Tips for Surviving Law School

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By Monica Beshay

Benjamin Franklin said, "For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned," a phrase that is very applicable to law students and most likely to young lawyers early in their practice as well.

As the weather gets colder, we know what that means. Pumpkin Spice Latte and Outlining season!

Today's world values time. Time is of the essence is a phrase that is often said. I hear so many people say that they wish they were more organized. The new generation is fascinated by saving time with new trends such as meal prepping, online shopping, and grocery delivery: all these trends have the same purpose--to save time.

As the semester is slowly ending, students are trying to ensure that their time is managed accordingly. Here, I have outlined several ways for students to attempt to be more efficient.

Tips for surviving law school:

Technology

Technology is a part of our everyday lives. Online Calendars are a great resource. Outlook and Google Calendars are my personal favorites. Online calendars are accessible. You can access the calendar from any of your devices, including laptops, phones, iPads, and whatever else you own. You can use your calendar anywhere you go because it is portable.

Technology can also keep you accountable. One way to do so is to set reminders and to simply put your event on your calendar itself. You can set reminders in increments such as 15 minutes, or even 1 day before the event. You can even add the location of the event. For example, set your calendar with your class schedule and list the room number.

Convenience is the wave of the future. Online calendars allow for your schedule to be more conveniently accessible to you. In addition, you can share events with peers, partners, and friends. This allows you to remind others of a scheduled meeting. As a student, you can use this for your study group.

Online calendars allow you to add colors without the mess and hassle of sharpies. I recommend designating a color to each subject or specific task. For example, Civil Procedure can be red, while Constitutional Law can be yellow. This is great if you are a visual learner.

Also, despite all the benefits of technology, it's okay to not use your phone because you can allow yourself some time away from your phone or other devices. You can give yourself a break.

Study Tips

A great way to ensure you are understanding the subject is to study weekly. This helps break up the subject into smaller and more manageable pieces. Ask upperclassmen for advice! They may have had the same professor. Even if they had a different professor, they most likely have taken the same subjects.

Go to office hours! This is something I am sure law students hear often. Get to know your professors. They tend to be very well educated in their respective fields. One way to approach them is to come prepared with a question to ask. It will help the conversation flow.

Other Tips for Organization

Meal preparation is all over Instagram. A benefit of this practice is that it can help save you money. This can also help ensure that you are eating all the nutrients needed.

One way to save yourself some time is to prepare your outfit the night before class or work. This may even save you some morning stress just by physically laying out your outfit the night before the next morning.

Pen and paper are also sometimes a great resource. Make a list and crossing items off can give you a sense of accomplishment. Also invest in helpful tools, such as highlighters, colored pens, sticky notes and tabs. Make sure to get different colors and sizes. This can help with your organization.

Self-Care

Self-care in law school is a must. A personal favorite of mine is pumpkin spice lattes. While you get yourself a latte, you can change your scenery. Coffee shops can be a place to study if you need a break from school.

As a student, you need to make sure you are eating healthy and make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need. Also make sure you are drinking water.

Enjoy your time. Exercise and stay active. It is okay to spend some time outside of the library. Most importantly, make sure you are getting rest. Allowing time for your body to rest will help you conquer your tasks. And last but not least, making sure your mental health is in check is critical to law school success. You can do this by talking to your family and friends.

This small checklist can be easily integrated into your daily routine and can potentially benefit you once you become a young lawyer.

Goodluck!

Monica Beshay is in Brooklyn Law School's Two-Year Accelerated Law Program. Monica will be graduating this year, May 2020, as Brooklyn's youngest graduate. Outside of law school Monica enjoys reading realistic fiction novels and re-watching Harry Potter Movies.

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