Five Techniques For Using Deep Work To Excel In Law School

There is an interesting article from Law School Toolbox on “Deep Learning.” Here are some excerpts:

Five Techniques For Using Deep Work To Excel In Law SchoolLaw school presents law students with a number of incredible intellectual challenges. You have to memorize a great quantity of information in various substantive areas of law in a relatively short time. You have to learn to use a lot of arcane technical jargon correctly. You have to master a new system of legal proof that is just as complicated as the system of geometrical proofs you learned in high school. The only difference is that you will get substantially less support in learning how to do a legal proof than you did when you were learning how to do a geometrical proof.

The best way for law students to meet and overcome these challenges is to engage in “Deep Work.” Deep Work is the ability to focus exclusively for a long period of time on one particular intellectual task without distractions. Engaging in deep work means working with total uninterrupted concentration on whatever you are doing. It is the opposite of multi-tasking. Students who engage in deep work will be able to more quickly master complex information and produce superior results in less time.

Five suggestions are:

1. Avoid Multi-Tasking

2. Incorporate Deep Work Into Your Calendar

3. Prevent Interruptions

4. Close Or Minimize Social Media Accounts

5. Evaluate The Usefulness Of Study Groups And Other Meetings

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How Lawyers Use Evernote

From Rocket Matters Legal Productivity website:

Evernote is more than a note-taking application. We use it to store ideas, recordings, projects, tasks, images…The list is as comprehensive as we want it to be. Evernote allows us to offload our brain and organize our lives.

And how do lawyers use Evernote? I asked a few Evernote-loving lawyers. Here are their stories.

See also: A Lawyer’s Guide to Evernote E-Book

Law School Prep: How to Prepare for Law School as a 0L

Preparing for law school before classes begin is important in being successful. However, your preparation should be focused on getting into law school and enjoying your “freedom” before you spend countless hours studying the law.

Here are five things to think about from Law School Toolbox:

  1. Do Not Study the Law Intensely
  2. Research Schools
  3. Relax a Little
  4. Work, Work And Work
  5. Get in the Mindset

Are Law Schools with Low Bar Pass Rates at Risk of Closing?

From Bloomberg Law:

The University of La Verne College of Law enrolls over 100 students each year, and if past history is any indication, only slightly more than half, 54 percent, will likely pass the bar on their first try after graduation.

Should that affect whether it stays open?

The disconnect between a school’s low bar passage rate, relative to other schools in the country, and its ability to draw applicants raises a question that’s been looming for legal education regulators: Is the bar passage rate the best way to measure whether a law school is adequately preparing its students to become lawyers?

On one side, there are voices urging the ABA to raise the standard of graduates who must pass the bar exam on their first attempt. They say the high cost of a legal education means schools owe it to their students to guarantee a certain level of success and chance of a career in the law.

Others argue the ABA’s standards would limit diversity in the legal profession by disproportionately forcing the closure of law schools that serve historically underrepresented populations. They claim a focus on bar passage rates does not adequately capture their success or account for the role they play in their communities.

6 Quick Tips For Busy Law Students

From Law School Toolbox:

6 Quick Tips For Busy Law Students
Being a law student is hard. Being a busy law student? That’s impossible. Whether you are a “scared to death” 1L who is spending all your time studying, a “worked to death” 2L who is juggling moot court and law review, or a 3L getting ready for practice, all law students struggle with having time for anything other than law school. I bop around with several different rep positions, student organizations, and even a new position at a firm. It gets pretty crazy trying to balance school and all of the extracurricular activities. However, using my experience, follow these tips in order to make your hectic life a little bit easier:

  1. Plan Ahead
  2. Meal Prep
  3. Five-Minutes Cram Sessions
  4. One-Day Errand Day
  5. Cleaning Schedule
  6. Stress Less

Making Law School a Place for People Who Know What They Want to Do

Law school applications have declined worldwide over the last decade. It is a different world for law schools. Austen L. Parrish, dean of Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, discusses how speaks to potential students in this climate.

There is no question that, starting in around 2010, the legal market has had major structural changes and as a result, the number of jobs that large law firms are offering has declined. But students are using a J.D. in different ways. For instance, our cybersecurity center has relationships with companies looking for students who might be interested in going into privacy management. Our entrepreneurial law clinic opens students’ eyes to how they can use a J.D. degree to create a start-up.

It sometimes makes sense for law schools to reduce class sizes to maintain quality, but generally they’re doing it for ranking purposes, not because it’s good for society. I don’t believe that law schools should somehow decide what the perfect number of law students is. Why should we deny students the chance to succeed as long as they understand the costs and benefits? Most students are fully aware that earning a J.D. is not a guaranteed ticket to riches and wealth, but it can open the door to a rewarding career if they work hard and hustle.

Read full article at www.chronicle.com

‘I Consider Law School A Waste Of My Life And An Extraordinary Waste Of Money’

‘I Consider Law School A Waste Of My Life And An Extraordinary Waste Of Money\'Business Insider interviewed a 28-year-old lawyer with deep regrets about his decision to go to law school. They asked him the following questions:

  1. Why did you decide to go to law school?
  2. What kind of job were you hoping to get?
  3. What kind of job did you end up getting?
  4. Roughly how much do you make?
  5. Do you enjoy it at all?
  6. Do you think your law school misled you about your job prospects? How?
  7. How much is your monthly student loan payment?
  8. Is it hard to get by? What kind of sacrifices have you had to make?
  9. What kind of advice would you have for somebody who’s applying to law school?
  10. Did you think you’d end up making more money since you went to a top 20 school?
  11. If you hadn’t gone to law school, what career path would you have pursued?
  12. Is there any aspect of the law school bubble that you think is inaccurately portrayed in the media?
  13. Did you enjoy the law school experience, in spite of the debt you incurred?

Of course, the experience of this person is only that of a single person. I know many who are happy with their choice of careers and love what they do. But I do know a disturbing number of lawyers who think like the one in this article:

I consider law school a waste of my life and an extraordinary waste of money. I feel like I was duped and tricked. At the end of the day, it’s my own fault for being a sucker and I learned an extremely hard lesson. Because I went to law school, I don’t see myself having a family, earning a comfortable wage, or having an enjoyable lifestyle. I wouldn’t wish my law school experience on my enemy.

9 Things You Learn When You Go To Law School (Thought Catalog)

9 Things You Learn When You Go To Law SchoolA little levity for the beginning of May, from Thought Catalog:

1. It is never as prestigious as it sounds.

2. It is not the same as on TV.

3. Cue all the narcissists and megalomaniacs.

4. People fear you.

5. You meet guys that don’t respect what you do.

6. You are expected to win every argument.

7. Your parents will find every opportunity to brag about you.

8. People will assume you know everything about the law.

9. Law, much like medicine, is a calling.

Read full article at thoughtcatalog.com

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