Mistakes to Avoid in LAW SCHOOL
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Mistakes to Avoid in LAW SCHOOL

Maximize your law school experience by avoiding these common mistakes
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Created by The Modern 1L LLC
Last updated 3/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • The overall goal of the course is to examine common problems law students face that ultimately undermine their performance.
  • Learn why law students historically don't get as much exercise as they should and why it hurts them in the classroom.
  • Should other law students be viewed as your competition? (Spoiler: NO)
  • Are you dumb if you ask questions in law school?
  • What is the single most important thing you can do when studying for finals?
  • How important is it to study for class each day?
  • Learn why fear creates counterproductive study habits in law school.
  • Learn why you should say hello the janitor.
  • Why do first year law students have trouble sleeping?
  • How does neglecting to prepare for lectures teach you a vital aspect of effective preparation?
  • When should you be studying for finals?
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  • Have an open mind. There are a lot of old attorneys who went through law school many years ago who will disagree with the advice given. This is to be expected, as the approach in this course is more progressive.
  • Students should know that the information in this course HAS WORKED FOR MANY STUDENTS.

No course can adequately teach you the substantive law before law school. If that is what you are looking for, don't even bother continue reading, let alone take this course. 

Mistakes To Avoid in LAW SCHOOL is a condensed class addressing important mistakes made by law school students. Not mistakes on exams, but behavioral, psychological, and time management mistakes.  

This prep course takes a holistic approach. This is very unique in the world of prep courses. This course wants to inform future law students about issues, not law. Future law students should learn about the environment, beneficial habits, psychology, time-management, attitude, and the social aspects of law school, NOT about contracts and torts. Future law students can more realistically be taught how to improve their habits so they succeed in law school. 

The Modern 1L LLC material HAS WORKED FOR MANY LAW STUDENTS. The information in this class is not the opinion of one person, but many, and published in The Modern 1L LLC Performance Manuscript. The Modern 1L LLC has conducted interviews with former law students, law professors, judicial clerks, undergraduate law instructors, and current law students. Studies in psychology, test taking, and performance have been examined. The culmination of this work was The Modern 1L LLC Performance Manuscript and now, this condensed class. 

The Modern 1L LLC is NOT A NEW COMPANY.  The Modern 1L LLC is fairly new to Udemy, but has operated for going on five years.  

Bonus Materials

This course gives you excerpts from The Modern 1L LLC Performance Manuscript. The following chapters are included:  

  1. "Classroom Preparation" (6 pages)
  2. "Sleep Issues in Law School"  (6 pages)
  3. "Exercise" (6 pages)
  4. Full dialogue of each lecture. There is not just an outline of what the lectures, but a near comprehensive transcript of the dialogue. 
Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is currently in law school and looking to improve their performance
  • Undergraduate students who are considering entering law school
  • Undergraduate students who have been accepted to law school and are going to attend
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
11 Lectures 01:09:48

Let's get started! Welcome to the course. Who is the Modern 1L LLC? Let's talk about our company, get acquainted, and get moving!

Preview 03:08

Why don't law students exercise? What are the specific benefits of exercise? Exercise does wonders for your focus, energy, concentration, and critical thinking skills. What is incredible is that not only is exercise going to help you in the short term (studying each day), but it is going to help you manage and control your stress over the course of a semester. Succeeding in law school is the equivalent of running a marathon, not a sprint. 

A little recognized benefit of exercise is the opportunity to network with others. People don't normally think of a gym as a networking hub, but it is, especially on a college campus. You will be able to meet others that have a lot in common with you. This is a excellent opportunity to meet other professional school students who are going to your school and also workout. A excellent opportunity that you should take advantage of. 

Let's explore these topics in-depth and get you to understand how valuable exercise is in law school. 

Preview 04:40

Wait, there is such a thing as TOO MUCH preparation for class? 

Why and under what circumstances can preparing for class be a BAD THING?  Conventional wisdom will have you believe that in order to succeed in the classroom, you need to be thoroughly prepared for class each and every day. This is particularly true in the law school environment, where you risk being called on and looking like a fool. The idea is to work smarter, not harder. You are graded on finals, not how prepared you come to class. Use your time to study for finals, not to become overly prepared on the nuances of a case that might be of little importance. 

In fact, preparing for class each day can cause you to get bogged down in the minutia and details of each class. The idea in law school is to see the big picture. The ones who get left behind are the students who can't fully separate the big picture from the details. Always be reminding yourself to step back and see the big picture. 

This is where our company starts to become progressive and the old attorneys will start to become upset. 

Preview 05:59

Not Doing Enough Practice Test Questions

Sleep is essential to maximizing academic performance, particularly in law school. While you sleep, your mind processes information. This lecture talks about the importance of sleep during law school and about why some law students have trouble sleeping their first year.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Should you view the others students as your competition? This lecture addresses that question and offers recommendations on how you should view your classmates during law school. 

Mindset: Competition

Student loans can really, really negatively impact how you perform in law school. They hang over you and it feels like there is nothing you can do about them. Realistically, there is not much you can do about them during law school. In order to perform as well as you are capable of performing, you have to compartmentalize this problem and focus on the task at hand: School. 

The pressure that student loans can create does not improve your performance, it detracts it. The type of pressure is negative and creates unnecessary anxiety and stress. This prevents you from fully engaging the material and will make it harder for you to achieve the necessary balance. 

This lecture discusses student loans and how they negatively impact law students. Although this lecture does not offer any magic cure for the ill, it does offer a discussion about student loans creating stress and recommends taking initiate about your plan of attack once you graduate. If you have a plan of attack for when you graduate, you are being proactive and it might help ease your mind. 

Thinking About Student Loans

Learning names is a skill that is becoming farther and farther removed from our society. But it still holds incredible importance and can leave a lasting impression on others. Who is going to be around the law school that you should address by name? What skills does calling people by their name develop? We will answer these questions. 

Not Learning Names

When should you start studying for finals in law school? This lecture talks about when you should start studying for law school (spoiler: you should ALWAYS be studying for finals). 


What do all great students have in common? When is the most important time to ask yourself questions in law school? These questions will be discussed and answered in this lecture. 

Not Asking Enough Questions

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The Modern 1L LLC is a Company that provides guidance and feedback for incoming law students. M1L does not teach substantive law, but teaches strategy. M1L is a Company that provides tactical and practical advice on how a first year law student should approach and manage his or her time. In particular, M1L provides advice and guidance for how a first year law student can work smarter, not harder, and succeed in law school. The advice is geared towards maximizing law school. The advice given is based on studies in psychology, interviews, surveys, and common sense.