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How I Improved my Law School GPA--and How You Can, Too!

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I’ve always done pretty well in school. Like many other people who went to law school, I didn’t have to try very hard in high school or undergrad. It was easy to memorize information and do well on tests. Most of my finals in undergrad, as a journalism major, were written assignments, online content, and videos or photos. But, there was a lesson I had to learn the hard way during 1L: law school requires different study methods than undergrad. During my first semester, I ended up with my lowest GPA of law school - a 2.5. I’d never had a GPA that low. Ever. Not only was it a huge shock, but it was also a huge wake-up call—I couldn’t continue doing what I’d done throughout undergrad and that first semester of law school. I know I’m not the only person to go through this—1L can be rough, not just because of the demand of a full schedule of doctrinal classes, but also because you’re figuring out how law school works. I knew I had to do something different. During the fall of 1L, my stu

Law School Final Exams: My Daily Routines to Leave You Feeling Great

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Now, I know what you're thinking--a Type-A law student loves routines? It's very shocking, I know. Having a daily routine is so comforting to me. It's nice to know how to get myself started each day and how to wind down each night.  Final exams can be a tough time to stick to your routines because there's so much pressure on you to focus on studying all the time. I know I've struggled each semester to maintain my work-life balance, and having a routine that's easy for me to stick to has helped out a lot.  Keep reading to learn more about my morning and night routines, as well as some tips to help you create your perfect routines.  My Morning Routine 6:30-7:00 AM I try to wake up between 6:30 and 7:00 each morning, although I will admit I'm not always successful with this. There are definitely some mornings where my alarm goes off and I'll determine that I need the extra rest. My cat will usually wake me up around this time, anyway, so it can be a bit har

Law Lifestyle Update: Life, Celebrating, Studying, and my Exciting Future

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 To everyone here on The Law Lifestyle: long time, no see! It’s been a minute. I took a break for most of this past semester without any warning to you. And I apologize for that. I desperately needed time to focus on fall finals, classes, my internship, my bar application, my job search, and so much more. It’s been a whirlwind of a final semester, and I’m excited to hop back into this blog. While resetting a lot of my website and my Instagram page (which you can find here  😉), I looked at my old work and photos for the first time in a long time. I’ve come a long way in the four or so years since I first started this blog as an 0L. It’s been a big part of my life. I’m grateful to you for reading this, whether you’ve been here since the beginning, or you just happened to find me today. I think of who I was as an 0L, 1L, and 2L, and I’m proud to think of how far I’ve come. I vividly remember sitting in a classroom for my first day of orientation and thinking to myself, “There’s no way I’

How to Outline

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  After being an orientation leader for two years now, I've noticed one specific thing that consistently confuses and scares incoming 1Ls: outlining. One you're in law school, you drop that word so casually and it becomes such a normal part of your vocabulary that we just expect everyone around us to know what we're talking about. But that's not the case.  So, first off, what the heck is an outline?  In law school, outlines are created to summarize what you've learned in a class over the course of a semester. For some classes, you'll be allowed to use them during your final exam to help you recall information. You syphon the most important information from your classes so you can succeed on your exams.  Below, I'll go in-depth about how to outline, as well as provide some outlining tips that I've picked up over my time in law school.  How to Outline 1. Gather all your materials together.  By materials, I mean anything you've used throughout the semes

How I Take Notes in Law School

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  You'll notice that the title doesn't say this is how you should take notes in law school--this is just the way I choose to do it. I'm a big believer in the idea that everyone approaches law school in a different way, so the way that I take notes may not be the way that works for you, but it could inspire you to figure out what note-taking method works best for you.  I use Microsoft OneNote to take notes in class. This semester, the only class I'm in is Constitutional Law II, so I'll be using my notes from that to show you how I prepare for class and take notes during class. Here's what a typical day of notes looks like for me:  As an overview, I read through and brief all my cases once before taking notes in OneNote. I find that it takes me too long to read through a case and take notes at the same time because I lose my place or train of thought too often.  The notes I take on my own are in the white font. Typically, this makes up the bulk of my notes for tha

How to Prepare for Orientation

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  First off, congrats, you're going to be starting law school soon! I hope you're taking some time to relax before the fall semester kicks off--don't worry, this blog will still be waiting after you take some time for yourself.  Now that you're back and well-rested, let's get down to business. This upcoming week will be my third time going through 1L orientation (once as a 1L and twice as an orientation leader), so I'd like to think I know a little bit about how to best prepare for the days ahead.  To prepare for this blog, I reread my orientation blog that I wrote way back in 2019. It's been a wild two years since then, so it was great to refresh my memory about how I was feeling before I knew anything about law school. If you're feeling anxious as the first day of classes get closer, just know that it will all make sense eventually and you'll be wondering what you were so worried about in the first place.  Related: Law School Orientation Overview  

All About the MPRE

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  If you follow me on Instagram (which you should be if you don't already - @thelawlifestyleblog 😉), you've seen that I began studying for the MPRE this week. It's coming up fast for myself and everyone else taking it in August, even though it's something I didn't know existed until coming to law school. I'll be updating you all with another blog after I take the MPRE to let you know how my study schedule worked out for me and what I thought about the exam.  What is the MPRE?  The MPRE is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, a two-hour exam with 60 multiple-choice questions meant to test your knowledge of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility and other standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers. 50 of the questions are scored, and the remaining 10 questions are unscored pretest questions.  Most jurisdictions require passing the MPRE to be admitted to the bar. Wisconsin and Puerto Rico do not require passing the MPRE to