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30 Ways for First Year Law Students to Achieve Success

24 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2010 Last revised: 25 Aug 2010

Jennifer Bard

Texas Tech University School of Law

Brett Gardner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 28, 2010

Abstract

Law School is a scary and mysterious place and incoming students often have very little idea what to expect. Students eventually catch on to the difference between legal and undergraduate educations: fact-pattern analysis versus memorization of facts. This article is based on a series of presentations I made under the auspices of Texas Tech University School of Law’s Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA), which offers a boot camp for incoming students and a second round of orientation after the first semester. This article provides practical advice from a Torts Professor and a successful third-year law student on how to succeed in law school. It presents information for the incoming student about what distinguishes a student who gets As from one who gets Cs. In its second part, it addresses students after they have their first semester grades and advises them on how to assess their performance and make changes if necessary.

Keywords: professor, torts, professionalism, cognition, neuroprocessing, grading, grade, memory, technology, law student, success, advice, scary, grades, stress, studying, learning, cases, first year

Suggested Citation

Bard, Jennifer and Gardner, Brett, 30 Ways for First Year Law Students to Achieve Success (July 28, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1650386 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1650386

Jennifer S. Bard (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University School of Law ( email )

1802 Hartford
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States

Brett Gardner

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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