Author: jordanklingler

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.

Separating home life and law school

Law school is very hard and time-consuming. I’m sure that is something you have heard many times before. However, whether you spend 5 hours or 20 hours per week with your head buried in a case book, and taking notes, it is important that you have the ability to take time away from school. One thing I learned very early on is to make free time for yourself. Law school is very taxing and it is important to keep yourself mentally in check. You need to be able to separate the life you have have at school and your home life.

In order to get yourself out of the mindset of law school, schedule something to do that does not involve studying. Whether you enjoy hanging out with friends, watching netflix, going to new restaurants, or exercising, do something that does not involve picking up a casebook and briefing cases. That stuff is important when you are focusing and putting in time to learn, but when you are trying to relax it should be the last thing on your mind. I always take time away to rewatch Sherlock on netflix and exercise to keep myself mentally stable.

This may seem fairly obviously but get enough sleep. Seriously, this is important. It may seem like you need to stay up all night studying Contracts, but if you aren’t getting enough sleep you will be sluggish during class. If all you can think about during class is how sweet that afternoon nap is going to be, you may need to reevaluate how much sleep you are getting. It is important to feel rested so you can focus when you are at school.

I cannot stress enough how helpful it has been to me to separate home life and law school. I enjoy law school and all my classes, but I also enjoy taking time away from it. So make sure you plan some time to keep yourself mentally in check. You’ll thank yourself for it the minute you do.