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Corinne A. Tampas

One more: be honest with yourself as to the amount of time you really do study.

I worried that I did not spend enough time studying as I had classmates that would talk about the hours and hours they spent in the law library studying. Yet, when I did go to the law library to do some research, I noticed that those same classmates were (a) reading the newspaper, (b) sleeping, or (c) leaving open books on the table while they visited with other students in front of the restrooms.

Perhaps they really did think they put in the hours which begs the question: now that they are attorneys and practicing law, do they think that they are putting in those kind of hours and billing the client?

luke

That's a great list. I agreed with all but number 4, and only because my performance has always been somewhat inverted from how I thought I was doing. I found I adjusted by focusing not on how well I thought I was doing but by setting realistic goals - reading the material more than once, briefing, starting to outline by a certain date, doing practice questions - and sticking to the plan as much as possible.

I had no idea how I was doing relative to anyone else but I knew I was the best law student I knew how to be.

Gordon

Chuck, you've hit the nail on the head. I'd just add one more tip. Don't withdraw from the world for 3 years while in school. Stay involved with family, friends, hobbies, etc., and stay abreast of news, current events, and the like. Being well-rounded counts for a lot. There are plenty of law "geeks" out there who are great in the library, but can't schmooze a client to save their lives. Keep your social skills honed!

PerGynt

I agree with Gordon. A good phone plan to stay in touch with your family and friends is very important. It is always important, but even more so in law school.

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