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Mamattorney: Memories from a 1L Pregnancy

I started law school a few months before my twenty-ninth birthday. Not only did I wait to go to law school after completing undergrad, but I had a gotten a full-time job as a paralegal that I loved. However, my passion for the legal field pushed me to follow through with that dream of becoming an attorney. My husband (then boyfriend of many years) and I had been discussing the idea of having children around this time also. We didn’t feel that we were getting “too old” but perhaps just that we were at the right age in terms of…

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Part-time Law, Full-time Life: “Fools rush in…” or Enrolling in a Part-time Law Program

Three weeks ago, I uploaded my last exam response of the semester. I went through my now-typical process of double-checking my formatting, reviewing the instructions, taking note of the time of upload, re-calculating the number of words, and cautiously hit the submit button. Later that night, joining my husband for a post-semester celebratory drink, it dawned on me that I had transposed my exam number during submission – on that exam, and two others. I remember freezing with terror as my husband looked at me, panic in his eyes, worried I was having some kind of attack, until I shrieked…

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Accepting Discomfort

The fact that I will be graduating from law school in a few months is beginning to sink in, and has also caused me to reflect on my time in law school thus far. Although I shudder to think back on the life altering and all-consuming time of my life called 1L, I realize that that time prepared me for what would become the beginning of life outside of my comfort zone. Living in a new city and adjusting to a completely new routine were just some of the changes that accompanied starting law school at UCLA. I also found…

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Marybeth.Herald

Your Brain, Law School, and Law Practice:  Mind Your Stress Levels

I invited you in January to get to know your brain better.  If you have been following my relationship guide this year, you may know a bit more about how your brain learns, thinks fast, acts out of habit, and buckles under situational pressure.   But it is December – my last post -  and we have only scratched the surface of that complex jumble of neurons. Yikes, under this time pressure, I better get to an important subject – stress.  Stress and the Law Exams, deadlines, and holiday pressures, not to mention events in the larger universe can cause feelings…

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nevidomsky92

Life in the Law School Lane: The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned in Law School

Do you ever find yourself in a situation in which you aren’t quite sure how you got there? Well, that’s me right now. It’s December of 3L, classes have ended, and the only things preventing me from going back to New York for Winter Break are a few final examinations (two of which “I don’t have to study for” – professor’s words, not mine). I started off my Writer-in-Residence term describing law school as a whirlwind experience, and 11 months later, I couldn’t agree more. In the span of 28 months, I’ve taken countless classes (actually I probably could have…

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LAAllen

A Parliament of OWLs (Older Wiser Learners): Resilience and stress

Hello again, dear reader.  Can we chat?  I think it is time to discuss stress in the law school.  No, I know, stress is all anybody around here is talking about, but I don’t really approve of the hyper caffeinated, gaunt, I’m-so-miserable behavior.  I think the memes are cute, but seriously?  It’s time to pull up your big girl pants (and big boy pants) and stop the drama.  Let’s get a little perspective. School exams are, by an order of magnitude, less stressful than your life will be when you are a lawyer. According to a study published in the…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School – Secret, and Not-So-Secret Interview Tips

  Normally, my monthly column translates valuable military skills into practical advice for succeeding in law school. This month, however, I want to stray just a bit. Instead, I want to share tips that will help you land and nail interviews. I have parents, law career development counselors, and mentors to thank for these nuggets of wisdom. Decide which tips you want to adopt. Use your time during school to develop your own “interview preparation list.” Then, when the time comes, you will be ready to crush that interview. I’ll focus primarily on the time “Before the Interview,” and just…

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JaneRosales

7 Life Lessons I’m Thankful Law School Taught Me

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to thank law school for teaching me so many life lessons in the past 27 months. Now that I’ll be graduating in 6 months, it’s time to look back and be thankful for the lessons that I learned in probably one of the emotionally draining, academically challenging but also fulfilling times of my life.    You’re not “JUST” anything – In the past year and half, I told a female lawyer at a huge bank and a male criminal court judge that I was “just a law student.” Their response: “you’re just not…

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Write Like It Means Something to You

As a law student, your writing is the key to your academic success. If you can’t write, you can’t pass a law school exam, let alone excel in your studies. Yet, it’s not really your writing, is it? Think about it. You get told what to write, when you should be writing it, who to address, how long you have to write it, and exactly how you should say it. You spend a lot of time answering other people’s questions—namely, your professors’—in their very precise and particular way. As a 1L, I found the process to be difficult and tedious…

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Unsolicited Advice From a Law Professor: Surviving Final Exams

During my undergraduate years one of my friends mastered the art of maximum performance on minimal effort.  She rarely studied.  She often chose to sleep late over attending class.  She purchased the course textbooks only sometimes.  Other times she “purchased” the text the day before the final exam, studied that night, then returned it in time to meet the bookstore’s 24-hour return policy.  She reasoned that, if she could earn “B” grades with minimal effort, it was not worth the extra effort to go for the “A”.  For intelligent and intellectually gifted individuals like my friend, this approach may have…

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