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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…
This week we welcome guest writer and 2L Stephanie Nweke, to talk about some of the best ideas for supporting your friends of color as a law student. Discussions on race, diversity, and inclusion can make people feel really uncomfortable. As a female, first-generation, and African American law student, I’ve had experiences with people who have negative stereotypes and unconscious biases towards me. The best way to respond accordingly to discrimination and prejudice is…
The week we welcome back guest writer Kathryn Blair to talk about gender bias in law school, and some ideas for combatting it. Statistics released by the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession show women have been inching closer and closer to receiving half of J.D.s awarded in the United States, finally appearing to have achieved that parity in 2018. Contributing to that, 2016 marked the first year that women…
This week we welcome back guest writer Christen Morgan to talk about some of the supplies that you should get going into law school – that you might not know about! Whether you’re just starting law school, you’ve been there for a few years or you’ve already graduated and started prepping for the bar, you can’t deny the necessity of having the right supplies. The right supplies can make the difference in keeping you organized,…
This week we welcome back guest writer Briana Borgolini to talk about some advice for handling callback interviews. First, congratulations on finishing (or almost finishing) OCI, and reaching the callback stage! This can be a very exciting time, but it can also be very stressful. It is one thing to get through a twenty-minute interview on your own campus, and quite another to get through an hours-long interview at the firm itself. For many,…
This week we welcome guest writer Hillary Vaillancourt to talk about easing into fall semester after that summer off from law school. Transitioning from summer break to fall classes has its challenges. For some, the summer was spent at a law clinic practicing one area of law or at an internship maybe touching on a few legal subjects. For some, especially incoming 1Ls, the summer may have been spent working a retail job or simply…
We welcome back guest writer Alexandra Muskat to discuss mental health  in law school and some advice for keeping yourself mentally healthy during the stressful time that is law school. Nothing about law school has stayed with me more than the comments I got when I was applying to school. My roommate’s response was, “Why? It’s like supposed to be…awful.” Then, a few weeks after I sent my application in, I spoke to a friend…