say, the fact that I didn’t know a dissenting judges thoughts on how discovery was handled on the top of my head, is irrelevant for the final!
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Great advice.
robobrain10000 (4 months ago)
So, if you are sick and throwing up on the final, you are screwed.
Sory Chang (2 months ago)
Yep same in Britain I got severe insomnia in my second year and that's a nail in my coffin for my LLB😭
Objection! You can just wait and if you are better the next day you can take it yesterday.
Michelle Eaton (4 months ago)
robobrain10000 Yep.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Yup, everything rides on your performance that day.
Jake Haymes (4 months ago)
Can you make a video discussing writing an addendum when applying to law school? For example, if i have a low gpa but a high LSAT would writing an addendum explaining myself make any difference?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Interesting idea!
xoxo gossip girl (4 months ago)
I am starting next week with as a law student. Its my first year and I am really nerveus. Your videos helps me alot thankss! Greetings from The Netherlands 😊😊
Katie H (4 months ago)
Don’t expect that what applies to American law school will apply to you though- I know it doesn’t apply to Aussie law school (where we do work toward a linear grade with assignments as well as exams).
soonsims (4 months ago)
Waar ga je studeren?
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Cool! Good luck.

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