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Q&A with a Harvard Law Student

Q&A with a Harvard Law Student

We recently did this Q&A with Nicholle, a third-year Harvard Law student, who discussed how she got into Harvard Law School, what surprised her most about law school, and more. She provided very thoughtful answers to our questions and we highly recommend you check out this fun and engaging video! Continue reading Q&A with a Harvard Law Student

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Should I Join A Study Group In Law School?

Should I Join A Study Group In Law School?

It doesn’t take long after law school orientation for students to huddle together in groups, often based on friends you meet in your 1L section. It’s a comforting feeling for many students to have a group of people they can feel familiar with when all other aspects of new life as a law student seem so unfamiliar. You talk about what classes to take, you share a laugh over the newest viral video, and you… study together? It’s one thing to have a group of law school friends, it’s another thing to form a study group with those friends. Study groups can be a great tool for succeeding in law school, but if not done well, they can be a major detriment. This blog outlines the pros and cons of joining a study group in law school.

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Law School Networking During COVID-19

Law School Networking During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic altered the methods many employers use to conduct business, and how these employers approach networking has also had to change. For students who entered law school during the pandemic and for those students already enrolled, networking can be a challenge. With students still attending classes from the comfort of home, it’s understandable. However, not all hope is lost! We here at JD Advising have also had to make some changes given ongoing coronavirus concerns – and how we approach networking is also included on the list. Let’s take a look at law school networking during COVID-19.

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Switching From Full-Time To Part-Time Status In Law School

Switching From Full-Time To Part-Time Status In Law School

Recently, JD Advising has received a number of questions from full-time law students considering transferring to part-time status. We’re here to fill you in on what you should know when considering whether to make the switch. Many law students who make the switch from full-time to part-time status do so for a variety of reasons. These reasons can range from academic, to financial, to personal.  Continue reading to get some more information about why students tend to switch from full-time to part-time status in law school.

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Tips To Expedite Your Character and Fitness Application

Tips To Expedite Your Character and Fitness Application

Every jurisdiction in the United States has some form of character and fitness requirement in order to practice law. As with other requirements, the character and fitness portion of obtaining a law license can be a long and sometimes grueling process.  In order to account for any hiccups along the way, it is a good idea to prepare your application with plenty of time to spare.  In this post, we give tips on how to collect the four most commonly requested types of information.

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Should I Buy Used Or New Law School Textbooks?

Should I Buy Used Or New Law School Textbooks?

Textbooks are expensive, and law school textbooks are certainly no exception. To minimize this necessary expense, many students consider alternative options to buying brand new books for every class. Some of these cheaper options include buying used textbooks, renting/loaning them, or buying access to the book in an electronic format. Before you jump at the best bargain you find, consider these factors to help determine whether you should buy used or new law school textbooks!

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Five Common Law School Social Events

Five Common Law School Social Events

Whenever the topic of law school is brought up, the conversation almost always shifts to studying, pressure, and responsibility. Tell someone you’re going to law school and their response is usually, “wow I’ve heard that’s a lot of work.” Yes, law school is a lot of work. Even so, law schools also have a number of enjoyable social events. That’s right, even law students are allowed to have fun from time to time. This blog post covers some of the most common social events law students might experience.

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Four Benefits of Pass/No Pass Law School Classes

Four Benefits of Pass/No Pass Law School Classes

For all of the stress and pressures that law school students endure, there are some saving graces. One thing that can make law school more palatable comes in the form of pass/no pass classes. Yes, we’re referring to taking a class without the stress of receiving a letter grade at the end of the semester! So, what are some other benefits to pass/no pass classes?  We discuss this in more detail below.

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Three Tips For An Overwhelmed 1L Law Student

Three Tips For An Overwhelmed 1L Law Student

Final exams are in full swing at law schools all across the country. For 2Ls and 3Ls that means finishing up another semester of studying, exams, reading, and everything else that comes with law school. For 1Ls, it’s the start of a brand new journey. Although the start of your law school career can be an exciting and new experience, it can also be overwhelming, especially around this time of year. In this post, we give three tips for an overwhelmed 1L student.

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How To Deal With Final Exam Anxiety

How To Deal With Final Exam Anxiety

If you’re reading this – chances are final exams are coming up, and you may or may not be freaking out. Final exams are a difficult period for law school students for a number of reasons. Not only do you have to engage in intensive study for multiple classes, but you also have to manage emotions. Anxiety, stress, pressure – they all have to be navigated when it comes to law school finals. However, for some students, the anxiety of upcoming final exams can be more a greater obstacle. We’re here to help you deal with the often-overwhelming anxiety that comes along with final exams. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite pieces of advice for dealing with final exam anxiety.

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Four Tips On Law School And Social Media

Four Tips On Law School And Social Media

Social media has revolutionized how we interact with one another. Believe it or not, there was a time where tweets, DMs, comments, and tagging your friends never existed. However, nowadays social media is intertwined with many aspects of our lives. From dating to sharing pictures to job hunting – social media plays a role in all of those things! For law students, social media can provide a much-needed escape from the stress that law school brings. In fact, most law schools actually keep a very active social media presence! Despite all of its benefits, social media use in law school can sometimes be a slippery slope. Law students need to be extra careful of content posted on social media and be cognizant of its ramifications. Your law school, peers, and future employers will all be keeping a close eye on your social media. That means some ground rules should be reviewed before you decide to post that “SpRiNG BRreAk – VeGAs2021” album. Let’s take a closer look at what to keep in mind.

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Academic Probation And Disqualification In Law School

Academic Probation And Disqualification In Law School

There is no denying that getting good grades in law school is important.  After all, good grades often lead to interview opportunities, help you secure that summer associate or related position, and keep you on track to graduate. Without good grades in law school, students can find themselves in trouble. On top of not being able to compete for job opportunities, the students might also face additional scrutiny. We’re not talking about scrutiny from parents, friends, or even professors – but rather from the law school itself. Academic probation and disqualification are real consequences at law schools around the country.

So, what is academic probation and disqualification, and why are they such big deals to law students? Let’s take a look and dive into the not-so-bright world of academic probations and disqualifications.

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Tips For International Students Applying To U.S. Law Schools

Tips For International Students Applying To U.S. Law Schools

The opportunity to attend law school doesn’t only exist within the borders of the United States. As an international student applying to American law schools, there are some things to keep in mind. Before spending hours preparing for the LSAT, filling out law school applications, and securing letters of recommendation, hear us out. Here are our top three pieces of advice for international students applying to U.S. law schools.

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1L Study Schedule

How To Design Your 1L Study Schedule

How To Design Your 1L Study Schedule

There are many ways to organize your study time in law school.  Given this, we thought we would give you a few ideas about how to design your 1L study schedule.  To begin, consider the first two questions—when and where do I study best (you may even consider writing down your responses!).  Once you’ve worked through your answers, move on to step 3, designing your 1L study schedule.

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