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How NOT to Prepare for Law School


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today we’re going to talk about how not
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to prepare for law school so stick
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around and get a head start here at
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legal eagle we’ve talked a lot about
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what you should do before you start law
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school so you can get a head start and a
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leg up on your classmates which is
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really important because you’re going to
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be graded on a curve so every advantage
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you can get is important but there’s a
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lot of bad information out there and
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there’s a lot of mistakes you can make
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before starting law school here are some
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of the worst things that you can do
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before starting law school so the first
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thing you should not do before starting
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law school is you should not read your
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case book this is a case book it’s a
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compilation of all the cases that you’re
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going to read in your class now the last
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thing that you should do is start
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opening it up and reading inside number
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one you’re not going to cover everything
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that’s in the book number two every
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professor is different so even different
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professors would use the same case in
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different ways and you’re going to have
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to learn how your particular professor
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uses that case book now on top of that
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if you did start reading it a lot of the
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cases wouldn’t make a lot of sense
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that’s because the law needs to be
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interpreted sometimes you use the facts
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from a certain case as a point of
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reference sometimes you only use
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bright-line rules and you ignore the
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facts and it’s up to your professor to
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tell you what’s important to take away
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from every particular case in addition
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it’s really complicated stuff and there
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are hundreds of books that are out there
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to help digest that material looks like
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commercial supplements and commercial
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outlines so digging into your case book
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well it might seem like a good idea and
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a good way to get ahead is actually a
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terrible idea it’s just going to create
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more stress and speaking of commercial
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outlines don’t read those either here’s
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the commercial outline from Gilbert’s
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on torch a commercial outline contains a
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summary of a particular subject in this
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case torts but it’s a bad idea to sit
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down and read those – first of all it’s
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hundreds of pages long
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are big pages it would be a huge task to
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try and read through it and you have at
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least three substantive courses every
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semester you’re not going to get through
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it and even if you did you probably
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wouldn’t really understand it even it’s
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broken down components and again you
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have to understand the law as your
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professor presents it to you your
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professor is the one that’s going to be
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giving you a final exam and that
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professor is going to write their final
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by themselves so it’s really important
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to understand the law as your professor
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gives it to you now
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we love commercial outlines and
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supplements at legal they play a very
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vital role when you’re studying for
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class but the summer before law school
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starts is not the right time to read it
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it’s a recipe for disaster it’s just not
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worth it which leads me to my third
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point don’t try understanding the law
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before you get to law school it would
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take an incredibly long time lawyers
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spend their entire careers learning very
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small portions of the law and any
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advantage you would have in learning the
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substantive law would quickly be erased
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as people started boning up themselves
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on the law itself which leads me to my
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next point don’t freak out Law School is
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a very stressful time no doubt about it
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but it’s also wonderful
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you’ll meet great people you will
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stretch yourself academically in ways
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that you didn’t think you were capable
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of you will learn things that you had no
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idea existed every day you’re going to
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learn something new and if you play your
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cards right in law school you’re going
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to have a great time and it’s going to
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be worthwhile I can tell you as a
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practicing trial attorney it was an
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incredibly worthwhile experience and I
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would do it again if I had to which
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brings me to my final tip don’t do
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nothing now sure it’s tempting to just
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sit back on a beach and relax before you
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start law school but now is the time
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where you really can get a head start
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and you get a head start not by studying
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the law but by studying law school
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itself so many people go into law school
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not knowing anything about the process
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itself and specifically they don’t know
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anything about how to take law school
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exams but law school exams are kind of
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like the LSAT
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there are strategies and there are
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tactics to do better and you can
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practice those tactics ahead of time in
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our video on the two pillars of law
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school success we talked about how you
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have to both master the law and master
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the tests in law school
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everybody masters the law in law school
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but so few people put in the time to
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learn how to take law school exams well
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and when your entire grade is based on
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one single exam it’s so important to
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learn how to do that exam so while it’s
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tempting to just sit back don’t do
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nothing before you start law school so
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there you go those are the things you
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should not do before starting law school
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hopefully that helps before you begin
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you’ll have a great time it’s definitely
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worth it and from everyone here at legal
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eagle remember to study smart through
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law school oh and one last thing if
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you’re getting ready for law school
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check this out
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