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.