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The Girl’s Guide to Law School®exists for one reason: to help you get what you want from your law school experience. This isn’t about some abstract version of “success.” It’s about figuring out what you want to achieve, and helping you get there.

This week we welcome back guest writer Shirlene Armstrong to answer all of those burning questions about exams. You spend all semester reading cases, attending lectures, and trying to learn the law. Countless hours spent trying to master your different classes and applying the law to real factual situations. And now it is time to show your professors what you’ve got! It’s final exam season yet again, one of the most daunting parts of law school. Final exams
This week we welcome back guest writer Hillary Vaillancourt to discuss some obvious signs that you need to take a breather and slow down your pace in law school. There’s no way around it. Law school is stressful and busy. You are expected to read more than you have ever read before. You are expected to analyze cases you’ve never heard of. You must plan to answer questions on said cases in front of your peers. You need…
This week we welcome back guest writer Mark Livingston to all about maintaining relationships with your professors and other faculty after school. Law school is all about connections. Connections with your classmates, faculty, and supervisors and colleagues at internships, externships, and clerkships throughout law school. The people you interact with in law school represent the foundation of your legal community. If given the right amount of care and attention, you can cultivate these relationships and feast on the fruits…
This week we welcome guest writer Elizabeth Knox to talk about what it’s like to go to law school as a parent – an offers some advice for making it through! She was beaming, thrilled by the pomp and circumstance. The crowd cheered for her as much as they cheered for me. Holding my five-year-old daughter’s hand as I crossed the stage to accept my diploma at my law school graduation was one of the proudest moments…
This week we welcome back guest writer Christen Morgan to discuss how preparing for midterms can also help you to prepare for final exams. Imagine learning that your fate in achieving a specific goal would all be based on one factor? Well if you’re in law school you’re probably well aware of this dilemma. Unlike your undergraduate courses, in law school there aren’t a variety of exams, homework assignments, pop quizzes and papers that factor into…
This week we welcome back guest writer Hillary Vaillancourt to talk about why adding some fiction reading into your law school routine might be a good idea. Open any law school online forum and you will likely find numerous instances of prospective law students asking questions like, “I’m thinking of going to law school, but I also like to read for fun. Can I do both?” or “How do you find time to read for…
This week we welcome back guest writer and recent law school grad Mark Livingston to discuss how to learn from your mistakes and move forward. Fortunately, law school is only three years long. Unfortunately, law school is a long three years. Although you only have a finite amount of time to get things right while earning your JD, there is room during those three, long years to make mistakes; learn from those mistakes, regroup for the next exam,…
We’re excited to initiate a series of interviews with various LSAT prep companies, exploring their approach and getting some tips for success. (If you’d like to be featured, let me know.) Today, we’re talking with Odyssey Test Prep about how their approach to studying for the LSAT. Find out more below! 1. Could you talk a bit about Odyssey Test Prep: What’s your philosophy? What type of instruction do you offer? How are you…
This week we welcome back guest writer Alexandra Muskat to talk about dealing with the adjustment to law school as a 1L. The first few weeks of law school are over for many of you, and I’m sure that the “out-of-water” feeling is starting to set in. When I first started school, I was totally overwhelmed by the feeling that something was wrong. I had a tremendous amount of anxiety and couldn’t comprehend why I…
We welcome back guest writer Hillary Vaillancourt to talk about goals for  2L year and how to get there. There’s an old saying about law school that you’ve probably heard already. The saying goes, “The first year they scare you to death. The second year they work you to death. The third year they bore you to death.” That held true for me. I can absolutely say I worked harder the second year than I…