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Monday, August 17, 2020

Sponsored: Surviving Law School: 6 Tips For Success


This post has been sponsored by Zebra Pen. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 Since I am beginning my third and last year of law school, I wanted to make this blog post with the idea of helping those who are as lost as I was the first day of my first year. Here are my 6 tips for success as a law school student.

1. Be prepared

You are in professional school, after all. Make sure you have all your school supplies in check: pens, notebooks, binders, highlighters, and paper. You do not want to be that person asking for a pen and paper the first day!


Depending on your law school, there may be classes where professors have a no laptop policy and you will need to hand write your notes. You might also have classes where case briefs must be handwritten. If that is the case, make sure you use great quality pens. The Zebra STEEL G-402® Gel Retractable Pen is my top pen choice. I like that the STEEL G-402 is an affordable pen that is also durable and of premium quality. Zebra Pen offers a variety of high-quality, stylish pens to give you the confidence to pursue your goals. Check out more information here to see how you can Choose Different.  In addition, make sure your notes are legible for when you’re making outlines to study for finals—starting with a reliable pen is critical.

2. Organization is key!

Keep a calendar or planner to stay on top of your readings, assignments, and anything else going on in your classes. I like to add my class schedule with room numbers to my phone calendar that syncs with my laptop and iPad calendars. I generally put the assignment in parenthesis next to the class, i.e. CON LAW 227 (Read pg. 1-32). You also will want to keep track of any absences you might have in your classes in the same calendar.

3.  Keep a good study space at home

You will spend a lot of time reading and briefing cases. Make sure you have a neat and comfortable study place at home. This will come in handy when the library is closed for the holidays or if you find yourself in the middle of a pandemic having to take all of your classes in your house or apartment. I equipped my study space with STEEL G-402 Gel Pens, paper, and a printer. 

4. Take advise with a grain of salt

A large amount of people will randomly decide to come up to you and give you advice on what worked for them in their law school journey. Take their advice with a grain of salt. Just because it worked for them, it does not mean that it will work for you. Do your best to filter out which advice is similar to what you know has worked for you in your academic career in the past.


For example, I know I’m not the type of person that studies three months before a final, so for anyone that advises me that way, I will hear it, but I will not necessarily follow their advice. In other words, try to stick to what has worked for you and make slight improvements, as law school is different than undergrad. My best and only advice to you (this is tried and true for me): sleep at least 7 hours the night before the final. All-nighters do not work for me; I will be so tired during the exam that I will not remember anything I studied and will actually get a lower grade than if I sleep a full night the night before.


5.  Don’t play the comparison game

This is your law school experience! Don’t compare yourself to what your classmates are doing. If Sally studies every day and never goes out, that’s what works for Sally. If Tim goes out every night and never opens a book, that’s what works for Tim. Find what works for you and don’t worry about what others are doing. The grades are individual, the experience is individual, and other people will not contribute to you getting your degree or getting that license.

6. Dress for success

This is completely optional, but to me, personally, dressing up to school made me want to actively be there and participate more in class. There is something about putting some thought into your outfit that completely changes the way you carry yourself. Some people prefer to be comfortable, which is completely fine. I generally treat law school like I would an office; thus, I try to stick to a business casual dress code. Plus, the  STEEL G-402 doubles as the perfect accessory to my professional, yet casual, wardrobe.  


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