Procrastination is a big issue in law school. You cannot cram for a law school test! To succeed, you must study regularly, learn the law, and do the most important thing that most students hate, which is practice. This cannot be done in one day or even in a couple of days. Students must be steady during the entire semester. Remember that your accountability is that test that is looming in the future, which is usually your final exam at the end of the semester. The marathon of law school takes hard work and discipline.
How to Stop Procrastinating in Law School:
(1) Set up a study schedule. Everyone should do this. Students may set up a Contracts week, and a Civ Pro week afterward. Their goals for the week may be to update their Criminal Law outline, answer at least one practice exam on Con Law, and do one hour of Torts multiple-choice questions.
(2) Sign up with LST – Law School Tutor and set up an accountability structure for yourself. Law students usually find it too difficult to make themselves answer practice exams. Writing a practice exam is usually the last thing they want to do while they are juggling so many other things in life. If you want to get things done, have external deadlines that will keep you on track.
(3) Keep tabs on what you are doing throughout the day. Yes, that’s right! Practice that billable hour early in law school. It will help you realize what you spend your time on and what actually produces something that will benefit your life and goals.
(4) Reward yourself with a break. Often times our students will study 10 hours per day. Law students need to remind themselves to get up, walk around, take some deep breaths, eat something healthy and relax. Plan your breaks so that you can refocus and do not let those breaks get out of control where you ruin the next day or are too tempted to never get back to studying. Spending too much time on social media or with friends can break you during law school.
(5) Find the best place for you to study. Law students may find that the law library is the best place. However, some social butterflies may also be in the library and may distract you. Some students find that studying at home is really conducive because they have a very supportive family system in place who allows them to have their own down time and does not interfere with their law school schedule. Some students purposefully place themselves in loud areas like coffee shops, to see if they can handle answering an exam or learning a complex issue around noise. Being able to acquire the skills to drown out noise around you and put up with things that are uncomfortable comes in very handy when you are taking an exam with 100 students who are panicking and typing loudly on their laptops in a room that may not be the right temperature. Remember, testing out scenarios before getting into your testing location helps a lot of people, so let it help you out as well.
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