Choosing Law School Classes Wisely

Pile up on required classes: The last thing you want in law school is to have your graduation delayed because you did not take a required class. Make sure to check with your school and see what classes are required in order for you to graduate. If you know any upper-level students, ask around and see what classes fill up the fastest or which classes they recommend taking. This will allow you to plan ahead and not get thrown off if you go to register for classes and half of them are full.

Don’t be afraid to take any summer classes: If you are stressed out taking 15 credit hours or more during the fall or spring semester, taking one or two classes in the summer can be very useful. Not only will it help lighten your schedule for you in later semesters, it can also open more possibilities if you do not have a packed schedule. When it comes to doing a summer job or internship, most employers are very understandable about you being in school and are willing to work around your schedule. Widener itself is helpful since most summer classes offered by the school are night classes which allow you to work in the mornings and early afternoons.

Take PR and Evidence early on: As a personal opinion, I would say take these two classes sooner rather than later. PR is an ethics class that is required by the school, and surprise you have to take and pass the MPRE in addition to passing the bar. The great news is that you can take this whenever so if you get the class out of the way early, you can take the MPRE test as a 2L or whenever it is convenient for you. In addition, most internships you get into like the fact you already have taken these classes. It gives your employer a little peace of mind.

Final Thoughts: It is better to be over prepared rather than just winging it and scheduling classes last minute. These are just a few tips so in no way think that you’re doing your scheduling wrong or are behind if you are not sure what to schedule.

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