Being proactive

Being proactive is hands down one of the easiest ways to be successful in law school. It’s easy to get caught up in work, reading, and events but taking a proactive approach to your education only helps you stay on top of everything you need to do.

Let’s be honest, you will not understand a lot of law school. That’s fine, no one is expecting you to be able to know everything about it. When something comes up you don’t understand and you sit through class scratching your head, it might be time to be proactive. Professors love proactive students who are actively engaged not only in class but during office hours or through emails. I have never had a professor turn me down or treat me badly because I showed up to their office hours or emailed a question. Taking the time out of your schedule to go to office hours, stay after class to ask a question, or even compose a professional email to a professor can go a long way for your education.

Being proactive doesn’t end at the classroom. It may seem daunting but you’re studying for an exam. Not just your semester exams, THE exam. It’s easy to forget that’s why you are in school but being proactive and meeting with the bar prep advisor early on relives a lot of stress. They can give you timelines, answer questions about character fitness, help you figure out where you want to practice, etc.

Everyone in law school is willing to help you but you have to ask for it. Professors, faculty, staff, even other students are not mind readers and don’t know what you need. If you are proactive and say you need help, you’re going to be better off in the long run.

You can’t be wrong

I’ve been in orientation (not real orientation, more of a “here’s how to be successful” orientation) for, oh, two days now and if there is one thing I’ve learned: no one expects you to be perfect. I’m a huge perfectionist and I still intend to do my absolute best but it is a huge relief to know that I can do a brief, come to class, have it be completely wrong, and NO ONE CARES! Not my professors, not my classmates, no one. As long as it’s corrected and I understand the concepts, I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to learn.

My second lesson has been the Socratic Method sucks. We’ve been exposed to it a few times and while I generally don’t mind it, I know I’ll screw up at some point. Apparently as long as you don’t do this, the world doesn’t come crashing down:

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With any luck, I’ll be Socratic Method-ed on days where I 100% completely understood the case and rules. Ha, I doubt that will be ever.